The 2016-2017 Pillars Program offered a series of programs to meet the needs of our members. For example: Dealing with the Realities of Un/Underemployment and Career Transition (Should I stay or should I go?), Resume Basics and Formats, and Interview Techniques for Speaking with Confidence to the “Big Dogs”.
Other topics were Effective Job Hunting (Career assessments, Best methods of job hunting and navigating the current economy) and “Putting your best foot forward” (proper introductions, professional correspondences, effective networking).
Session 1 (October 12, 2016): Dealing with the Realities of Un/Underemployment & Career Transition
Special thanks to our presenters: Mary Groth, CMBA Director of Member & Donor Engagement; Mary Beth C. McConville, Senior Attorney, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; and Scott McEvoy, Oswald Companies
- Are they worth it? What if it takes away time from the job hunt?
- What if you take on a pro bono opportunity then a job comes up?
- What do potential employers think when they see non-legal work on a resume?
Benefits of and leveraging a bar associations
- Not just for networking, provide other volunteer/social opportunities and resources
- Get a mentor – informally through the CMBA and some sections or through the Supreme Court’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring program
- What are my insurance options?
- COBRA and other options
Session 2 (December 15, 2016): Resume Basics & Formats
Special thanks to our presenters Sarah D. Beznoska, Assistant Director of Career Planning, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Michael T. McCarthy, Director of Student Services, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
- How can you make your resume standout?
- Should and should not rules and formats
- Handling difficult topics like gaps in resume
Session 3 (February 9, 2017): Carpe Diem. Seize Your Opportunity
Interactive presentation on how to determine, search for, and land the perfect employment opportunity for you. Special thanks to Nick Froning, Koblentz & Penvose, LLC, Attorneys At Law, and Jessica Mathewson, Legal Recruiting Coordinator, McDonald Hopkins LLC for their insights to:
- Establishing the Perfect Opportunity
- Looking for the Perfect Opportunity
- Landing the Perfect Opportunity
Session 4 (April 13, 2017): The Art and Science of Networking
New to town? Looking for your first lawyer gig or maybe your next? Trying to grow your practice? Or are you simply working to establish your brand as one of the best of the best? This free, one-hour program on “The Art and Science of Networking” was presented by CMBA President-Elect Darrell Clay, partner at Walter|Haverfield and Becky Ruppert McMahon, executive director of the CMBA.
Session 5 (June 20, 2017): Interview Techniques for Speaking with Confidence to the “Big Dogs.”
You've mastered the resume, nailed the cover letter, and now you have just the interview to ace. Are you ready? This free, one-hour session was led by Ed Blakemore, assistant general counsel for Rockwell Automation.