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NJSBA Plans Career Development Conference

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Law students, lawyers, paralegals and legal support staff interested in moving on to greener professional pastures should plan to attend the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Career Development Conference 2006. Scheduled for Thursday, March 9, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick, the event will include a free job fair and a career workshop.

Law firms, corporate legal departments and legal placement agencies all will be on hand for the job fair between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m., making it the perfect place to network with potential employers. Available positions range from summer associate posts to lateral attorney openings, as well as paralegal, legal secretary and support staff positions.

The career workshop, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature career consultant Gideon Grunfeld, Esq., president and founder of Successful Career Strategies, Inc. One of the nation’s leading speakers and career consultants, Grunfeld promises to both entertain and educate his audience.

The topics he will address include: the best job-searching techniques; effective interviewing skills; negotiating higher salaries; and making career transitions, for example entering the nonprofit or in-house counsel arena. All participants also will receive a comprehensive handout/workbook to assist them in their career enhancement efforts.

Just a few of the key points participants will learn during this information-packed seminar and in the provided materials include:

The five essential rules that govern how the law job market works

The two questions every law employer wants answered before hiring a new employee

The four-step process to prepare for any law-related interview

How to organize and implement a successful job search in as little as two hours a week

How to select the right references

The four most effective job search techniques for lawyers

How to collect up-to-the-minute information about any employer

How to create a resume that will grab the employer’s attention in 10 seconds or less

The 10 most important questions that needed to be answered before accepting an offer

How to get more money during salary negotiations

Register Today

The job fair is free, but, since space is limited, registration is required. Registration fees for the career workshop are $49 for attorney members of the NJSBA ($59 if paid after Feb. 17 and $69 at the door); $29 for law student and non-attorney NJSBA members ($39 after Feb. 17 and $69 at the door); and $69 for attorney non-members ($79 after Feb. 17 and $89 at the door). Payment must be received by March 6 to reserve a seat at this potentially career-changing event.

To register, or for additional information, visit the NJSBA website at and click on the flashing “Career Development Conference” button. Registration may also be completed by calling the NJSBA Legal Career Center at 866-935-5902.

The New Jersey State Bar Association, incorporated in 1899, is dedicated to the continuing education of lawyers and the public, to reforming and improving the legal system and to aiding in the administration of justice.