An Employer’s Perspective on Typos

Three of the most common typographical errors we see in cover letters:

  1. The name of the firm/organization is misspelled
  2. The student used a previous letter and over-wrote the name of the new firm in the address block but failed to update the body of the letter (Dear Smith Law Firm: I am writing to express genuine interest in working for Jones Law Firm – ouch!)
  3. The name of the recipient is misspelled

Three pointed responses from a recent employer:

  1. You are competing with a very strong group of equally-qualified applicants
  2. We need employees who can be relied upon to produce an excellent work product
  3. Even the most secure of us see our own name first!

 A core service provided by your Law Career Services office is career document review. Or ask a friend…a roommate…a faculty advisor…ask someone to read and re-read your resume and cover letter before you submit them for employer consideration!

First impressions are critical. Employers suspect that your work product may never be better than your application packet. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot, check those typos at the door and land the interview with stellar documents that best reflect your attention to detail and your ability to do an exceptional job!

Feel free to contact Law Career Services for a Career Documents appointment.

PCDC-Public Defenders Corps Application Deadline Extended

Due to requests from member schools and students, Equal Justice Works is extending the application deadline for Public Defender Corps to 5 p.m. EDT on Friday, September 30, 2011.  EJW hopes that this change will allow more students to complete and submit  applications.

EJW apologizes for this last minute change, but  wanted to respond to the many phone calls received requesting for more time. 

Please contact 202-466-3686, ext. 134 or publicdefendercorps@equaljusticeworks.org if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process.

PCDC Communication Information – Fall 2011

Dear Students:  As you settle into the routine of law school next week, again or for the first time, the PCDC wants to welcome you and give you some input on where you will find information this academic year that will assist in your professional and career development.  Beyond the PCDC Website, information about what we are doing for you is located in four main areas:

1) Symplicity CSM (login required) – Comprehensive resource containing information on: employers, job listings, PCDC events, student profile to post work and volunteer activity, appointment request module, resource library, event registration, etc.  First-year and transfer students will receive information on accessing this soon.

2) PCDC Blog – Instead of sending numerous emails to the student body (you will receive some from the PCDC), we encourage students to subscribe to the RSS feeds we populate.  Don’t know what these are? Click here for RSS in Plain English. For example, we post a “Job of the Day” each business day (this is just one of several jobs posted daily in Symplicity) and at the end of the week we provide information on what is going on with various bar associations for the following week so that you can engage professional networking opportunities.  We also post on numerous other relevant and helpful topics related to finding jobs and making career connections. This information will always be on our blog for easy access and no email filing! Click here to subscribe to PCDC Blog RSS Feed.

3) OCU LAW Events – There are many worthwhile programs and events held throughout the year which enrich a student’s professional and career development.  This calendar is the place to check out the numerous opportunities and associated deadlines coordinated throughout the law school by students, faculty and administration.  Click here to subscribe to the OCU LAW Events Calendar RSS Feed.

4) OCU LAW PCDC LibGuide – This is a partnership effort with the Law Library which features book resources that can be checked out.  As this is a new venture, we would appreciate your feedback!  Click here to subscribe to the PCDC Lib Guide RSS Feed.

We also engage the use of social media, links for which are listed below.  We welcome you to join these communities!  If you have any questions, please let me know. Wishing you the best.

Gina D. Rowsam | Oklahoma City University School of Law | Assistant Dean | Professional and Career Development Center | growsam@okcu.edu

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Connect with OCU LAW Online Networks
Facebook: OCU LAW PCDC & OCU LAW
Twitter: OCU LAW PCDC Tweets OCU LAW Tweets
LinkedIn: OCU LAW Alumni LinkedIn

PCDC-Pro Bono and Public Interest

Are you interested in applying for an Equal Justice Works Fellowship? If the answer is yes, you will not want to miss an exclusive webinar for EJW member law schools: Winning Equal Justice Works Style: Tips for Creating a Successful Fellowship Application. During this webinar, EJW will walk participants through the process and provide inside tips for creating a successful application. 
 
Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School will prepare incoming students to take of the necessary steps to benefit from loan repayment programs before they enter the classroom. 
 
Space for both webinars is limited so register today!
 
Winning Equal Justice Works Style: Tips For Creating a Successful Fellowship Application
Thursday, June 16, 1 p.m. EDT
Click here to register
 
Plan Before You Borrow: What You Should Know About Educational Loans BEFORE You Go to Graduate School
Thursday, June 16, 2 p.m. EDT
Click here to register

Professional Development Program: Drafting Your Resume and Creating Cover Letters – 11/16/2010

5:00 to 5:45 pm
Sarkeys Law Center Room 103

First impressions can make or break an opportunity. For many students, the first contact they have with a prospective employer is through their career documents, i.e. resume, cover letter, writing sample, etc. This session will offer tips and examples to develop top-notch documents that will compel employers to give your application serious consideration. Debbie Boles, Law Career Counselor, will provide a lively and energetic program that will motivate you to maximize your potential as it relates to developing these documents.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES – At the end of this session students will understand:
1) what is important to convey in creating career pursuit documents
2) online resources available showing examples
3) tips and tricks for easing the creation of documents
4) questions from the audience