Rachel Marx Boufford

Rachel is a recruiting and marketing professional and previously worked as a litigation associate at a large New York law firm. Rachel has a JD from Harvard Law School and a BA from Tufts University.


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Back to School—Tips for 1L Success

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  August 21, 2012

It's back to school season, and for some intrepid souls, that means the start of the infamous and much-feared 1L year. We'll assume you've already watched The Paper Chase while chewing your nails off, so here are some more practical tips for a successful first year of law school: Go to class. And while you're there, listen. While some of your professors won't require attendance, it's essential to not only show up to class, but also to actively listen and take notes. It sounds obvious, but... Read More >

The On-Campus Interview: Get In, Get Out, Get Called Back

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  August 15, 2012

For many law students across the country, 'tis the season-not of summer Fridays and beach trips, but of the on-campus interview program. OCI, as it is called at many schools, provides students the opportunity to interview for summer associate positions with multiple law firms over the course of a few days. While each law school runs its interview program a bit differently, there are a few things you can do to maximize your OCI success. Keep your eye on the prize. There is only one goal of... Read More >

Announcing Vault’s Best Law Firm Summer Associate Programs

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  August 14, 2012

The junior associates have spoken, and Williams & Connolly is where it's at for the best overall experience during a summer associate program. During its annual law firm associate survey, Vault asked first through third year associates who had worked as summer associates at their current firms to rate the program both in terms of how well it prepared them for full-time practice and how much fun they'd had. The average of these two scores determined which firms ranked on our Best Overall... Read More >

A Day in the Life: Non-Profit Executive Director

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  August 10, 2012

Julia Wilson, Executive Director, One Justice and the Legal Aid Association of California Julia Wilson is the Executive Director of OneJustice and the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC), where she is responsible for leading statewide advocacy efforts on behalf of the legal services delivery system, statewide strategic planning initiatives, and serving as a liaison for the legal services community. Julia started her legal career as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and now supervises... Read More >

Crafting the Perfect Resume… When You’ve Never Had a Job

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  August 08, 2012

There are plenty of resume-writing tips out there for those of us with experience in our fields-using action verbs, formatting in an attractive and easy to read manner, highlighting only relevant employment. But how do you go about creating a resume that doesn't look empty when you've been a full-time student your whole life? First, the bad news: even recent graduates are expected to fill up a page with relevant experience. But here's the good news: "relevant experience" is a much broader... Read More >

Have You Googled Yourself Today?

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  August 02, 2012

Have you applied for countless jobs with nary an interview scheduled? You could blame it on the economy… but have you Googled yourself lately? These days, many hiring managers hit the internet to research potential candidates. And, fairly or not, they will judge you based upon what they find. So before you send out another cover letter, make sure you've followed these steps to cleaning up your online image: Check your search results. Go ahead, Google yourself. What pops up on the first... Read More >

How to Become a Cover Letter Writing Machine (Part Two)

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  July 24, 2012

Last week, we reviewed how creating a cover letter template can save time and effort when sending out multiple job applications. However, even the best template needs to be customized before you send it out as a cover letter. Employers want to see evidence that you are specifically interested in the position you are applying for, and not just mass mailing every company with a job posting. Here, step by step, is a guide to personalizing your cover letters:   1. Start by stating the purpose... Read More >

How to Become a Cover Letter Writing Machine

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  July 18, 2012

Writing an excellent cover letter doesn't have to be difficult-but it does take preparation and time. The good news? Once you have developed a stellar cover letter, you can use it as a template for multiple job applications. In this two-part post, I'll take you through the steps of writing a successful cover letter. Step One: Create a Template If you're sending out several cover letters a day as part of your job search, creating a customizable cover letter template will save you a lot of... Read More >

Don’t Stress It! Tips for Dealing with Workplace Stress

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  June 14, 2012

In a recent study by the American Psychological Association, more than one third of workers said they typically felt stressed during their workday. Twenty percent said that their average daily level of stress from work would score an 8 or higher on a 10-point scale. Why is work so stressful? Is there anything we can do to mitigate workplace stress? Vault.com spoke with Nina Godiwalla, the founder of MindWorks-an Austin-based company that trains professionals in mind-based stress reduction... Read More >

How to Ace a Phone Interview

by Rachel Marx Boufford  |  May 03, 2012

Increasingly, companies are conducting first-round interviews over the phone. This helps recruiting and hiring managers zero in on top candidates more efficiently. For many candidates, however, a phone interview can be a frightening prospect. Most people communicate better in person-where nonverbal cues like gestures and smiles can make up for otherwise awkward moments. But the reality is that phone interviews aren't going anywhere for now-so what can you do to present yourself in the best... Read More >

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