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Students matter a lot to the people of the career services office. This is the message that Sari Zimmerman would like to send to students. Zimmerman, recently promoted to U.C. Hastings career services director, is eager to help students attain their career goals no matter how diverse those goals are. Zimmerman likes people, and that is what inspired her to leave her job with a high-profile Washington, D.C., firm to come to Hastings to work with students. Zimmerman received her law degree from Georgetown University and also studied there as an undergraduate in the school of foreign diplomacy. While at Georgetown, she landed a summer associate job at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, MacPherson and Hand. Ultimately, Zimmerman accepted an offer with that firm to work as an associate. While there, she worked with lobbyists and others on Capitol Hill. She left Verner Liipfert for what she considers her dream job at Hastings. She says Hastings offered a great opportunity because she is originally from the Bay Area and Hastings has outstanding law students. She finds the students practical, down-to-earth and appreciative, which makes her job even more rewarding. As an advice-giver on careers, Zimmerman has every reason to tout networking, which is what led to her job at Hastings. Through legal contacts, she met Hastings Dean Mary Kay Kane, who later asked her to coordinate the U.C. Hastings Alumni Mentor Program. Joining U.C. Hastings in 1996 as Alumni Mentor Program Co-coordinator proved to be a great start for Zimmerman. Now as the director of the career services office, Zimmerman says she is excited about upcoming changes. Her staff will soon include five professionals, two support staff and two peer counselors. She says she feels very confident about her staff and truly believes they function as a team. Fall on-campus interviewing has gone very well and the reopening of the Hastings Gold Room is very exciting. Zimmerman says employers really like interviewing in the Gold Room. Additionally, Career Services has been busy working with Eattorney.com to make the site more user friendly for OCI participants. This has involved consulting with other law schools, as well as the Eattorney Webmasters, on the project. In addition to her work on OCI, Zimmerman has been very busy with many organizations, such as National Association for Law Placement (NALP), for which she gave a presentation on how to land a job at an overseas law firm. Additionally, she recently gave a presentation to interviewers on how to overcome interview biases. Zimmerman also serves as Program Chair of the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association (BALRA). Even with all these organizations and new responsibilities, Zimmerman still feels that nothing beats working directly with students and watching them achieve their goals. Accordingly, her vision for Hastings Career Services in the future is to market students even more aggressively. She also wants to let students know that career services staff members care about all the students and want to help students find the best jobs for them as individuals. She wants students to know that there are diverse opportunities, as fall OCI was expanded to include more government agencies and public-interest employers. Zimmerman hopes to see the number of on-campus interviews continue to grow. In the spring, Career Services also hopes to offer a small firm OCI in conglomeration with other San Francisco Bay Area law schools. Zimmerman is very focused on personally helping each student. As director of Career Services, she envisions a balanced approach between policy setting and remaining student-centered through personal contact with the students. If there is anything she hopes students will learn from the career services office, Zimmerman says students should realize that they must be proactive and take charge of their own path; she has seen tenacity prove successful.

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