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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

The Unforgiving Market

by Andrew Gurman

Although U.S. stock markets had excellent returns for almost five years, the U.S. legal market saw a tepid recovery, leaving companies and law firms with far greater leverage during the hiring process than the attorney candidates who are seeking to join them. What had been a candidates’ market turned into an employers’ market by late 2008. Here are examples of the post-recession challenges faced by associates, counsel, and partners looking to make a move:

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Illusion of Job Security and Practical Implications

by Andrew Gurman

Many have seen the practice of law at major, large law firms or within an in-house setting as a safe choice for earning solid compensation and enjoying excellent job stability. That conception suffered during the Great Recession in the face of mass Biglaw and significant corporate in-house layoffs. But long-term stability was lacking even before that time …

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

How Important are Performance Reviews?

by Andrew Gurman

Associates often wonder what to make of their annual or semi-annual performance reviews. Firms may seem to minimize their importance by providing them weeks or months after they were originally supposed to take place, or even neglecting them altogether. But performance reviews do matter and can provide a bevy of information for attorneys who listen carefully to the explicit and implicit messages contained within them. Here are three varieties of performance reviews ...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Why A Legal Employer Should Use A Recruiter’s Services

by Andrew Gurman

You are a managing partner of a 50-attorney law firm in New York. You need a smart, hardworking third-year litigator trained at a large NYC law firm. The ad you placed produced 200 unqualified candidates, 30 of whom keep following up with you, either leaving voicemails or cluttering up your inbox with follow ups. Your assistant fields numerous calls from other candidates looking to return to law after a three-year hiatus or those looking to transition from corporate to litigation. After spending several hundred dollars on an advertisement and countless hours sifting through off-point resumes, you aren’t any closer to hiring. Sound familiar? If it does, read on regarding the reasons why a legal employer should hire a recruiter.

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Legal Recruiting FAQ

by Andrew Gurman

When I was an associate at large law firms years ago, I received phone calls from a variety of legal recruiters, but I only had a limited sense as to what they did and how they operated. Now having recruited for several years, I spend a lot of time educating attorneys about a recruiter’s role in helping them secure a new position. Candidates or potential candidates often ask the same questions about the recruiting process. Here are answers to ten questions that are commonly asked and/or should be of interest to candidates considering working with a legal recruiter:

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ten Suggestions to Improve Your Resume

by Andrew Gurman

Attorneys with several years of experience often tell me that they have not updated their resumes since law school. Regularly revising your resume is helpful for several reasons: (1) newly acquired skills are fresh in your mind; (2) when an exciting job opportunity arises, an updated resume allows for immediate consideration; (3) your own law firm or company may need a resume for internal purposes or as part of a pitch to a potential client; or (4) a resume may be needed before events, such as making a presentation or receiving an award.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Bigger is Better

by Andrew Gurman

Large law firms offer state of the art technology, Class “A” office space, bright and hardworking lawyers, in-house marketing and public relations departments, and other excellent features. Although big firms’ drawbacks can include a profit-centric and up-or-out culture and limited advancement opportunities, large firms offer many advantages over their smaller brethren. Here are some reasons to consider staying at or attempting a move to a larger firm.

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