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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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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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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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