Is Your Career Like a Canoe Trip or Whitewater Rafting?

Family white water rafting Clear Creek Idago Springs, Colorado August 10, 2016Is your legal career like a canoe ride across a lake or like a whitewater rafting trip? In my latest podcast, I speak with Jose Sierra a partner at Holland and Knight who has done it all (Clerked in 5th Circuit, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer for two pharmaceutical companies, and worked at small, mid-sized and large law firms).

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In a Tight Labor Market, Show the Love

beatles_concert-862x453Thanks to my colleague Amy Levine for her valuable input and wisdom which helped in drafting this post.

It continues to be a strong labor market and the war for legal talent remains fierce in some circles.  Good candidates have options and great candidates are not staying on the job market for very long. 

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Flexibility and Urgency in Hiring

It’s no longer 2009.  With unemployment rates hovering close to 4%, employers need to change their approach to recruiting talent. In the legal search business, we are seeing candidates who are being much more discriminating about what jobs they are willing to consider.  In certain areas of practice, notably corporate, real estate and IP, the … Read more

Career Happiness Comes through Trial and Error

"The only thing to fear is fear itself"
“The only thing to fear is fear itself”

It is no secret that lawyers as a group are an unhappy lot.  I could give my own explanation for this but today, after we have just sworn in a President who is starting a new career, I thought I would share a few thoughts about career changes and career happiness (I’ll save my political comments for Facebook).

Once upon a time (i.e. back in the 1980’s when I was coming into the workforce), career professionals were quick to tell college students to follow their passions.  The idea was to identify a career that inspired you and that was consistent with your skills and vocational interests.  If you followed this path, career success was sure to follow.

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Just Say “Not Right Now”

justsaynoIt’s the New Year and if you are like many successful professionals, expect the headhunter calls to increase in the coming weeks.  Simply put, we in the recruiting business know that this is a good time of year to connect with talent.  Many people take stock in their careers around January 1.

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Speak the Truth and Nothing But the Truth-But it doesn’t have to be the “whole” truth

What does “integrity” mean in an interview situation?  Certainly, you have the obligation to tell the truth during a job interview.  But having an obligation to tell the truth does not imply an obligation to to share every sordid detail of your past with prospective employers. The current election has reaffirmed my belief that integrity … Read more

Getting Beyond Industry Barriers-Part II (law firm edition)

In my last post, I suggested that changing industries is easier said than done for many professionals.  I also suggested 2 ways to overcome industry bias:  1) find opportunities through networking and 2) when it is feasible, accept positions on a contract basis. For attorneys who work in a law firm environment, there are several … Read more