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.
I am waiting for my flight out of lovely Denver back to my hometown of San Francisco. I have at least another hour until my flight boards and my thoughts turn toward introspection. This week I and my colleagues at our recruiting firm (BCG Attorney Search) met here in the Mile-High City to attend the … Read more
Every day of my working life I talk to attorneys who are looking for something to make them “happier.” Mostly they think that a new firm will get them “there.” And sometimes they are right. Even if they aren’t, usually when attorneys have picked up the phone to initiate a relationship with a recruiter, they … Read more
Corporations have a harder time competing for experienced legal talent than they do competing for more junior talent. Large law firms clearly have the edge on base compesation. But corporations can use other incentives to attract more senior attorneys. An executive recruiter spells out the list which includes equity awards, incentive bonuses and more opportunities … Read more
JD Bliss links to my colleague Dan Binstock’s article in the Legal Times.
BCG’s CEO has some ideas about relocation and how lawyers with different specialties might fare in trying to move geographically.
I could probably add a lot more to this list. In truth, many firms are not good at selling themselves to prospective candidates. While not every candidate is right for every firm, if you want good talent, take time to identify what really sets you apart from other firms. Generic statements like “we are a … Read more
If you are looking at in-house opportunities, it is probably not a good idea to bypass a search firm. The company has specificially brought in the search firm to do the screening. But don’t rely on recruiters to identify in-house opportunities. It can be a part of your strategy; but networking is probably more important.
In the world of contingent search, it is not uncommon for different search firms to have the same listing. The last thing you want to do is have two different recruiters submit your name to the same employer. To most of us, the reasons are obvious (companies are not going to appreciate getting the same … Read more
Starting salaries for attorneys have jumped 250% in the past 20 years and the latest round of salary wars shows that no major law firm wants to be left in the dust. But do higher starting salaries really have that much impact on entry level recruiting? I wonder. In the meantime, you can be sure … Read more