I coach ambitious partners, associates, and in-house counsel who enjoy being a lawyer but find themselves at the wrong firm, the wrong company, or doing the wrong work. Some are looking for a better platform to grow their practice. Some are looking for better opportunities for professional development. Some want better partnership prospects. Others are looking for a different firm culture or need support in leaving private practice or in transitioning into a different practice group.
As a lawyer and career coach who spent over 25 years in the legal search business, I understand that lateral moves are sometimes necessary to advance your career, build your practice, or simply achieve more career satisfaction.
I also know that legal recruiters may not be able to help you. While recruiters provide a valuable service to employers, you may not have the skills or experience for the roles they are trying to fill. Your practice may not be large enough for the firms that the recruiter represents.
Recruiters do provide career advice on a regular basis. But recruiters are paid by employers to find talent, not to work with that talent over a period of time.
I certainly gave out lots of career advice when I was recruiting. Coaching is different. A coach helps you figure out what are the roadblocks you face, helps you come up with a plan, and holds you accountable to your stated goals. (See What is Coaching?)
If you decide to pursue a lateral move or try to go in-house, I work with you to evaluate your options and help you market yourself to potential employers. I leverage my 30 years of contacts in the legal industry. I help you to prepare cover letters and resumes and guide you through the interviewing process so that you can have the best choices and make the best career decisions.
If a recruiter is part of your search, I am there as a sounding board to help you through the hiring process.
Sometimes, making adjustments at your existing job can be a better solution.
If there are adjustments you can make at your existing job, I work with you to identify those opportunities and execute a plan. Sometimes it is easier to reinvent yourself at a firm or a company where you are already known and respected.
I have worked with many clients who conclude that it makes more sense in the short run to make an internal shift.
If you choose this route, I help you navigate the internal politics at your firm or corporate law department.