Harrison Barnes Managing Director
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Juris Doctor, University of Virginia Law School
Bachelor of Arts, University of Chicago
Harrison Barnes has elevated the practice of legal recruiting to its very highest level through some very simple beliefs. While the statement that a search firm is "different" may sound like a cliche, Harrison does indeed lead a search firm that is different from any major American legal recruiting firm. Not only does BCG Attorney Search get more attorneys jobs inside law firms than any other search firm in the world, but through the separate but affiliated companies Harrison has founded, over 10,000 attorneys find new positions each year. This has been accomplished by adhering to four core beliefs that permeate everything BCG Attorney Search does.
First, Harrison and the recruiters at BCG are of the belief that the sole purpose of their careers is to get attorneys jobs and change lives. The course of leadership that Harrison has established for BCG Attorney Search is based on the belief that his life and the careers of BCG Attorney Search recruiters should be shaped by the pursuit of the end result that an attorney finds the position he or she is seeking in the market. Our culture is based on finding the "very best fit" for our candidates, helped along by frequent conferences, sitting our recruiters all in the same office, weekly phone conferences between Harrison and the firm's recruiters and setting high goals. A culture of getting attorneys jobs and an intense commitment from our recruiters are part of what defines our firm. Most of our recruiters that were formerly practicing attorneys work harder at BCG Attorney Search than they did when practicing law.
Second, Harrison believes that recruiters who serve attorneys in their job search should carry out their jobs with the same level of intensity as the attorneys they serve. Indeed, Harrison believes the practice of legal recruiting is of a higher level than the practice of law due to the fact that recruiters are representing attorneys. With very rare exceptions, every recruiter that Harrison has ever hired has been homegrown with "zero" recruiting experience before joining BCG Attorney Search. Harrison has maintained this hiring philosophy because he believes that most other recruiting firms are based on profit motives, employ "scheming" recruiters who do not have their candidates' best interest in mind, and do not perform at nearly the same level or have the same passion for their candidates. To this day, Harrison himself is directly involved in the training of new BCG recruiters. This thorough training period lasts for months and consists of not only the business side of recruiting, but also the work ethic, dedication, and commitment that Harrison demands. The foremost core value that Harrison maintains is that BCG ''must get jobs for attorneys,'' and he gets this point across to every single one of our recruiters during his or her training.
Third, Harrison believes that recruiters should be focused in order to do their jobs well. For that reason, BCG Attorney Search only does law firm placements and is focused on the constant pursuit of excellence in this field. Recruiters are taught how to study law firms, how to interpret data in the market and how to anticipate various law firm openings with an uncanny degree of precision. Harrison's focus on only doing law firm placements sets BCG Attorney Search apart. The platform Harrison has set for BCG Attorney Search is enormously successful and allows the company to make more law firm placements than any other recruiting firm in the United States. In fact, for the past several years, BCG Attorney Search has averaged more than one placement per day throughout the nation.
Fourth, Harrison has set extremely high ethical standards for his recruiters. Far from a profit-driven motive, Harrison runs BCG Attorney Search to be at the forefront of ethics. Numerous times, Harrison has rebuffed the merger efforts of other search firms whose ethics and lack of focus were not consistent with his vision for the premier legal recruiting firm in the United States. In addition, Harrison has set extremely high standards for the recruiters at BCG Attorney Search, where ethics are debated on a daily basis and even a perceived ethical violation is not tolerated at any cost. This focus on ethics is set so high because Harrison believes that lawyers who represent lawyers should hold even a higher standard for themselves than typical attorneys.
At the University of Chicago, Harrison was one of the top students in his graduating class and even co-taught a college-level class during his undergraduate tenure. At Virginia, Harrison was an editor of the Virginia Law Review and the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Politics. Following law school, Harrison clerked for United States District Judge Robert H. Cleland and was an associate in the New York City-based law firm of Dewey Ballantine and the Los Angeles-based law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver and Hedges. Harrison has also taught professional responsibility at Whittier Law School. Harrison practiced both litigation and transactional law when he was in private practice. Currently, he serves as Area Chair for the University of Chicago Admissions Office for the Los Angeles region. In addition to his work for BCG Attorney Search, Harrison is also the founder of two other prominent legal related employment companies. Harrison is a frequent lecturer on attorney job search strategies, often called upon to be an expert witness in high-profile cases, and has authored numerous articles, as well as the first edition of the BCG Attorney Search Guide to Class Rankings at America's Top 50 Law Schools. In addition, Harrison writes daily posts on a career advice blog with thousands of followers. Click here to see what they have to say about his articles. Through his work with BCG Attorney Search and other companies Harrison has started, Harrison is responsible for getting more attorneys jobs than any other single individual in the United States. Extremely passionate about getting attorneys jobs, Harrison has instilled in BCG Attorney Search and its recruiters that they are capable of getting a job for any attorney in the United States.
- Attorney Job Search Secrets Revealed
Attorney Job Search Secrets Revealed is a compilation of articles by A. Harrison Barnes, the founder of BCG Attorney Search. Known as the leading U.S. legal recruiting firm, BCG Attorney Search addresses the importance of a well-planned career path and provides instruction and direction on efficient career planning methods that will result in a rewarding legal career.
Exploring the inner workings of the legal profession, addressing topics of importance to law school students, novice and seasoned attorneys, the compilation of articles in this e-book do more than merely assist attorneys in finding jobs. These articles help guide attorneys in the process of developing satisfying and fulfilling careers. Attorneys at all levels, and in all legal fields, will benefit from the information on recruiting services, resume development, networking, handling job changes and lateral moves.
- Attorney Resume Secrets Revealed
Attorney Resume Secrets Revealed is a publication of the well-known resume writing company, Attorney Resume. This e-book delves into the intricacies involved in writing effective resumes for attorneys and legal professionals. Due to the critical role that resumes and cover letters play in the job-hunting process, this e-book is essential reading material. Helping guide job seekers through each step of the resume writing process, this e-book provides valuable insight from beginning to end.
This e-book does more than provide basic resume and cover letter layout and formatting. The information educates job seekers on the methods of marketing themselves employers, presenting them with the opportunity and ability to create a dynamic resume and land their ultimate dream job.
- BCG Attorney Search Reference Guide to Legal Practice Areas
The BCG Attorney Search Reference Guide to Legal Practice Areas is an e-book produced by BCG Attorney Search, one of the most selective legal recruiting firms in the nation. This e-book identifies and describes the intricacies of the current top 10 legal practice areas and is an extremely valuable tool for legal recruiters, recruiting coordinators, attorneys and law students.
This e-book provides indispensable information about the details of working in a top 10 legal practice area, offering an inside peek into bankruptcy, banking and finance, corporate practice, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, intellectual property litigation, labor and employment, reinsurance and tax law.
- Finding a Dream Job in a Nightmare Economy (Up The Ladder in a Down Economy)
Finding a Dream Job in a Nightmare Economy is the first e-book in a series of career education e-books titled Up the Ladder in a Down Economy. This motivational and practical guide for jobseekers trudging through this less than ideal job market, helps jobseekers identify what steps they need to take to find a job during tough economic times. This e-book takes readers through a reflective process to help determine what their dream job is and how they can realize that dream. It very aptly highlights the importance of having a positive state of mind, which leads to finding both career happiness and success.
- Keeping Your Job When Everybody Else is Losing Theirs (Up The Ladder in a Down Economy)
The current economic climate provides little job security for the average person; however, there are certain steps that people can take to make the best of a bad situation. Keeping Your Job When Everybody Else is Losing Theirs is an e-book geared towards explaining how to keep hold of a job amidst massive layoffs and cuts. It highlights how to effectively distance oneself from coworkers and how to guarantee job security by constantly showing your employer your value as an employee.
- Law Crossing's Career Advice Revealed Part I
LawCrossing’s Career Advice Revealed Part I is an e-book by LawCrossing, America’s leading legal job board. Providing expert tips and guidance to young and seasoned attorneys throughout all aspects of their careers, this guide not only provides information on how to keep a legal career on track but offers direction on how to choose the preeminent career path.
Whether someone is looking for his/her first legal job after law school, reevaluating his/her career path, or taking his/her career to the next level, this e-book has the information jobseekers need to master current industry trends and land the ultimate dream job.
- LawCrossing's Career Advice Revealed Part II
LawCrossing’s Career Advice Revealed Part II is the sequel to the largely successful LawCrossing’s Career Advice Revealed Part I. After the success of the first e-book, LawCrossing collectively decided to continue providing tips and advice to attorneys all over the world. This career advice is simply, yet logical written and compiled in an approachable format.
Laden with articles highlighting the best action plans throughout all stages of legal careers, this advice guide remains relevant throughout the cyclical ebbs and flows of the legal industry. This e-book has jobseekers covered from the commencement of their legal career, to the later, more mature years of their career where viability within the fast-paced technology-driven legal marketplace may become a concern.
- LawCrossing's Guide to Alternative Careers
LawCrossing’s Guide to Alternative Careers is a necessary read for any recent law school graduate and any attorney contemplating a career change. Attending law school and receiving a J.D. is a major feat that often times goes hand-in-hand with student loans. Therefore, for many recent graduates and attorneys interested in a career change, the ability to earn a substantial salary is important. With that in mind, this guide catalogs a wide range of career paths, including those open to jobseekers with legal training and education, providing a detailed description of career options, ranging from nonprofit services to private ventures.
- Resume Truths: 12 Important Articles to Perfect Your Resume
Despite a jobseeker’s qualifications, there is no denying the fact that the current job marketplace is a less than hospitable environment. The professionals at MarketingCrossing have compiled a series of articles into an e-book, 12 Important Articles to Perfect Your Resume – Resume Truths, that will help jobseekers navigate the waters of this difficult job market.
First impressions are crucial to a jobseeker’s success, and generally, the first impression an employer has of a jobseeker is from his/her resume. A powerful performance-based resume and cover letter will get a foot in the door and land an all-important interview. To obtain an interview, however, a jobseeker needs to produce the best resume and cover letter in order to set him/her apart from the crowd. A vital marketing tool, a resume and cover letter can effectively yield positive marketing results.
- The Perfect Legal Job Search Book
The Perfect Legal Job Search is an e-book geared towards streamlining and enlivening the legal job search process. With over a decade of experience helping legal professionals find their dream jobs, Legal Authority has compiled countless useful job search tips in this easy-to-read guide. Highlighting common mistakes and pitfalls encountered by attorneys when conducting legal job searches, this guide focuses on helping jobseekers stand out and be noticed by the right people
- The Advertising Career Guide
The Advertising Career Guide is a compilation of 20 articles written by the zenith tier of advertising experts. The articles are relevant, effective tools for developing a top-notch legal advertising crusade.
To effectively highlight the best way to develop and implement an advertising campaign, The Advertising Career Guide discusses topics ranging from mistakes made in advertising, netting a return on advertising investments, strategies to help design an effective online campaign, how to launch new products, promotional items and creating clever campaigns with zing.
- The Architecture Career Guide
The Architecture Career Guide, by ArchitectureCrossing, provides readers with an assortment of articles written by professional architects. Exploring beyond traditional study topics, this guide focuses on areas of importance to both practicing architects and those seeking to break into the industry. Examining the fields influenced by architects, it explores the subjects of landscaping, historical building preservation, beautification and environmental undertakings.
The field of architecture projects a 16-percent increase from 2008 to 2018, making it an ideal career path for talented young professionals. The Architecture Career Guide provides information on professional degrees, courses, training standards and required examinations for practicing architects.
- The BCG Attorney Search Guide to America's Top 50 Law Schools
The BCG Attorney Search Guide to America’s Top 50 Law Schools is an annual publication produced by BCG Attorney Search, widely regarded as the most discerning attorney recruitment firm in the nation. Largely based on the rankings provided by U.S. News & World Report, the guide gives insight into the individual components used to determine these elite rankings.
Offering thorough and accurate information on each school, compiled from a number of different sources, including law students, faculty, admissions offices, the NALP directory and the ABA-LSAC Official Guide to Approved Law Schools, this is the only reference guide that offers the most current information.
- The Psychology of Success (Up The Ladder in A Down Economy)
The Psychology of Success, the third book in the Up the Ladder in a Down Economy series, is by Harrison Barnes, the founder and CEO of the Employment Research Institute. Functioning as a career guide and providing valuable information on achieving and maintaining career success in an ailing economy, this book is geared toward the legal field, but provides relevant and invaluable advice for all career paths.
Exploring the common behavior that people unknowingly exercise to sabotage their own success, this e-book addresses methods for recognizing and overcoming these poisonous behaviors and patterns. Focusing on the dangers of allowing negativity to dictate career choices, this guide teaches the benefits of positive thought. In order for one’s career to progress, it is crucial to have inner faith and confidence. Many people are casualties of self-doubt and fall into a pattern of caring what other people think, rather than trusting themselves. This e-book provides guidance on maintaining a positive outlook and seeks to help people develop a personal satisfaction that extends into their professional lives.
- Truth or Consequences (Up The Ladder in A Down Economy)
Truth or Consequences, the fourth book in the Up the Ladder in a Down Economy series by Harrison Barnes, the founder and CEO of Employment Research Institute, is a career advancement guide that discusses a broad range of issues in today’s anemic economy. This guide offers valuable advice for individuals in all career stages, from job candidates to seasoned professionals.
Communication is crucial in any career, but many fail to communicate effectively in their work environments. This instructional guide provides how-to advice for communicating with an employer, examining how the successful development of communication skills leads to a rewarding relationship of trust between employer and employee. Going beyond verbal communication, this guide also explores the actions and behaviors that can either ascertain or annihilate employee credibility.
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- Dear Harrison,
Thank you for your email below, which is extremely helpful.
I didn't expect that you can be so kind as to show me the right path for the start of my career. This attests to the high ethinical standard and professionalism of you and your firm. I will try to spread the good words about your firm among my peers in my future career and hopefully we can cooperate somewhere down the road.
Thank you again.