A senior associate or ''counsel'' with significant portable business is a sought after commodity. Many attorneys who reach this point in their career decide to ''take a look around'' before making a long-term commitment to their current firm. Often, these attorneys simply want reassurance that they have positioned themselves on the best platform for an upward career trajectory and general workplace satisfaction. However, a number of senior attorneys with business conclude that they must leave their old firm to reach partnership. Once the decision to move on is reached, they often want the time interval between leaving their old firm and ''consideration'' at their new firm to be as short as possible. From a recruiter's perspective, this ''hurry up'' strategy may not be the best approach to the ultimate goal of partnership.
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