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Year End Career Strategies
By Katy Anderman

The end of the year is nearing and attorneys everywhere are busy attending holiday parties, taking vacations and trying to wrap up year-end projects.  If you can find the time, spend a few minutes thinking about your career goals for 2013.  Although lateral hiring slows down during November and December, it tends to pick up quite rapidly after the holiday season. If you prepare now, you will have a jump start on new opportunities in early 2013.

Make Your Year-End Review Count
Reflect on what you accomplished in 2012 and use this time to hone in your experiences and come up with a strategy that will move your career forward in 2013. Think about the type of work you want to do in the next year.  Do you want to become more of a specialist or a generalist?  Which partners do you want to work for?  Is your goal to make partner at this firm?  If so, what do you have to do to achieve that goal?  If you don’t want to be a partner at your current firm, start exploring other options.  This leads me to my next point…

Talk to a Recruiter
Touch base with a recruiter before you need or want a new job.  Be proactive and communicate your career goals to a recruiter who will keep you informed on the job market and will send you open positions to consider.  Your ideal job may not exist now, but you want to make sure you are the first person your recruiter calls when it does become available.

Update your Résumé
How long has it been since you updated your résumé?  Take an hour or so to look back on the year’s accomplishments. Make sure your résumé reflects your special skills or in-depth areas of law you dealt with in the past twelve months. Although you may not be actively looking for a new job, updating your résumé now will save you the hassle of having to update it a later date when your work product may not be as fresh in your mind.

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