One of the most frustrating things for me in this current economy is the fact that so many attorneys do not see all of the opportunity that is out there. I want to be very, very clear with you: There are opportunities for all types of attorneys in the current market. Regardless of your practice group or experience level, there are numerous opportunities for you to find excellent positions in this market. Finding positions for people in all markets is exactly what talented recruiters do.
You need to understand that even if you are in a legal practice group that is slow and there do not appear to be a lot of jobs in your market there is a very good chance that this is localized. The problems with your practice group are either localized to the type of market you are in or they are localized to the the region of the United States (or world you are in). The worst thing you can do is feel as if there are no opportunities.
I have recruited attorneys in the worst of economies and can assure you there are always opportunities. If you are at a small firm that is going under (or has laid you off) there is a very good chance there are opportunities for an attorney like you in a larger firm in your geographic area. Conversely, if you are at a large law firm the chances are very good there are opportunities for you at a small law firm. If you are in a small city there are opportunities in larger cities and if you are in a large city there are opportunities in a smaller city.
Anthony Robbins, the famous motivational guru, did not begin to get famous and gain serious traction in his career until he started doing something that sounds crazy to many people: He started giving 10% of every dollar he earned to charity. While this is something that certainly brought him a lot of positive energy, it is also something that he credits with teaching him to think in terms of abundance and not scarcity.
A good recruiter (and we are good recruiters at BCG Attorney Search) thinks in terms of abundance. You should think in terms of abundance as well. There is more than enough to go around and this opportunity is everywhere... You need to take it and go after it!
I read this morning in the National Law Journal about the fact that there is still a ton of business in places like Dubai and China and lots of American attorneys continue to get offers there. Sometimes you need to go elsewhere to find opportunity. Most Americans families at some point came to this country because they believed they could find opportunity here.
Opportunity exists here and it exists for all attorneys. You need to go after this opportunity and see this opportunity where others see obstacles.
Harrison Barnes is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and a successful legal recruiter. He is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. His firm BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys. BCG Attorney Search works with attorneys to dramatically improve their careers by leaving no stone unturned in job searches and bringing out the very best in them. Harrison has placed the leaders of the nation’s top law firms, and countless associates who have gone on to lead the nation’s top law firms. There are very few firms Harrison has not made placements with. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placements attract millions of reads each year. He coaches and consults with law firms about how to dramatically improve their recruiting and retention efforts. His company LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.
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BCG Attorney Search matches attorneys and law firms with unparalleled expertise and drive, while achieving results. Known globally for its success in locating and placing attorneys in law firms of all sizes, BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys in law firms in thousands of different law firms around the country. Unlike other legal placement firms, BCG Attorney Search brings massive resources of over 150 employees to its placement efforts locating positions and opportunities its competitors simply cannot. Every legal recruiter at BCG Attorney Search is a former successful attorney who attended a top law school, worked in top law firms and brought massive drive and commitment to their work. BCG Attorney Search legal recruiters take your legal career seriously and understand attorneys. For more information, please visit www.BCGSearch.com.
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Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.
Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.
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