A healthcare attorney in New Jersey reached out to me seeking a position in another law firm. The attorney had an excellent background. They worked in the healthcare industry during law school and received a Master’s degree in a health-related discipline. The attorney’s current position was in healthcare, yet they wanted to find another law firm that would allow them to grow. The attorney was not practicing with a large law firm, and did not have the best law school credentials. However, none of this really mattered for many attorneys in the healthcare practice area. Healthcare has been a very active practice area for the past several years and the number of attorneys with this training is low.
Attorneys who specialize in one practice area can often do exceptionally well when searching for a position. Here, this attorney was only searching in the New Jersey market, specifically in only one part of New Jersey. None of that, however, really mattered. Law firms look for specialist with skills that are not immediately available in the market. This attorney did not even apply for a specific opening and was only interested in moving. In order to place the attorney, after discussing her background at length, I contacted the firms with strong healthcare related practices in the areas of New Jersey that interested her. I explained to these firms my attorney’s strength and background. With that, several law firms indicated an interest in seeing the attorney.
The attorney ultimately accepted a position with the firm that offered her exactly what she was seeking. The attorney would not have found this job had she chosen to wait for openings to appear. By giving me the opportunity to contact employers with strong healthcare practices, the attorney was able to find firms that would not let someone with her background pass them by. A good legal recruiter uses the research, contacts and ability to find opportunities for their candidates. That’s what happened here.