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The Standard in Attorney Search and Placement
Find out why it is so hard to get a job in a law firm as an older attorney and how older attorneys can increase their chances. READ MORE >
Question: Can too much experience be a bad thing? I recently interviewed with a large firm for an associate position. I met with 2 partners and an associate. The firm was interviewing quite a few candidates and told me I could expect to hear back from them in 4 weeks, at which time they would either make a written offer or send a rejection letter. I sent thank you letters to everyone with whom I interviewed and waited eagerly for their decision. I really believed that this firm was a great fit for me.
After the 4-week deadline passed, I called to follow up. The recruiting coordinator told me they would not be offering me a position because I had more experience than they were looking for and they had decided to go with someone with less experience. She asked me if the partners had indicated to me that they were looking for less experience. I said not really. (One partner had indicated that compensation was based on class year and asked where I saw myself. I indicated that I was flexible, that I believed in proving myself. He seemed satisfied with my response).
I was disappointed, but I asked her to keep me in mind for any future openings that might arise. I also indicated that I am flexible as far as class year and would always be willing to consider an offer whatever it may be. She indicated that she would pass this info on to the partners in charge. Is there anything else I can do? How could I have better handled this situation? Please help. READ MORE >
Question: What advice can you give to a senior associate or junior partner looking to make a move? I have been with my present firm for over seven years, but the practice is very narrow and the firm seems not to be doing as well as it once was.
I certainly do not want to be around if the business does disappear because then all of my colleagues will be on the market as well. How can I locate an appropriate search firm, and what would you advise me to tell potential employers about my reasons for leaving? What opportunities should I expect to find without a substantial book of business? READ MORE >
Are you considering a move as a senior associate? How can you make yourself more marketable to law firms? Follow these guidelines to rise above the competition. READ MORE >
If you are an attorney with portable business, your business plan is even more important than your resume. When you were an associate, the first thing a potential employer looked at was your resume when deciding whether to give you an interview. Now, the first thing, and sometimes the only thing, they will look at is your business plan. It is absolutely imperative that you create a business plan that represents you accurately and advantageously. READ MORE >
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. READ MORE >
I can't tell you how many times highly qualified and well-credentialed senior-level associates have contacted us because, in their words, ''all the work I used to do for many years is now being given to younger associates, and there's not much left for me. I have always been praised for my work, but has the quality suddenly gone downhill?'' READ MORE >