Why Smaller Firms Go For Generalists and Larger Firms Want Specialists
[00:00:00] On our CVS, besides highlighting what we achieved on the law firms we worked at, would it be a smart move to briefly list areas of law and other topics we've worked on those firms as well? For instance, listing them back to back such as corporate law shareholders rights and meeting procedures, board liability, transport law...
If you're trying to get a job in a smaller firm, like in a smaller market, smaller markets and firms typically made more interested in generalists, meaning people that do a lot of different things.
Then when you get into larger markets and firms, lots of experience is more of a liability. An example would be, someone that's looking for an IP litigator does not need a trademark attorney with litigation experience.
Someone that's looking for a family law attorney does not need someone with corporate experience.
A lot of times people think that they've done a lot of things and that it's a benefit, but, just imagine if you're trying out for a professional baseball team and in addition to professional baseball, you also play basketball and soccer.
That's not going to help them. You rather want to try to focus your experience on [00:01:00] what they're doing, because the problem is that people aren't going to believe that if you say you've done transport law and corporate law they're not going to like that because that's too many different things and they're going to think this person just has the light experience and not a real expert.
Law firms typically want people that are very experienced in something. You need to be as focused as you possibly can.