Providing Insight and Strategic Advice about Legal Recruiting
So many changes in the way firms do business during the last five years...some areas of practice that were dormant are now "hot", such as corporate law and real estate. Labor and employment remains a very desirable area of practice for attorneys, given the rise of wage hour and class action matters. The bottom line is, however, that law firms are businesses. Therefore, what do the current trend and recent statistics tell us? I believe they show caution, steadiness, and reflect much hope...
We expect developing trends in some of the following areas: classification(s) of Equity and Non-Equity partners, associates being encouraged (and required) to develop business at an earlier stage in their careers, and creative compensation structures at the partner level(s). Each of these areas reflects a practical approach and will determine the future development and stability of a firm long-term.
My esteemed colleague, Anabella Bonfa, is a knowledgeable and experienced attorney who writes and lectures on how to enhance your LinkedIn profile to maximize this marketing tool. I have personally observed how Anabella works tirelessly to help young lawyers achieve their "personal best". She has a passion for assisting others, and with jumpstarting how to project themselves in the business world. Can't help but to share this with you...
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LinkedIn is an excellent marketing tool for lawyers. Here’s how to make your LinkedIn profile—your first impression there—as effective as it can be.
Although it’s tempting, don’t use your profile to directly ask for work. Not only might this run afoul of professional responsibility rules, it makes you sound desperate. Newer attorneys should focus on the skills they have to offer based on past work experience. For example, focus on why you excel at dealing with clients, problem solving, working in a stressful environment, and managing deadlines.
Put your best self forward in your LinkedIn profile and reap the professional benefits!
Anabella Q. Bonfa. Ms. Bonfa is a litigator with Wellman & Warren LLP, handling business and partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and unfair competition. She lectures extensively on trade secrets, networking, and using social media to develop business.
Summertime is almost here and numerous law students will begin jobs, many in law firms. These are probably the lucky ones, because they will have an edge over colleagues who were unable to secure a position. Our previous blogs discussed various strategies for these unemployed students to use to find jobs in order to avoid the summertime blues. But how about a few pointers for those who will be working in a law firm? Of course, you are required to do excellent work. What else do we suggest? Make yourself memorable!
Millennials are often viewed as self-absorbed with unreasonable expectations and a sense of entitlement. Sorry folks, it doesn’t sound pretty, and that’s the short version! But we know they also have technological skills that previous generations don’t. Everyone is replaceable, but position yourself such that the firm would really miss your contributions if you weren’t around. You may wish to consider:
- Tech Advantage: Use your special technological abilities not only to produce high quality work in a timely manner, but also to consider developing or contributing to your firm’s social networking sites. Go beyond the standard Blog and suggest topics that are cutting edge or may be unique for a multi-generational audience - but always ensure that you have your employer’s approval prior to publication.
- Dress Like A Professional: while it may be acceptable to dress in jeans and Birkenstocks, it’s just not professional. That is not the image that your firm wants intra-firm or with clients. It’s sort of like when you had your interview and sat at lunch with several attorneys…do you think they took you out merely to feed you and ask questions? Of course not, they also observed your manner and presence, thinking about how you might appear when taking a client to lunch. While “dress like a professional” does not necessarily mean wearing a suit or tie, dress the part. Ask yourself this “if the partner spontaneously asked me to go to court with him, how would I want to look to represent the firm and myself to the judge?” When in doubt, consider the three “C’s”: current, classic, conservative. [No, these are not contradictory, you can do it!]
- Social Abilities; Demonstrate that you can hold your own in a conversation with colleagues and clients. Maintain self-control at firm functions where alcohol is served, just as you (hopefully) would at a business lunch. Future employers are often part of a generation that wants to believe that you know how to communicate beyond the keyboard.
- Show Respect for Generational Differences: You’ll be working with people from several different generations. It’s very important to recognize that you must show respect for them and their ways of doing things, even though your own opinions may differ.
- Learn About the Firm Culture; understanding the firm’s environment will be an advantage towards determining how to best become memorable.
Congratulations on obtaining a summer associate position….now go make yourself memorable!
THE BIGGEST MISTAKES STUDENTS MAKE; THE SHORT LIST
REMEMBER - You are smart and have the technological savvy – but THEY have the jobs. Educate yourself about these differences, and show respect for them.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SOME QUESTIONS FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION
1. What are small and medium sized law firms looking for in applicants? Applicants who have the experience in the job description, and with a personality that will mesh in a smaller firm environment.
2. What is the hiring process like for small and mid-size law firms when they hire associates or law students? Typically 1-3 interviews, where you’ll meet main partners and associates. If the firm extends an offer, you will typically have 48 hours to 1 week to accept.
3. How can a student stand out from the rest? Personal presence and message, consistency of brand, impressively-drafted resume, LinkedIn profile, quality of developed relationships (references).
4. If grades are not your strongest asset, what can you do to make yourself competitive? See above, plus a professional Blog can prove valuable in many ways.
5. While in law school, what are some things I can do now that will help me later in my career? Develop an online presence, and start laying groundwork with individuals and at events. See networking tips, above.
6. What areas of law are growing and employing more lawyers? Labor and employment, IP Patent litigation (particularly with an EE or CS degree), some corporate and real estate positions are opening up. What areas of the law are tightening and hiring less? Litigation, Bankruptcy.
6. How did networking influence the job you have (or any jobs that you've had)? I was introduced to attorney recruiting by my brother – who had used a recruiter years before. During law school, we were not educated about the services of recruiters, so I was unfamiliar with the benefits of working with one. We had a good synergy and I joined her business. In 2005, I incorporated Rifkin Consulting.
Another example is that a professional colleague introduced to a journalist at a renowned legal publication. We get together regularly, have developed a really positive personal and professional relationship, and I’ve had significant opportunities to get meaningful PR exposure as a result.
7. After meeting someone at a networking event, what is the best way to cultivate that relationship? Pay attention to that person’s business card, and comment on it when possible. Too often people just discard business cards, but in Asian culture this is considered disrespectful. Send a nice note afterwards to people with whom you wish to remain in contact – calendar follow ups. Show value.
8. What is the #1 thing you should and should not do at a networking event? Ask for a job.
9. Any general tips for anyone that has not been to a networking event?
I hope this information has been helpful. Please check back for additions and modifications, and visit our Professional Resources page at www.rifkinconsulting.com .
PART 2; HOW TO GET STARTED NETWORKING
MAKE CONNECTIONS, DEVELOP THE RELATIONSHIPS
I. SOCIAL NETWORKING AND RELATED VENUES
LinkedIn: enjoy a 360 degree resume – for free!
TWITTER & FACEBOOK
II. IN PERSON NETWORKING
FOLLOWING UP: While you learn what those tips are, you can mention some of the things you’ve done, your skills, and other things that would show you’re a smart person working hard to accomplish your goal.
VENUES FOR NETWORKING
Part One; Why You Must Network
Based on a presentation at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles on 2/12/14.
In 1988, I graduated from Villanova School of Law outside Philadelphia. Villanova is viewed very much back east like Loyola is here in Los Angeles – a highly-regarded regional law school. I worked for a large law firm, and subsequently for small firms. When I relocated to California, I knew no one but a couple of family members.
Since I started attorney recruiting 14 years ago, more than half of those years were during a recession.
What does this information have to do with you? Well, in real estate you always hear the phrase “location, location, location”. What I want you to remember is “connections, connections, connections”. This realization changed my professional life – and I’m confident that it can change yours.
Connections, as well as hard work and a lot of patience, have contributed tremendously to my success in business. On a similar note, developing relationships after I moved to California was critical, and it took years of effort to develop friendships and acquaintances like I had back East for so many years. I mention this because developing connections is, in many ways, like making friends. But like friends, connections and relationships should be chosen carefully. Therefore, it’s important that you network with intention.
Developing personal networking habits and skills will always be essential to your professional success, as there is no replacement for the human connection. What about the importance and efficiency of social media connections and exposure, you ask? Our world is inextricably linked with Social Media. Therefore, it’s hard to separate what you need to know to interview well and/or land a job, versus [personal] networking advice.
You want to know how to get a job, how to keep a job, and how to become secure to weather a recession in the future…b/c the only thing you can really be sure of is…there will be change. Recession will happen again, and technology is rapidly evolving.
Competition may seem greater than ever, with more candidates having access to information about available jobs. However… the GOOD news is that, thanks to technology, you have more information and other resources at your fingertips than previous generations – so what are you going to do now that you are armed with these tools?
NETWORK WITH INTENTION; 3 PARTS TO THIS PRESENTATION
WHY YOU MUST NETWORK; THE IMPORTANCE OF COMMUNICATING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
1. Networking is crucial for your career. Effective networking leads to relationships, and people tend to hire other people who they know and like.
2. You are unique – but look to your right and to your left – those people are also unique. You must distinguish yourself with a personal brand.
3. Brand vs. Reputation: Both your brand and reputation are important to your success
To be continued in Part 2: How To Get Started
You finally found a position that you thought would be your "dream job." The partners liked you and promised to put you right to work in litigation, an area in which you are desperate to gain experience. However, it has been six months and you have yet to touch your first case. Instead, they have you in the corporate department, spending your days up to your elbows in mind-numbing paperwork and boring meetings.
This scenario is not as uncommon as you might think. The only way to "compel" a law firm to allow you to do the work you want to do is to have in hand a written contract specifying that you will be allowed to perform certain tasks, and most law firms are simply not going to give you this when you are hired. Far more firms rely on a "gentlemen's" (or ladies') agreement and a handshake to specify your job duties.
Do you have any recourse when you find that your dream job is not what you thought it would be? There is, of course, the possibility of quitting, but most lawyers these days are just glad they have found work and are reluctant to give up their jobs. Should you suffer in silence? Actually, there are ways you may change practice areas, but they require you to understand a few basic rules about working in a law firm.
While it is important to get experience in the areas in which you want to specialize, it is also important to maintain your integrity while job seeking. If you do decide to leave, be sure to give plenty of notice and finish the cases to which you are assigned.
Rifkin Consulting can help you when the time comes to change jobs by finding the right law firm and position to match your skills and preferences.
Sometimes the dream job you thought you would love turns out to be a nightmare position from which you feel you may never escape. This is especially distressing when you have just started a new job and decide in a very short time that you despise the people or the position or both. How soon is too soon to start looking for another job? Will changing a job too quickly look bad on your resume?
The Dilemma of A Bad Job
Bad jobs create their own terrible dilemma. If you quit the job, you risk being earmarked as a quitter or a “job hopper”; however, if you do not quit, you risk not only being miserable but perhaps being fired by the boss who likes you no better than you like him or her.
Generally, your happiness and mental health are worth more than any job. However, you also have to be able to balance your own needs against the danger of moving from job to job whimsically.
A few things to consider when choosing whether or not to leave a job you just started:
How Unhappy Are You?
The biggest question to answer when you are considering leaving a job you just started is: how unhappy are you? You may honestly have given the job a fair chance, but it is also possible that you are allowing your dislike to color your viewpoint. One way to measure how reasonable your dislike of a job really is could be to talk with someone you trust and who is willing to give you an objective opinion of your situation.
If you find that you simply cannot stand to keep a job, of course you must move on. However, be sure that you are making the right decision and that you are willing to accept the consequences of making a sudden job change before you turn in your notice.
There are very good reasons to work with an attorney recruiter when searching for attorney jobs in CA or when law firms have positions to fill. Here are the top ten reasons an attorney recruiter in CA can help match the right candidate with the right job.
A legal recruiter can be a wonderful benefit in your legal job search. Rifkin Consulting has many years of experience helping legal candidates look for jobs and helping law firms connect with the right candidates for their various positions. With the help of Rifkin Consulting, quality attorneys can come together with the right law firms to benefit both.
Hiring an attorney recruiter is a process, in some ways, similar to a job interview. You must be sure that the attorney recruiter is a good match for your needs, and the recruiter must be sure that you are the type of candidate he or she wants to represent. The process of “interviewing” a legal recruiter should be taken every bit as seriously as your job interviews and may well have even more lasting ramifications.
An attorney recruiter in CA such as Rifkin Consulting serves a very important purpose. Finding the right attorney jobs in CA is not a simple task, and hiring an attorney recruiter is one of the best ways to weed through the hundreds of law jobs in CA and find the one that best suits your goals and talents.
Therefore, there are several things you should ask your attorney recruiter before agreeing to representation. Here are a few questions you should ask to learn the important information you need to make the right choice in legal recruiting firms from among those available.
How long have you been working as an attorney recruiter? Ask to see the credentials of the person you are hiring to represent you to law firms throughout the state. A professional attorney recruiting firm has usually been in business for years, offering you a chance to review their success stories and see their development as a key player in the legal field.
How do you go about choosing the right jobs for me? This is a crucial question and is really the key to the success or failure of an attorney recruiter in terms of finding the right positions for you. The attorney recruiter should use a verifiable method of weeding out job possibilities so that he or she focuses only on those that will fit your demands. You do not want a recruiter who simply passes your resume to any law firm that is hiring.
Do you offer support services? An attorney recruiter should offer other services such as resume editing, interview preparation and advice on choosing the right job. Simply brokering your resume to law firms is not enough.
Do you have references to whom I can speak? The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” can also be applied to references. No matter how good a firm tells you it is, hearing it from someone who has used the firm successfully means much more. You should also search the Internet for possible bad references; while one or two do not mean much, a number of bad reviews may signal trouble.
How do you calculate your fees? An attorney recruiting firm is paid by the employer when a candidate is hired and begins employment.
It is also important to consider the necessity of maintaining confidentiality and discretion in this process. You may have other questions to ask a potential attorney recruiter. Do not be afraid to ask for clarification or information; after all, this may be one of the most important relationships of your life.
With the economy in recession, it may be difficult to find career opportunities that match your criteria, experience, and academic achievement. The economic crisis has left few jobs on the market and even lawyers are having difficulty trying to find employment that matches their requirements. You may have considered working with an attorney recruiter, but are still uncertain whether or not you should. Here are several reasons why an attorney recruiter can assist you in building an enriching and successful career as an attorney:
Appearance and Presentation:
Often, applicants do not hear back from potential employers because their cover letters and resumes are unsuccessful and ineffective. Most attorneys are so busy applying to numerous jobs that they do not research each law firm’s background and goals. Ultimately, many attorneys make the awful mistake of sending out generic and plain cover letters and resumes. This usually leads to fruitless results.
Cover letters should be tailored to the law firm and used to create a connection with the firm's recruiting department. If you are not referencing your knowledge of the firm or engaging the reader within the first paragraph, your cover letter will likely be tossed.
Additionally, if your resume and cover letter contain typographical errors, you will most likely not hear back from them. Your first impression, even though on paper, needs to be completely flawless. Fortunately, an attorney recruiter can edit your resume and draft an impressive cover letter while also providing background on the law firm to ensure that your presentation catches the reader's attention.
Interview and Impression:
Numerous applicants find the interview process utterly challenging with multiple phone and in person interviews. The process can be stressful, nerve-wracking, and brutal. It is of the utmost importance that you appear to be the right candidate for the position, but most often interviewees become nervous and fail to create the right impression. An attorney recruiter can help you with the interview process by providing effective tips to guide you in selling your skills and experience.
Ever heard the expression: “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know”? Well the statement rings completely true in searching for the right career opportunities. It is absolutely crucial to establish long-lasting connections and relationships in order to generate the best career opportunities. This may be a daunting task for a new or young attorney. At Rifkin Consulting, we offer the benefit of more than 25 years of experience with the legal industry and have many well established relations with successful law firms and exceptional attorneys.
Contact Rifkin Consulting
Whether you are a young associate or longtime partner, we can help provide you with employment opportunities for a permanent and successful career. Our attorney recruiters have your best interest in mind and will search for top tier law firms that exceed your requirements. Contact one of our consultants today so we can assist in achieving your long-term goals as an attorney.
As an attorney search consultant, I believe that partner placements and legal recruiting have become increasingly difficult - and different - during the last five years. The primary reason for this is that as the economy took a drastic turn, many partners' portable books of business did also. As a result, they were faced with two very difficult and contradictory situations: (1) without significant business they may have gotten the "wink and the nod" that they should seek work elsewhere, and/or (2) making a lateral move was difficult because their portable business had diminished. Firms are more reluctant over the last few years to take a "gamble" on partners who previously did well.
Additionally, they significantly raised the required book of "verifiable" business before considering adding them to the firm. Whereas 1 million in portable business used to be a sought-after number, for many large firms that has been raised to 2 million in portable business. Smaller firms generally tend to want to see candidates in at least the $400K-$500K range.
An additional change that I've seen, and continue to observe, is with attorneys who were previously "service partners". These attorneys often did not do business development, nor were they encouraged to do so, because there was enough work from other partners. Sometimes it was even discouraged.
Unfortunately, when the economy experienced a downturn and the work was no longer plentiful, these senior attorneys who were not self-supporting were often told to find other work. Again, the lack of portable business was a harsh reality that has continued to plague many. I have spoken with many attorneys in this situation - some have gone from making huge salaries to just getting by. They have become a sad casualty of the economy – and the evolution of the law firm model - as a result of the recession. My sense is that even when the economy rebounds, service partners will be less desirable than previously. I always advise candidates to do whatever they can to be self-supporting - it's ultimately a matter of survival.
I have sent my resume to several attorney recruiters and none of them responded. Couldn’t they have at least said “sorry, not a fit”, “we’ll keep it on file”, or “get lost!”? Why does it seem like a black hole when I send my resume to inquire about a job?
At Rifkin Consulting, we truly understand your frustration about the general lack of response from many recruiters. In our office, while we make a concerted effort to respond to every resume that we receive, it’s just not feasible to expect a personal phone call or response in all cases. Let me explain why, from my perspective…..
Most resumes that recruiters receive are unsolicited. While this is not unusual, it’s possible for a successful recruiter to receive dozens of resumes each day. Sometimes, the resumes we receive aren’t even from lawyers (which make us wonder if they even understand where they are sending it!). Many others are clearly not on point for the job about which they are inquiring. In any business, time must be used most efficiently in order to be successful – and recruiting is no exception. Trying to balance this hard cold fact with compassion is not always easy, and a recruiter’s time must necessarily be spent primarily with candidates who they can place.
Responding to every resume that comes in would take a huge amount of time – and would take away from our efforts and obligations to our active candidates. Think about your own work day; would you be able to add an extra hour daily to an effort that doesn’t produce business? No matter how much you wish you could…it’s just not feasible. Recruiters don’t mean to be rude or lacking in compassion – they just have to prioritize their work as anyone else does.
We review every resume that reaches our desk and screen it carefully for a possible job match now – or in the future. We try to respond to each – even if to just acknowledge its receipt. Try not to take it personally if you don’t receive an email or a phone call – we aim for excellence in our profession and are known for good communication with candidates and law firm clients – but there are just so many hours in a day!
"I am a new law school graduate, and I contacted a legal recruiter to help me get a job. Why won't they work with me?"
Don’t take it personally! Many recruiters want to be able to help new law school graduates; however, clients will only work with recruiters to hire attorneys with at least one year of post law school experience in a law firm setting. Why?
There are several reasons that firm clients take this position.
Additionally, few law firms will use the services of recruiters to hire young attorneys with only clerking experience. Often law firms and law clerks utilize internal connections to facilitate such hires.
It’s important to understand the aforementioned reasons why an attorney recruiter can’t assist you with your job search if you are a new graduate or Bar-admittee. You’ll need to be very proactive on your own if you weren’t successful during OCI, or if your school does not participate in OCI recruiting. Learning about the various venues for networking and research, such as your local Public Law Center, can provide valuable experience as well as leads. Good luck!
This was my week to drop by and say hello to attorneys and recruiting personnel in law firms with whom I work all year long - but rarely see. I like to bring a little something to leave with them to show my appreciation for their business and support throughout the year. More often than not, it's gourmet chocolate, wine or champagne, in a glittery box and wrapped with a shiny bow. The gesture always results in a smile, and sometimes I am told that the recipient looks forward to my annual visit...and that makes me smile!
Some recruiters I know have told me that they don't give gifts anymore; they don't feel that gifts are appreciated or are a worthwhile expenditure. After all, mailing is expensive these days and time is money, right?!? I feel differently - the gesture extends way beyond marketing or expenses - it's about appreciation. I look forward to this trek all year long - I value these relationships. "Thank you" can be magical words.
Therefore, it was particularly timely this morning when I read a very straightforward article on the “art” of corporate gift-giving. Written by a compliance officer, this author presents views from countering sides about what is an appropriate gift to give – if you give a gift at all.
Is corporate gift-giving crafty – or strategic? Is the gift being given out of generosity or with appreciation? Although gifts are given throughout the year for various reasons, through the years it is still commonly regarded that giving a gift to a valuable client is an accepted method of showing appreciation for one’s loyalty and business. As competitive as the market is, you might wonder whether the largest and most dramatic gifts are those that turn heads…and get the business. I believe that there will always be a market for elaborate demonstrations such as cars, box seats to a popular venue, expensive wine and champagne – you name it. However, for most people I believe it’s about tastefulness, appropriateness and primarily about genuineness. I am convinced that there’s just no substitute for using good judgment and showing appreciation for our professional relationships!
You may find this helpful - Alexandra provides some “near-universal guidelines based on research that [her] organization TRACE has undertaken for over a decade:
Enjoy developing relationships and gift-giving…there is always an appropriate time and way to say (and show) “thanks’!
Read the entire article By Alexandra Wrage http://www.law.com/corporatecounsel/PubArticleCC.jsp?id=1202581247691
Part 2: How Overqualified Attorney Candidates Can Market Themselves as a Right Fit
The key is to be able to justify the employer’s consideration. An attorney candidate should be able to give the law firm a reasonable explanation for considering the adjustment. If a candidate is confident that he/she can do so, then “presentation” is the next hurdle to overcome.
In order for a job seeker to assure potential employers that they can adjust to the role and be a good fit, they should:
Overqualified attorney candidates are up against a hurdle in the job market. But with a little moxy, some preparation and determination, this is a hurdle that is possible to overcome.
Part I: Understanding the Challenge
Why do hiring managers care one way or another if a job candidate is overqualified or over-educated? I think it’s important to understand some of the reasons that employers are reluctant to hire overqualified people. Uniquely, as an attorney recruiter, I work with both employers and attorney candidates to make the best professional match. We assist attorneys seeking more fulfilling employment that meets their long term goals. Employers use our services to identify, qualify, attract and engage stellar attorney talent to meet critical needs in their organizations.
Law firms are often reluctant to hire over-qualified people for several reasons. One of these is that lateral hiring is typically based on year of law school graduation and affects track for promotion to partnership. Additionally, “lateral level” usually reflects compensation and experience. It’s easy to see how adjustment of lateral level may cause colleagues to become resentful and result in conflict in the workplace. Alternatively, candidates themselves often end up resentful, as resentment can also result from (1) working on tasks that are too simplistic or unchallenging, or (2) feeling underpaid over time.
We also see that overqualified people are often from a different generation and, therefore, may have different work ethic issues and expectations than the Millenials. Some of our firm clients will consider a lateral adjustment of 1-2 years (based on year of graduation from law school, which is the gauge for our industry). However, if they go much beyond that, the aforementioned issues are likely to arise and the result is discord in the workplace environment. Overqualified candidates should seriously consider these possible career pitfalls before applying.
Part 2: Overcoming the Hurdle of Being Over-Qualified (stay tuned...)
If you aspire to be a successful attorney, then you might heard of a law firm known as Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom, LLP. A titan among mortals, Skadden was named as Wall Street’s most powerful law firm by Forbes Magazine. The firm was the first to report $1 billion in annual revenue and receives consistently stellar reviews from industry publications.
The question needs to be asked: What is their secret? How did they earn this reputation?
It’s not difficult to see that Skadden owes its success to its team of attorneys and associates. The firm reaches out to potential lawyers who have been ranked in publications like Chambers, the American Lawyer, the National Law Journal, and the Financial Times. Skadden even offers a top-tier associate program that provides excellent training, mentoring, and guidance for its future attorneys.
We can understand, then, why graduates are tripping over their feet for a chance to nab a seat in the summer associate classes. The hiring process at Skadden is vigorous and tough (and understandably so, considering their reputation). What exactly is the best way to earn a coveted spot within Skadden’s prestigious firm?
Associates can increase their chances of recruitment by seeking help from law firm and attorney recruiters who know the ins and outs of the firm. Legal recruiting firms, like Rifkin Consulting, have mastered the art of attorney search and placement.
These firms use their expertise to match associates with the right firms. Rifkin Consulting has a rich history of success in the industry, and has been known to create trusted candidate relationships. By utilizing a legal recruiter, associates not only increase their chances of job placement, but they will also build professional relationships that will continue to benefit them in the years to come.
One of the largest global law firms in the world, Latham & Watkins, LLP, employs approximately 2,000 attorneys in the United States as well as in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The company was founded in 1934, and though it initially focused its practice in the U.S., the attorneys began to take on cases outside of the nation.
Latham & Watkins started in Los Angeles, California, but its biggest office is now located in New York City. It is not difficult to recognize that Latham & Watkins hires only the top accolades to join their team of successful attorneys. Considering the fact that it is historically one of the most profitable firms in the globe, Latham & Watkins selects its future attorneys sparingly.
Landing a job at Latham can be quite the mission, but it is not impossible. Why else would the company boast of more than 2,000 associates? Nevertheless, it can be a long and vigorous journey to earn a coveted position at any prestigious law firm.
This is why it is so important that you develop a relationship with a legal recruiter. Legal recruiters have already developed relationships with attorneys at these firms. They know the ins and outs of the industry. By taking a single glance at your resume and experience, a legal recruiter, like Diane Rifkin and the recruiters at Rifkin Consulting, will know which firm to match you with and where you will fit best.
Contacting a legal recruiter could be one of the best things you do for your career. The benefits are invaluable. Not only will you increase your chances of landing a job, but you will also develop lasting relationships that will benefit you in the future.
Baker & McKenzie is one of the most influential law firms in the globe. In fact, the legal group practically defined the term “global law firm” when it was founded in 1949. The company practices international, with over 80 percent of the 4,000 associates practicing outside the United States.
With a diverse background and a rich history of successful associates, it’s no wonder that Baker & McKenzie is one of the most powerful law firms in the industry. It’s no wonder that associates look up to these giants as role models.
Earning a coveted position at Baker & McKenzie or any prestigious firm is no easy matter. One of the best ways to tunnel through the vigorous screening is to reach out to a legal consulting service, like Rifkin Consulting. Legal recruiters are familiar and experienced with the law firm hiring process. Associates who are represented by a legal recruiter increase their chances of job placements at prestigious law firms.
Representation by a legal recruiter can be beneficial to associates for many reasons. Your legal recruiter has already developed valuable relationships with law firm partners and attorneys. You can use these relationships to your advantage, and even make long-term and lasting partnerships of your own.