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November 16, 2017

Reducing reality shock for your new employee

It all begins with the job posting.  The job posting is the first opportunity you have as an employer to attract a strong, qualified candidate. As a …

November 15, 2017

The compounding effect of successful recruitment

When it comes to legal recruiting services, I often discuss with our clients that an effective recruitment strategy, particularly when it comes to students and associates, can …

November 9, 2017

Rise of the C-Suite in law firms and increased profitability 

Over the years, we’ve seen the rise of the C-Suite in law firms. While many law firms still prefer their own lawyers to manage the business of …

November 7, 2017

Weighing opportunity v. risk

Why you should be prepared to take the risk for the right opportunity. As a legal recruiting services provider, we are blessed with clients who are extremely …

November 6, 2017

Implications of the recent salary jump for Toronto law firm associates

Toronto firms have spoken and the result is associates at many of the larger firms are likely getting a raise this year. Recently, you may have heard …

November 2, 2017

The multi-tiered law firm partnership system: pros and cons

The structure of partnerships and the style of associate progression are key indicators of the culture of a law firm. Deciding whether one approach is better than …

October 31, 2017

Getting the most out of your interview

While the idea of a job interview, for most, is nerve racking and intimidating, it can be a great learning opportunity for both the interviewer and the …

October 26, 2017

Tips for achieving work-life balance

In today’s age, we are a constantly “on”. Whether it’s text message, phone, email, facetime or skype, we can (and often do) find any pocket of the …

October 24, 2017

In-house lawyers must define and pursue own career vision

For in house lawyers, it is arguably more critical to have a clear vision of your career path and goals than in the private practice environment. In …

September 12, 2017

How to spot an emotionally intelligent leader in the workplace

If you have ever come across a manager with great technical skills, but who also treated their staff poorly, you probably have an understanding of what Emotional …

August 19, 2017

How emotional intelligence influences success at work

Emotional intelligence (EI) at the top can be contagious. Team leaders with high EI are most likely to achieve the most collaborative and productive results. By inspiring …

August 10, 2017

Legal recruitment agencies Canada market update – Summer 2017

Legal Recruitment Agencies Vancouver Update With the new NDP/Green Party coalition forming government in BC, we’ve noted some hesitation in the business and legal community, as we …

August 9, 2017

Upward mobility for in-house counsel

We, as in-house legal recruitment specialists, are often asked by in-house counsel whether positions have any potential of upward mobility or how to achieve upward mobility within …

August 3, 2017

The shifting track to law firm partnership

Is the law firm partnership track as appealing today as it was 10 or even 20 years ago? From our perch in the legal professionals’ recruitment space, …

August 1, 2017

What does emotional intelligence mean in the legal world?

Many managers still downplay emotional intelligence (EI) as a “touchy-feely”, soft skill and in the legal industry it is no different. Lawyers have been taught to orient …

July 28, 2017

Employers: How to choose a legal recruitment provider

The process of choosing a legal recruiting services provider has many similarities to retaining a lawyer. It can hinge on the circumstances, your particular issue, and budget, …

July 28, 2017

Finding the right fit – it’s not all about a big name

Transitioning from a university Recruitment Officer to a legal recruitment consultant, I have noticed one common trend – the appeal of a big name. While the idea …

July 26, 2017

Critical questions to ask before joining a partnership

It may be obvious to most lawyers when advising their clients who seek to enter a partnership that basic questions must be asked. What continues to amaze …

July 25, 2017

Tips for building your career portfolio

Tips, from a legal recruitment consultant, on how to utilize your existing career portfolio to build your career in the future. Patience and flexibility. These are two …

July 20, 2017

Know your worth: Getting the right job for the right value

As a specialist legal recruitment firm, we are often approached by candidates with questions concerning compensation and, particularly, around how to negotiate compensation or start the conversation …

July 19, 2017

The importance of candid conversations

One of the common laments I hear, as a legal recruitment consultant, from partners following the departure of a star associate is, “if they had only talked …

July 14, 2017

How to work with the millennial lawyer

Gen Y, or more commonly referred to as “millennials”, make up the largest generation of the workforce and are often misunderstood by employers. Most millennials are working …

July 14, 2017

Are you a giver or a taker?

By the numbers, apparently only about a quarter of us are truly, by default, givers. As a legal recruitment consultant, I was intrigued by this statement. Professor …

July 11, 2017

M&A activity remains strong in legal

M&A activity continues to remain strong for law firms, which means for those of us in legal professionals’ recruitment, keeping track of an ever-changing legal market landscape …

July 6, 2017

Developing your kitchen cabinet

A kitchen cabinet is an age old political term that refers to a group of unofficial advisers to the holder of an elected office who are considered …

July 5, 2017

Should I stay or should I go: Conscious career planning

You may have heard this from legal recruitment agencies before but it’s importance cannot be undermined: your legal career is one of the most important relationships in …

June 27, 2017

Diversity in the legal profession: Are we there yet?

As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday this year, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the advancement of diversity in the legal profession. I am also proud …

June 17, 2017

Do I have a future at my law firm if I don’t want to be partner?

This is a question we hear all too often as a legal recruitment services provider. The short answer: It depends on your specific circumstances, practice area and …

January 10, 2017

Conscious effort necessary to improve retention of women in law

The retention of women in the legal profession has long been a topic for discussion. It has been the subject of many articles, seminars, and conferences; however, …