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February 6, 2020

Getting ready for the dreaded counteroffer

You just received an offer for a new job – congratulations! Most of the hard work is behind you, but there is still one last thing that …

February 3, 2020

Why use empathy in legal recruiting?

Have you ever wondered why are some law firms and companies are better at attracting, developing and retaining the best legal talent?   Over the course of …

January 20, 2020

New Year, New Job: Resumes

You’ve recognized that it’s time to change jobs. You’ve clearly identified what it is that you’re looking for and have spoken to a legal recruiter who has …

January 20, 2020

New Year, New Job?

January is a great time of year for lawyers to evaluate their career goals and check their progress to date. Firms are doing the same and are …

January 14, 2020

Knowing When to Move Law Firms

It’s Sunday afternoon. You’ve had a great weekend – maybe it was with good friends or family. Perhaps you got away for a short trip. Or maybe …

January 6, 2020

Valuable Transferable Skills for In-House Lawyers

When making a career change, there are many things to consider. Lawyers have many different avenues they can explore throughout their legal career, such as transitioning in-house, …

October 1, 2019

Optimizing Your Online Presence

Even when we’re content in our jobs, many professionals are thinking about what comes next and how we want our careers to unfold. I was recently headhunting …

September 25, 2019

Why send a thank-you note after an interview?

Once an interview is over, most candidates either forget, don’t bother, or are intimidated to send a thank-you note to the interviewer(s). We do not realize how …

September 23, 2019

Thinking of an international legal career?

Part 2: Timing and Visas   In my last article, we discussed the professional benefits of an international legal career. There are many personal benefits as well, …

September 16, 2019

SWOT Analysis for Lawyers

Lateral movement is a way of life for both lawyers and law firms. Lawyers can find themselves moving laterally at any point of their career and law …

August 14, 2019

Tips for dealing with difficult interviewers

You’ve fully prepared for an interview and have brought your A-game to the meeting, only to run into the last thing you anticipated: a difficult interviewer. Your …

July 19, 2019

So, you had a bad interview – now what?

  Sometimes, no matter what you do, something goes wrong on the day of an interview. Maybe you woke up with a splitting headache or you can’t …

July 19, 2019

The Power of Relationship Networking

Network has the word ‘work’ in it, so naturally you would associate networking with the actuals of work. There are times when you’ll find this withholds you …

July 17, 2019

The Merits of Specialization

I was recently at lunch with one of the leading specialist litigation partners in Canada.  While this partner continued to maintain a general litigation practice, she was …

July 9, 2019

What does it take to create a commanding executive presence?

We have observed respected managing partners and general counsels who not only have strong legal minds, but can also effectively command a courtroom or boardroom. For a …

June 21, 2019

Thinking of an international legal career?

Part 1: Why practise abroad?   When it comes to career progression, international experience can be a great selling point on a resume and put you a …

June 19, 2019

How did it go?

After an interview, the first question I usually ask candidates is: ‘How did it go?’ Ultimately, I want to hear that it went well, that you enjoyed …

May 13, 2019

At least $100K

What do you generally ask your employer in relation to pay? When I’m meeting with candidates, a question that I always ask is, “Do you have an …

April 12, 2019

Using LinkedIn to Optimize Your Legal Job Search (Part 2)

  Below are some further thoughts about legal job searching on LinkedIn. Read Part 1- Using LinkedIn to Optimize Your Legal Job Search (Part 1) Q: I’m actively …

April 9, 2019

Using LinkedIn to Optimize Your Legal Job Search (Part 1)

I recently sat on a recruiter’s panel talking with candidates here in Calgary. Some candidates were new to the job market and others had been searching for …

March 20, 2019

What Your Legal Recruiter Needs to Know About You

Reasons for seeking a new opportunity   There’s a vast number of reasons for seeking a new role: firm culture, lack of advancement opportunities, management style, firm …

March 8, 2019

Hiring in a Hot Market

One of the most common questions I get from our clients is “what’s the secret to a great hire in a hot market?” In a hypercompetitive market …

March 1, 2019

Striving for Gender Balance in the Legal Profession

International Women’s Day 2019 campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter, which promotes gender balance in boardrooms, government, media coverage, wealth, and the list goes on.  Gender balance is not …

February 20, 2019

How to manage your performance review feedback

Do you remember the feeling you got in the pit of your stomach when it came time for your teacher to hand out report cards? It didn’t …

February 13, 2019

Fostering emotional culture in the workplace – Part 2

In part one of our two-part series, we discussed the importance of emotional culture. In part two, we explore methods to improve emotional culture in the workplace …

February 7, 2019

Fostering emotional culture in the workplace – Part 1

Culture is the invisible force that shapes your firm’s success and helps you retain star performers that give your organization a competitive edge in the market.   …

February 5, 2019

How can a legal recruiter benefit my career?

Looking for a new position can be a full-time job, from networking and researching job postings to writing resumes and cover letters to interviewing and following up …

January 31, 2019

The articling experience: Expectations vs. reality

There is a notion that law school does not prepare you for the actualities of legal practice. The disconnect is discovered once you are submerged in the …

January 26, 2019

A three-stage process for law career success

At the end of each year, or the beginning of a new year, I always recommend that lawyers take stock of their careers and position themselves for …

January 17, 2019

Best of 2018: Legal career tips

In the last of our “Best of 2018” blog post series, we’ve compiled our top posts focused on helping you navigate your legal career. Written by our …