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February 16, 2018

How the power of focus can shape your legal career

There’s a great story about Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s first meeting; Mr. Gates’ mother (the host of the dinner) asked both men what, in a single …

February 9, 2018

Why you should read Her Way

Although it is 2018 and human rights, certainly in Canada, have come a long way, there is still a lot of room for growth and improvement with …

February 7, 2018

New Year resolutions for your law career

The New Year is a popular time to take stock and determine whether this is the year to make a career change.  Early in the year, our …

February 6, 2018

The legal industry can learn from the #MeToo movement

Over the past few months, the #MeToo movement has claimed the reputations of many iconic personalities and brands. The downfall of seemingly untouchable public figures, from Harvey …

February 1, 2018

The three most common reasons in-house counsel return to private practice

There is a common perception in practice that once a lawyer goes in-house, they never return to private practice.  Better work-life balance, a more invested relationship with …

January 30, 2018

What not to say during your law firm interview

We live in a time where the legal job market is more competitive than ever. While job search tools have advanced to help with the process of …

January 24, 2018

Staying with a toxic partner can hurt your legal career

Loyalty within the legal profession is both an underrated and overrated value. At one end, it is underrated in that legal recruiters and employers really do value …

January 23, 2018

The 12 best interview questions asked by lawyer candidates

I always say to my candidates, the interview isn’t just for the interviewer, it’s also for the interviewee. The interview is a great opportunity to learn more …

January 17, 2018

The three contacts you need after making a lateral move

As part of our full cycle legal recruiting services, we make it a habit to keep in touch with placed candidates on a regular basis after they’ve …

January 10, 2018

Meaningful work via job crafting

As a legal recruitment consultant, I often meet high-profile candidates with seemingly bright futures at their current organizations that are still looking to move. When asked why …

January 9, 2018

The importance of volunteering

As a young lawyer or law student, volunteering your time outside of work or school was about padding out your resume with extracurricular activities. A history of …

January 3, 2018

The future for lawyers: Opportunities and challenges

I had the privilege of presenting at the 2017 RODA-OBA Diversity Conference in Toronto. It was humbling and fascinating to listen to the other speakers present. The …

January 2, 2018

Set and Own Your Goals for the Coming Year

  Apart from mandatory annual goal-setting sessions in larger corporate and private practice environments, few lawyers take the time to set personal goals. After all, by simply …

December 20, 2017

Don’t want to practice law anymore? Alternative legal career options

  You earn a decent living as a practicing lawyer, perhaps you just made partner or closed a big deal, and you live comfortably and can afford …

December 18, 2017

Tips for clueing into your career interests

As a legal recruitment consultant, I often meet with law students and law firm partners alike who feel they have no sense of direction or purpose in …

December 15, 2017

Is in-house really the holy grail for lawyers?

We have all become accustomed to hearing reasons lawyers want to leave private practice for an in-house position, but what are some of the challenges of becoming …

December 14, 2017

Women in law: How far have we come?

On the heels of another successful Women in Law Leadership (WILL) Awards dinner, we are reminded of how far women have come in the legal profession. Yet, …

December 13, 2017

Social media don’ts during your job search

Over the past decade, technology and the use of social media has been incorporated into almost every business or organization’s marketing strategies. It’s a way to highlight …

December 7, 2017

Why partners move: Assessing your career options

Whether you are a junior or senior partner, income or equity, examining your career and practice options is critical to perform on a regular basis. Legal recruitment …

December 6, 2017

Exit Interviews: How to make the most of a departure

  Too often, exit interviews are a forgotten piece of human resources. When an employee resigns, recruiting to replace for their role and ensuring handover often take …

December 4, 2017

The role of managing partners in a growing law firm

For most Canadian law firms, managing partners rarely hold true executive powers, instead, they rely on the ability to form consensus through personal relationships, all the while …

November 30, 2017

Interrupting unconscious bias: Overcoming bias in recruitment

There has been much discussion in the legal market recently regarding unconscious bias.  Of course, we are all operating under the assumption that no one is consciously …

November 28, 2017

Why employee engagement matters

Employers, have you ever felt that sense of accomplishment and triumph that comes when you know you’ve hired star employees? They are smart, positive, motivated, and love …

November 23, 2017

Assessing your career satisfaction: the four career phases

As Managing Partner of a specialist legal recruitment firm, I’ve worked with lawyers in every stage of their careers. No matter your level of experience or seniority, …

November 22, 2017

Use the coach approach to inspire your legal team

Coaching is often an underutilized yet powerful collaborative leadership tool that can be used to inspire your team. Coaching, however, is often confused with advising or instructing, …

November 21, 2017

10 tips for writing the perfect resume

On average, it takes a recruiter about six seconds to determine if a candidate makes the initial cut for a role.  As a legal recruiting services firm, we know competition is fierce, especially in this market, so you want …

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 versus risk | The Counsel Network

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 …