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June 11, 2020

Tackling the Gender Wage Gap

Women leadership has increased across many fields; however, the gender pay gap remains a key barrier to achieving gender equality. A 2018 study from Stats Canada found …

June 11, 2020

Should I leave a gap in my resume or take a less than ideal role?

As with almost any career decision, the answer is that it depends. It depends on your own personal circumstances and where you are on your career journey. …

June 11, 2020

Stepping into the ‘new normal’: International legal recruitment perspectives and trends

In these uncertain times, many lawyers are wondering how firms abroad are responding to the pandemic. In Looking ahead: what Canadian law firms can discover from their …

May 14, 2020

How do I network right now?

No matter the circumstances, we should always be networking. Networking is not only integral to growing both your personal and legal profile, it’s a powerful way to …

May 13, 2020

‘Looking ahead: what Canadian law firms can discover from their counterparts’?

The first patient was diagnosed as suffering COVID-19 late January. Putting mainland China to one side, this meant the city was several weeks ahead of the rest …

May 6, 2020

The Importance of Mentorship During a Pandemic

Mentorship is necessary to build confidence and gain access to important resources in the early stages of your legal career and beyond. When I work with articling students and junior associates, I always highlight …

April 30, 2020

Striving for mental wellness in the legal profession

Particularly now, mental health is an issue of critical importance across all professions, including and especially the legal profession. At the best of times, the stress of …

April 27, 2020

Maintaining order, in a state of disorder

Now in week five of lockdown, the initial panic over the Covid-19 pandemic has lessened; however, feelings of anxiety and uncertainty continue to loom over us. What …

April 23, 2020

Virtual Onboarding – the new normal for your new hires!

In response to Covid-19, many organizations have transitioned to telecommuting. While hiring has slowed, some law firms and companies have less flexible start dates or still need …

April 21, 2020

AQ – The Competitive Advantage the Legal Profession Needs (especially now)!

Over the years, an essential skill has emerged and become increasingly important for career and organization success. Most haven’t heard of it, and certainly very few look …

April 16, 2020

Laid off during Covid-19 Pandemic – What do I do? Know you are not alone!

As we’ve heard over and over, these are unprecedented times. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to uncertain heath and economic crises and we are all hurting in …

April 6, 2020

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 …

April 3, 2020

Five Tips for Mastering Your Next Online Interview

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had many candidates ask us about preparing for online interviews for both private practice and in-house roles. This is nothing new …

March 30, 2020

Five Critical Steps to Better Manage Your Career (Right Now):

Since joining The Counsel Network in 1998, I’ve seen the legal community weather several economic downturns, all of which had some similar features. ‘But this one is …

March 27, 2020

Remember Your Why

  In these unprecedented times, it is easy to get bogged down by the overwhelming amount of information and daily changes to our every-day life. Roles are …

March 24, 2020

Sharing the Good News

Napoleon Hill once said, “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat”.  Our world has changed and will continue to change with all …

March 11, 2020

Requalifying as a Lawyer in Canada

I’ve recently returned to Toronto after working as a legal recruiter abroad for nearly a decade. One of the most common inquiries I’ve received from lawyers based …

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 …