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State of the Legal Market 2023 – The Lawyer Whisperer
All Resumes Should Be One Page…Right?
I’ve been in my job for 2 1/2 years and my friends tell me I need to move now or employers will think my experience is stale. Is this true?
Is there a predictable hiring cycle for the in-house market? If so, what is it?
Will joining a company with a mediocre brand hurt my career?
I’m interviewing for 2 different jobs and received an offer for my 2nd choice. The process for my 1st choice is behind. Should I take the offer or go for my 1st choice instead?
Should I include a Professional Summary at the top of my resume?
Before You Start Your Job Search, Read This!
Will an inflated title hurt my marketability in the job market?
How do I find an awesome part-time or family/flex time legal job? Should I apply for a full-time job and ask for a reduced schedule if I receive an offer?
Can I take 6-12 months off in between jobs or will it hurt my career? How do I strategically manage my time off?
Should I quit my job and move in order to focus solely on my job search?
I want to send thank you notes after my job interview, but I don’t have the email addresses of my interviewers. What should I do?
I’ve met with several of my contacts to network for a new job. Should I follow up? If so, what should I say?
The Danger of Being Too Aggressive in Today’s Job Market.
How to score an in house job without in house experience.
How to ask about compensation in a job interview without sounding greedy.
How to write a great thank you note.
How To Crush Your Phone Interview.
I’m thinking about accepting a “quasi-legal” job offer. Will this hurt my chances of finding a future legal position in a law firm or company?
Should You Always Counter a Job Offer?
What is the right length of time for a GC to stay in his/her role at the same company? In today’s market, what are the main reasons GCs leave their jobs?
Do Divorces and Job Searches Mix?
What are the best short-term career options for law firm associates who want to be a General Counsel one day?
How important is in house experience when applying for an in house job?
I’m a jr. litigation partner at a mid-sized law firm. I have great credentials and trial experience, but no portable book of business. Will I be able to “upgrade” to a big firm as a partner?
I’m interested in a great job, but the money is below what I would accept. Should I apply anyway and see if I can get what I need after the employer falls in love with me?
How to Line Up the Best References Before a Job Search.
I’m an introvert and have been rejected in interviews for not showing enough enthusiasm. How do I overcome this if I can’t change my personality?
How To Greatly Improve Your Success at Building Your Professional Network.
If you lack this one thing in a job interview, you will never get the job.
Why do employers require Big Law experience when hiring a GC?
Should I include a job on my resume that I had for only 12 weeks?
Should a candidate always send a thank you note after a job interview?
Should employers rescind offers for poorly behaved candidates?
From Litigator to In House Transaction Lawyer.
I’m interviewing with 2 companies and just received an offer from my 2nd choice with a few days to decide. My 1st choice is far behind in the interview process. What should I do?
Should you disclose your compensation in a job interview?
Why Employers Prefer To Hire Local Candidates.
My boss just announced there would be no promotions in the legal department for the foreseeable future. I love my job, but I want to advance. Should I stay or leave?
My company is failing. How much will this negatively impact my candidacy for a job? Do today’s companies only want to hire from “successful” companies?
What’s the best way to explain long unemployment gaps, weird job moves, short job stints, multiple moves etc. on a resume?
My current title is Group General Counsel. I want to switch jobs and am open to a more junior title/role at a larger company. How do I convince an employer that I’m ok with this?
I took a low paying job with good health insurance in order to cover a needed surgery. I’m on the market again and omitted my salary on job applications because I’m embarrassed by it. I think it’s cost me interviews so how do I get around this?
My husband and I are new attorneys with young kids. He works long hours so I need a predictable job in order to take care of our family. How can I achieve this and still enjoy career success?
I’m a senior associate with awful law school grades. I want to join another law firm and employers are requesting my transcript. How can I get around this hurdle?
From Legal Generalist to Specialist. Good Career Move?
Someone I barely know asked me to recommend her for a job at my company. Is this appropriate? What are the rules for such requests?
I’m a non-local candidate and am getting nowhere in my job search. Should I insert a local address on my resume so it looks like I live in the area (i.e. P.O. Box)?
Can a lame job stint compromise an entire career?
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