As legal recruiters, we are often asked about appropriate titles for in-house lawyers by our corporate clients as well as by candidates interviewing for a corporate legal department position. They ask: “What should we call this new attorney we need to hire?” or ”Is the position title commensurate with the level and duties of the job?” Title choices and designations vary widely among various companies and all use different systems of nomenclature . What is important, however, is to choose one system and stick with it so that all titles within the department are consistent and related to one another in a uniform way. Candidates should consider a title as one of many factors in evaluating a potential job, but should not over-value a specific title. Some companies intentionally eschew lofty titles to minimize hierarchy and to maximize collaboration, which can be a positive for incoming lawyers, regardless of title.
So far, fifteen states have enacted legislation that precludes employers from asking about current compensation from job applicants. See https://www.hrdive.com/news/salary-history-ban-states-list/516662/. Texas being a pro-business state, this type of legislation has not been enacted in Texas and was not a topic of discussion in the current legislative session, nor will it likely be in two years when the session meets again. So, the question for Texas job applicants continues: “Should I disclose my current compensation in a job interview or application”?
Topics: legal salary
The 2019 National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC) conference was held in Las Vegas this past weekend. The consensus was that it was one of the best conferences ever! The M Resort Spa & Casino was a terrific venue, the content of programs superb, the food and drink excellent, and participation high. Our own Jane Pollard joined the NALSC Board of Directors last year, and was elected as Secretary of the Board at the Town Hall Meeting. Congratulations Jane!
Today’s candidates need to be fine-tuned and savvy to land their next career opportunity. Job seekers must take the necessary steps and measures to make sure they are marketable. How should a candidate communicate, present a resume or answer recruiter inquiries? Based on what we’re hearing from hiring managers and the clients we represent, here are some suggestions that might help.
With the ease of making connections via social media and job postings reaching more people than ever before, many people ask if a recruiter’s fee remains a beneficial expense. Companies and law firms face mounting cost-containing pressures, and external recruiters are often a cost targeted for reduction. All employers agree that their most valuable resource is its employees and hiring the right – or the wrong – person is a decision critical to the bottom line. So the question becomes whether a recruiter can result in a better hire? Our clients say yes – when certain conditions exist.
Looking to hire an attorney in 2019? With the continued increasing demand for top legal talent across the state of Texas, companies and law firms alike need to step up their game throughout the recruitment process. Great candidates now have several opportunities in hand once they are looking to make a move, and your firm/company may not be under consideration if your process has been too protracted, you have not spent time courting the candidate or you have simply not put your best foot forward. By thinking tactfully and creatively, you can differentiate yourself from others competing for the same top legal talent!