A huge new crop of students will be entering their first year of law school at schools across Texas in a couple of weeks. While job opportunities and career paths accessible to Texas lawyers are boundless, learning as much as you can early on about the diverse career paths will make a significant difference in your future. You need to dedicate the time, attention and commitment it deserves to educate yourself about the different areas of the law so that you may equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to make an informed choice as to your area of pursuit. Take advantage of mentoring programs offered at your law school, talk to your professors, especially the adjuncts, who have practical experience in the “real world,” and talk to as many recent law graduates and practicing attorneys as you can to learn about the career paths they have chosen, and why.
Income Inequality in the Legal Community
Income equality in the United States is a hot topic in political campaigns and in the news, and shows no signs of abating. We have noticed a similar trend among the compensation for lawyers.
'Tis the season that many attorneys are planning a departure from their firm or company.
The reasons are many but may include a disappointing year-end bonus, personality conflicts, career advancement, culture fit, boredom or the age-old reason, compensation.
We were impressed with this article by Tom Elsenbrook about why trusted relationships are the key to success, and how to build trust in relationships.
Especially in our line of business, attorney recruiting and legal staffing, relationships are everything. And no relationship can exist without the trust that Tom describes and builds. All the recruiters at Momentum put building that trust with our candidates and clients as one of our highest priorities every day. It’s our sincerest hope that we’re accomplishing that goal!
The end of the year is when attorneys and other legal professionals start updating their resumes and thinking about job opportunities that might present themselves in the new year. Before you update your resume, please read an article by J.T. O'Donnell at Careeralism called "The Worst LinkedIn Summary." We couldn't agree more with everything he says in this article, but it also applies to resumes, maybe even more so, as resumes are much more important than Linked In bios. (Despite all the hype you hear about Linked In and how important it is to the hiring process these days, the resume is still what's circulated within companies and relied upon by hiring managers and recruiters - not your Linked In profile!)