Legal and Compliance Executive Search Blog

HOW TEXAS LAW FIRMS CAN RETAIN LEGAL STAFF AND ATTORNEYS

Posted by Momentum Legal on Tue, Apr 19, 2016

We were recently asked to make a presentation to managing partners of small law firms in Texas on best hiring practices.  In preparation for this seminar talk, we were reminded of the importance of RETAINING existing talent.


Hiring is just the start of building a team, once someone is found and trained, the law firm or legal department needs to know how to KEEP them!  
The costs of turnover are mostly hidden, but affect the bottom line of small law firms significantly.  

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Topics: law jobs, job success, Labor/Employment, law firms, lawyers, paralegal jobs, legal salary, job market, legal, legal jobs

5 Tips For Acing Your First Few Weeks At A New Job

Posted by Momentum Legal on Tue, Sep 01, 2015

The following article by Phil Strazzulla about transitioning to a new job is right on the mark.   Everyone who starts a new job feels disoriented and frustrated at first.   In addition to the 5 Tips below, we would add one more really important one:  

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Topics: job success, hiring, Success, job market

Tips for First Month on a New Job

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Thu, Apr 30, 2015

Starting a new job can be stressful. This article by Fast Company written by Ximena Vengoechea provides good strategies to keep in mind.

10 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FIRST MONTH AT A NEW JOB

STARTING A NEW JOB CAN BE DAUNTING. KEEP THESE 10 TIPS IN MIND TO MAKE THE MOST OF THOSE IMPORTANT FIRST FEW WEEKS.

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Topics: job success

Learn how to negotiate your compensation

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Mon, Feb 09, 2015

We get more questions/requests for compensation information from both clients and candidates than just about anything else.   For that reason, we thought that the following webinar, which is being hosted tomorrow by the American Bar Association, might be of interest to many of you.   It can never hurt to get a refresher on how to maximize your chances of negotiating better compensation! 

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Topics: Attorney, job success, legal salary, legal compensation, attorney salaries

Rainmaking Recommendation #109: Yesterday is Not Today

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Jaimie Field is so right. The practice of law (as well as all other service-oriented professions) have changed drastically. All of us who depend on personal reputations and referrals can increase our business by taking each of the steps she recommends. Good reminder for the new year!

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Topics: job success, legal market news

The Worst Resume Summary

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Mon, Dec 01, 2014

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!)   

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Topics: job success, job interview tips, Career

Trends in Corporate Legal Departments

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Tue, Jun 24, 2014
Our team of Texas legal recruiters recently attended the annual conference of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC), the professional organization that promulgates ethical standards and best practices in the legal recruiting profession. The key note speech was presented by James Merklinger, Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of Corporate Counsel. His talk about in-house legal department trends was insightful and we thought would be of interest to many of our readers. Below is a brief summary with our annotations:

Biggest challenges for hiring in-house counsel:

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Topics: job success, in house, general counsels

Texas Lawyer Offers Timely Advice for Summer Associates

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Tue, May 20, 2014

Jeanne Graham, Texas Lawyer

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Topics: job success, summer law

Essential Traits of an Effective In-House Counsel

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Fri, Sep 20, 2013

Every day at Momentum Search Partners, law firm attorneys call our recruiters seeking in-house positions because they want to work closer to the business team, be more involved in a company’s business decisions and be part of the overall “big picture” strategy that corporate legal work typically provides. Part of our job as legal recruiters is to dig deeper to determine which candidates really understand what being part of the business team means - and whether they can successfully make the transition. A critical factor is communication and the ability to connect with the business team. But what does that mean, exactly?

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Topics: job success, in house, corporate interview process

Considering a Job Change? Read This!

Posted by Momentum Search Partners on Fri, Aug 30, 2013

Our Texas legal headhunters usually see a spike in hiring this time of year. Early Fall is routinely a time for in-house legal departments and law firms to add attorneys, paralegals and compliance staff to meet end of the year work demands. If you are thinking about a job change, we suggest you fully consider the following factors in making the right move.

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Topics: job success, Interesting Articles, job search tips