Interested in a making a career move either within or as a new participant in the Texas legal job market. Whether a law firm or the legal department of a corporation, here are 5 steps for success:
Many companies begin with employing outside lawyers and law firms for their company’s business needs. As a company grows, these needs can be business formations, intellectual property, real estate, employment law, and other functions. Eventually, the scales will tip, and it will be time to hire their first in-house lawyer.
In-house is often seen as nirvana, the state of perfect happiness, peace, and no billable time. At Momentum Search Partners, we often from law firm associates seeking this path begin monitoring opportunities as a 3rd & 4th year (sometime earlier!). It’s never too early to begin getting familiar with the needed skill set and other qualifications to make you more appealing to a General Counsel. Once you take this leap, there is typically no going back to law firm life. So, give serious consideration to whether it’s the right time leave your law firm career behind.
What Is a Legal Headhunter?
Headhunters and recruiters are often used as interchangeable terms because both are responsible for matching candidates with available job. However, headhunting is the process of recruiting very skilled and experienced individuals to for a particular job. A headhunter resembles a talent scout looking for specific talent. Some call this sourcing.
If you’re an experienced attorney who’s interested in relocation opportunities, the Texas legal market is on fire. Landing that dream job that you’ve always wanted takes an effective relocation strategy that’s focused on all your career objectives.
Austin, Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Houston and San Antonio all offer something unique to their cities. Austin has technology companies, start-ups and several major law firms opening offices in 2021, including Skadden Arps, Perkins Coie and O’Melveny & Myers.
Momentum is proud to be long-time members of NALSC, the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. This professional organization is comprised of 200+ search member firms and recruiters from all over the United States and Canada, as well as other international locations. It is run by a board of 13 directors elected by its members, with each director serving a three-year term.
Whether you’re actively looking for a job or just testing the job market waters, the excitement of a new career is often thwarted by the formidable task of job searching. To make the process easier, consider working with a legal recruiter like Momentum. When working with Momentum, you’ll be offered opportunities that match your experience and interest.
The legal market in Austin, like most other professions, is directly tied to the overall economy of the area. Austin is on fire…again! In the past 18 months – yes, during the pandemic – companies like Tesla, Oracle and Apple all made announcements regarding huge expansions of their smaller presence in Austin.
For many years, the legal market in Dallas has focused on financial services and commercial real estate. This business has certainly been affected by the pandemic, and we’ve seen personnel reduction in some large and mid-size firms.
The new year typically brings a flood of freshly bonused and holiday rested attorneys into the job pool. With few firms paying bonuses in 2020 and stability of some firms in question, we are not seeing the usual increase of lawyers interested in making a move.
Houston has always been known for energy and oil & gas. An area located west of downtown known as the Energy Corridor is home to many of these companies. There are currently twenty-one Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Houston, most of them related to Oil & Gas/Energy.
Included in the Top 200 are Phillips 66, ConocoPhillips, Plains All American Pipeline, Baker Hughes and Halliburton. Upstream, downstream, drilling, pipelines, and oilfield services. These companies have large corporate counsel offices and equally large outside counsel with multiple law firms.