Category Archives: Assessing Your Marketability

What’s your sign?

Can employers legally discriminate based on astrological signs? In his June 2020 dissent in Bostock v Clayton County, Georgia, which extended workplace antidiscrimination protections to LGBT employees, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito mentioned astrology as a possible hiring criterion. He wrote, “Even idiosyncratic criteria are permitted; if an employer thinks that Scorpios make bad employees,…
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Your Job Search is Really a Sales Job

The word “sales” makes many lawyers uncomfortable, but you’re in sales every day whether you realize it or not. You sell yourself and your expertise to your firm or company, current and potential clients, colleagues, opponents, and judges. And, when searching for a new position, you are the product you want the prospective employer to…
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Writing an Effective Business Development Plan

An effective business development plan lays out exactly how the potential lateral lawyer will advance the target firm’s strategic plan, most commonly through expanding its client base. Moreover, it demonstrates that the candidate has that “It Factor” to justify the firm’s investing the time and money necessary to complete the hire and execute the plan.…
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The Ideal In-House Candidate

The ideal candidate for an in-house legal department is somewhat different than for a law firm. Although good legal skills are mandatory, a successful in-house lawyer possesses additional business and soft skills not necessarily required for advancement in private practice.   Seniority In-house legal departments usually seek candidates who possess several years of solid law…
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