Women Big 4 Accounting Associates – 5 Ways to Chart Your Path to An Accounting Partnership

Navigating Your Way to Professional Success It is a well-known fact that in many professions, men and women do not hold the same top positions, are not paid equally, and do not seem to have the same trappings of outward “success.” And, although there are many industries that provide a basis for the statistic, a major contributor to this problem is the grueling accounting field (which has commonly been perceived as a male-oriented profession). Indeed, why haven’t women “made it” … Continued

How Can Law Firms Keep Great Associates?

How Can Law Firms Keep Great Associates? Firms around the world constantly struggle to find and keep great associates. The shortage is particularly common in popular practice areas such as mergers and acquisitions, trademark, copyright, and patent prosecution. A lot of professionals have a mechanistic view of people as being interchangeable, when they should view people more organically. An organic view of people is far more accurate as firms are seen as integrated systems — and likely to make you … Continued

Are You An Investment Banker? Are You Looking for a New Firm?

Here Are the 50 Best Banks! As an investment banker, your job is hard enough. You do not need to work under unreasonable circumstance.  If you find yourself somewhere that is difficult or challenging, you may want to make a lateral move.  If you are considering making a move, as you evaluate your options, consider this list which ranks the “50 Best Banks.” Every year, Vault announces its Banking 50, which is a listing of the greatest Northern American banking … Continued

Looking for a New Job? Are You Looking in the Best Geographic Region?

Looking for a New Job? Are You Looking in the Correct Geographic Region? Finding the right job—especially in an industry as crowded and competitive as the legal market—requires several factors all at once to work in your favor. These factors include education and credentials, “fit” for the jobs for which you are applying, and even a whole lot of luck. But, the successful job search goes beyond even this; perhaps, if you have been searching for months on end for … Continued

How to Hire the Right Person for Your Law Firm or Company!

How to Make Great Hiring Decisions! As a law firm or an employer, it is crucial to get the best employees that you possibly can for your organization. These individuals ensure value-driven customer service, are the face of your company, and help ensure that day-to-day tasks are completed effectively. For this reason, when you hire your attorneys and employees, you should be looking for a great fit. Often, however, law firms and employers have trouble making that determination.  Indeed, the … Continued

2015-16 Forecast: Hiring and Salary Trends for Finance/Accounting

  As the 4th Quarter approaches, in the remainder of 2015 and as 2016 begins, the global economy is expected to grow, and there should be continued transformation and promise for the accounting and finance fields. Changes in the global market structure have increased the need for accounting and finance professionals.  And, as a result, the need for strong talent has caused industry salaries to go up.[1]  Indeed, in 2015, accounting and finance salaries have increased approximately 3.5% in relation … Continued

Is Revenue Increasing at AmLaw 100 Law Firms?

Is Revenue Increasing at AmLaw 100 Law Firms? Although the economy seems to be thriving, everyone in BigLaw still wonders: are the biggest law firms actually prospering? After all, 2014 was an impactful year for AmLaw 100 law firms. To recount, law firm mergers were active.  In particular, the mergers between Locke Lord and Edward Wildman Palmer, and Squire Sanders and Patton Boggs caught some serious attention. Further, Bingham McCutchen merged into Morgan Lewis, which, before its merger, was one … Continued

Have a Phone Screen Interview? How to Nail It!

Phone interviews can be deceptive. On one hand, you may scoff at how simple it is to schedule a call for a time that is best for your schedule, how you can conduct it in the comfort of your own office or home. Not to mention, you do not have to spend precious prep time trying to arrive promptly at an interview site, well-groomed and ready to sit before a stranger in hope of making a winning impression. But, while … Continued

Selling Yourself: Talk a Little, Say a Lot

How To Sell Yourself In a Job Interview! The idea of talking about yourself and your experience during a job interview can turn even the most competent of people into neurotic messes. It’s common to fear that you will come off as a braggart. In truth, however, a potential employer wants you to sell yourself; wants to hear why you can be an asset to the company or firm. It’s all in the attitude. It’s all about attitude. Your attitude. … Continued

3 Ways to Attract Diverse Law Firm Associates

Increasing and maintaining diverse attorney representation at U.S. law firms continues to be an uphill battle. According to The American Lawyer, in their Annual Diversity Scorecard, the share of minorities, for example, working in the United States at the largest law firms inched up to 14.4 percent last year, from 14.1 percent in 2013. The Scorecard also shows no substantial increase in the overall percentage of minority lawyers since 2008, when the share reached 13.9 percent.  Even more eye-opening, these … Continued