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

To Merge or Not to Merge?

To Merge or Not to Merge? The “one-percenters” that we are hearing so much about in this year’s primary election campaigns also have an analogous place in current law firm economics. The rich are getting richer, and most others are struggling to hold their own. Thus the law firm surveys tell us that the industry is growing, but that much of the growth is concentrated at the top, largest firms. The great majority of the AmLaw 200, we are told … Continued

Oh Boy!! I Hate The Practice Area Where I Was Assigned!! What Do I Do?

6 Tips for Retooling Your Practice Areas as a Junior Attorney When young attorneys are asked, “How did you choose this practice area?”  Most respond, sheepishly, “The firm took my preferences into account, but, it was the practice area where I was assigned.”  As a result, it is clear that most law school students turned to young associates have not spent long hours thinking about the practice area in which they’ll be operating once they are within the firm. Such … 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

Answer These Two Questions to Boost Your Interview Success

Congratulations, you’ve landed a face-to-face interview! This is an excellent opportunity to show off your skills and achievements and move one step closer to receiving an offer of employment from this company. You might be a little nervous, but you should also be confident. You wouldn’t have an interview if the company didn’t see potential in your candidacy. However, to fully prepare and ultimately boost your interview success, you should answer the following two questions: #1—How is the interviewer assessing … Continued

7 Reasons Why A Lateral Career Move Is Still a Great Opportunity

Let’s face it: in the past, the term “lateral career move” has often been viewed in a negative light. However, times have changed, and whereas that might have been the case once upon a time, new patterns of thought dictate that such moves can represent great opportunities. That’s because, like most things in life, the path to career success is not a straight line. In fact, sometimes the quickest way to get where you want to go is to take … Continued

Help! I Sent My Resume In, But, I Didn’t Receive a Response. Here’s Why You Haven’t Heard Anything!

Help!  I Sent My Resume In, But, I Didn’t Receive a Response.  Here’s Why You Haven’t Heard Anything!    Silence. Perhaps that is the best word to describe employers’ responses to your job search. You have sent your resume out into the void, braving the possibility of rejection, only to hear nothing back at all, not even a faint echo. You might have spent countless nights wondering: what am I doing wrong? Is it me? Here, we will explore some … Continued

When Will the Recruiter Call Me Back?

What Recruiters Wish Candidates Knew About the Job Search Process When you send your resume and cover letter into the void, you may have several thoughts going through your head at once, including excitement and anxiety. You may be thinking:  “What will a recruiter be looking for in my job application?” and “Is there anything I can do to get on a recruiter’s “good side” or even bad side?” Or, even:  “What can make me stick out as a candidate?” … Continued

Law Firm Look: Partnership

How Optimistic Are Law School Grads About Their Success on the Partnership Track? To start, almost every associate considers the possibility that someday, they may find themselves on the enduring road that eventually ends in partnership.  However, few know when the promotion to partnership will happen and even fewer know exactly what it takes to navigate that process successfully.  However, what is clear is associate who are promoted to partner are happy and satisfied that they persevered through that long … Continued