A lot has been written about Millennials, much of it based on biased assumptions. Many essays that examine the generation talk about helicopter parents and the failure of youth to truly launch. But new studies have found that Millennials are coming into their own and law firms need to offer key benefits if they want to hire them.
You can find a toxic workplace anywhere. Law firms are not exclusive to toxicity. Toxic workplaces are terrible for law firms and for the attorneys and support staffers who work in them. Many law firms are rightfully considered “no-go” zones.
Facing uncertain economic hard times is tough for even the most seasoned attorneys who have seen it all. Down economic times are exactly why it’s important that law firms focus on keeping morale high even when they’re struggling to match previous years' financial goals. Tips on keeping morale high.
It's the end of the year and with holiday office parties still in full swing this week, work alliances are either make or break this time of the year. Regardless of how competent you are as an attorney, office politics can foil your career goals if you’re not careful, ready and strategic. One of the best ways to avoid the pitfalls of office politics is to build broad work alliances and this is the time to strike.
It is often mentioned that law firms are risk-averse, therefore the people (the attorneys) who run the firm are also risk-averse. Businesses cannot afford to not take risks. The best business advice includes taking risks. Hit the ground running towards your career goals at your new law firm job by treating your career like a business.
Top firms like to hire from the top schools, recruit from other top firms but those resume points do not guarantee the best associates. While it is true that no one is truly indispensable, lawyers who leverage their skills correctly, both intellectually (IQ) and emotionally (EQ), they can become the type of attorney that law firms want to hire and retain. Dream attorneys do exist. You can be a dream attorney (regardless of which law school you attended).
From college to law school. Law school to a law firm, the mere decision to become a lawyer comes with stress. Working in a high-pressure law firm puts a lot of stress on the associates, partners, and support team. Stress has huge implications for every staffer's mental and physical health. The struggle is so real, Above the Law has a dedicated series called, The Struggle with articles and items on the lawyer life, attorney wellness, stress control, and mental health.
You're a lawyer by career, but in your life, you are a judge. You are your harshest critic in all things you. In general, attorneys can be a perfectionist bunch but the quest for perfection can send many lawyers into a downward spiral of negative self-judgment.
You have all the legal experience needed, the book of business, but not the administrative skills. Perhaps you always had an assistant, or you never had a "regular" job at a small office wearing many hats, but understanding how systems work and how your law firm is impacted by these systems can empower you to make changes that will help your new firm thrive.
They say that the things worth doing are always difficult. FInding a good job is definitely one of those things. Whether you’ve failed to ace an interview or you lost out on an opportunity, being resilient enough to overcome job search setbacks is critical.