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How To Go From Consultant To Full-Time Attorney

by Beverly Aarons 23. May 2012 08:44

Many attorneys searching for full-time employment have worked as consultants to fill in the financial gap during unemployment.  But how can an attorney make the transition from consultant to full-time employee? Below are a few tips.

1.      Only take consultant jobs with firms you would be willing to work with long-term.  If you’re working as a consultant for a law firm you respect, you’re more likely to accept (and remain in) a permanent position if one becomes available.  If you discover that you don’t like the firm’s culture while working as a consultant, make sure you develop an exit plan.

2.      Don’t stop your job search while working as a consultant. Consultants should have a timeline for their job search goals so that they don’t allow time to just slip by.  Continue to send out resumes and take interviews, even if you’re hoping to land a full-time position at your current firm.

3.      Announce your desire for full-time work.  While you shouldn’t shove your resume onto the desk of the hiring manager, you should make it clear that you’re looking for full-time work. Some hiring managers may mistakenly assume that consultants are only interested in temporary work unless they are told otherwise.

4.      Give 200% of your best work. Even if it looks like your consultant position will be short lived and there’s no chance of landing a permanent position with the firm, always do your best work.  You never know who will refer you to another job opportunity, even if it’s with another firm.

5.      Socialize and build relationships. While working as a consultant, you should make it a goal to know key people at the firm. Even if a consultant position doesn’t lead to full-time work directly, the relationships you build there may. 

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