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
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
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.