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Desirable Skills for an Attorney to Develop

Legal hiring demand and salary growth has grown at a slow, steady rate in recent years, but if you believe that your current legal skillset is or would not be competitive enough in today’s law job market, then you may want to consider developing and potentially expanding your overall skill portfolio.  More than ever, private law firms and in-house legal departments are beginning to value attorneys who have a breadth of talents — not simply depth.   Develop Fluency in a High-Demand Language   A number of firms —...

Customizing Your Legal Resume: Targeting Specific Jobs

If you’re a working attorney looking to transition to a new legal job — whether that job is with a private law firm or an in-house legal department — then it may have been awhile since you’ve actually taken the time to reflect on and update your resume.   Far too often, candidates fail to recognize the importance of specifically tailoring the structure and presentation of their resume to target a particular legal job.  Candidates instead devote much of their time writing customized cover letters — a...

Knowing When to Make Your Legal Job Transition

If you are a skilled attorney associate and are looking to make a transition to another firm (or to an in-house legal in the near future), then you would do well to reflect on the reasons for your departure.  Making a legal job transition is a significant commitment, and you should carefully consider the direction of your legal recruitment process to ensure that you are actually moving forward and not running around in circles.   As you explore the possibilities afforded to you by legal recruitment services,...

What Biglaw Is Looking For — Attorney Personality Traits

If you’re contemplating an attorney job at a “Biglaw” brand-name firm but have not yet worked in a biglaw office environment, your perception of such firms is likely to be a bit skewed in some respects (and may be accurate in other respects).  This could be a disadvantage if you don’t take steps to inform yourself about your target firms and the legal industry as a whole.  The most informed candidates also tend to be the most confident, expressive, and passionate candidates come interview time,...

Good Closing Questions for an Attorney Interview

The interview is the most important component of the overall hiring process, and it is for this reason that the legal recruiters at Garb Jaffe & Associates work tirelessly to help you successfully navigate your interviews with each of the law firms and in-house departments that you’ll be targeting during your job search.   A successful interview requires great execution from start-to-finish — and though first impressions are vital, the last impression is a great opportunity to close out the interview on your own terms.   Oftentimes, to close...

Topics to Avoid During an Attorney Job Interview

The attorney job interview — whether you’re in the first round or final round — is a critical part of the overall hiring process.  It’s important to ask the right questions and provide reasonable, professional answers during your interview, but it’s even more important that you make sure to avoid certain topics altogether.  Fundamentally, it can be difficult (if not impossible) to predict how the interviewer will react to certain statements, and as such, you’ll want to avoid controversial topics.   By engaging with certain controversial topics,...

Body Language Tips for Your Job Search

Body language is often misunderstood – and its potential impact commonly underestimated – in the context of a job search, particularly among legal professionals.   The hiring process is a multi-phase process in which different facets of your overall desirability as a candidate are assessed in different ways. In the initial phase, your résumé is indicative of your professional qualifications, while your cover letter serves as a further elaboration of these qualifications and is expressive of your personality, goals, and interest in the position itself. Later, during...