What are you willing to sacrifice?

What are you willing to sacrifice?

Are you willing to sacrifice to get what you want? That’s a question that I asked candidates all the time. When it comes to changes in career or changes in areas of law that you currently work in, that’s the key. Sacrifice. What will you sacrifice to make that change? What will you sacrifice to get what you want? So often, I hear that most people won’t sacrifice anything. They say, “I am a quick learner” or “Show me how to do it once and I will be fine.” Here is the reality. No one will pay a search consultant for someone they have to teach to do his/her job. But you want to get “in”, right? Then if you are trying to get “in” to another firm practicing another area of law than anything you have experience in, be prepared to take make a sacrifice. And that sacrifice usually comes in the form of a lower salary. But you want “in” right? If you do, make the sacrifice. When search consulting firms such as ours post a position that has been sent to our office, the client wants exactly as is stated on the job description or as close to it as is possible. So if that’s what you want, your best bet is try on your own to move from one area to another. But even then, be prepared to sacrifice. That doesn’t mean we don’t want your resume. This doesn’t mean we can’t find you a great situation. We’d certainly love the opportunity to market your skills to other firms than the firm you are currently...
The Key to a Job Hunt – Patience

The Key to a Job Hunt – Patience

Patience is a virtue and it is something you need to have during a job search. When you are unemployed, it is rare that you find a job within a week of having been laid off or let go from another job. So you have to have patience. It is critical in any job search to have patience. I know it is just not that simple when you are without a job and need to find a job quickly to take care of yourself and your family if you have one. Patience is not something you have a lot of when you need money and none is coming in. But if you don’t have patience, you will have no mental peace and the process of finding a new job will cause far greater problems such as stress, family problems, and health related issues. And your lack of patience will be seen when you are interviewing. So how do you deal with the stress of being unemployed? It’s not easy to deal with, so here are a few pointers. They are not fail safe, but they are simple ideas to avoid thinking about being unemployed as you look for a new job. 1. The last thing you want is to be at home every day when you are used to being at work. Find something to do so that you are not sitting at home every day while waiting for the calls for interviews. The calls will come. Sitting next to the phone at home won’t make them come any more quickly than if you are out of the house....
The Thank You Note

The Thank You Note

The Thank You note seems like something so small when going through a job search and interviewing process. But it’s not. While a Thank You note won’t generally get you a job, it can certainly erase the chance especially if you don’t send one. Think about it this way. You are someone taking time out of your day to interview someone who is jobless or looking to make a move from one job to another. Don’t you think you should be thanked for taking time out of your day to interview someone? Don’t you think your time could be better spent doing something else rather than interviewing someone who may or may not be added to your company or firm? Surely, it could be. Naturally, you would appreciate a Thank You note from the person you just spent time interviewing. So, clearly, you should send a Thank You note to the person who interviewed you. Regardless of whether or not you get the job, a Thank You note shows class, respect and appreciation for the opportunity to have the interview. Getting the job isn’t the goal when you are searching for a job. Getting the interview is. People would be surprised to hear this, but when a position is posted recruiters, HR officers and business owners receive 400-500 resumes for one position. If you get to the chance of an interview you have made it through a major process to simply get to that point. From my personal experience, I interviewed for an Administrator position at a law firm. When I interviewed with the owner of the firm he...
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