Job Search

Using Third Parties to Assist You in Your Job Search

By Carol Kanarek
Career Counseling

Career Counseling

The first category I will discuss is legal search firms, or headhunters.  Many lawyers erroneously assume that this is the primary means by which attorneys make job transitions.  The reality is that these firms provide access to only a tiny percentage of legal jobs, and they are almost always used to find “square pegs for square holes”.  Search firms are not career counselors; they work on a contingency basis, and the only way in which they make money is by finding suitable lawyers to meet the very specific needs of employers who are willing to pay a very hefty “success fee”—generally 20 to 30 percent of the attorney’s salary.  Consequently, if you are seeking a change in practice focus, or are looking for a non-legal job, a search firm won’t be able to help you.

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