Whether you’re actively looking for a new job or simply curious about the current market, you might opt to work with a recruiter to help you through the process. There are as many legal recruiters in the industry as there are law firms, and you might wonder what sets them all apart. Here’s a quick peek at the inner workings of Kinney Recruiting so you can decide if we’re the firm for you.
Experience counts. Most of our recruiters are attorneys who have big firm experience. All of our recruiters have significant recruiting backgrounds, deep client relationships and substantial knowledge concerning the legal markets they serve. We specialize in a wide range of attorney and professional legal staff placement services, including permanent, temp-to-perm, project and contract/hourly and other arrangements as the needs of our clients arise. We are also very well versed in the nuances of partner/shareholder placement and have unique expertise opening new offices for our law firm clients in markets across the globe.
Expertise matters. We are not and don’t want to be a one-size-fits-all recruiting firm. We focus on the industry we know. Our clients are a wide variety of law firms and corporations looking for top-notch legal talent. The depth of our experience and knowledge related to our clients and markets is absolutely unmatched. If you are an attorney, paralegal, office administrator or other professional whose work relates to the legal industry and you think we can help, we’d love to hear from you.
So, you have been presented to a prospective employer, and have been invited to interview. Now what? A simple question, right? The answer is both yes and no. Having worked as a legal recruiter for 15+ years, I never assume anything when it comes to preparing a candidate for an interview. It is folly to assume that even the most experienced professional will interview well, without proper “woodshedding” beforehand. Perhaps self-servingly, I would submit that interview preparation is one of the many benefits of working with an experienced legal recruiting professional, as the old maxim applies here, “the lawyer who represents himself has a fool for a client”. In the course of this two-part article, I will share with you some anecdotes over the years which underscore this fact and give you tips on how to ace your screening interview.
Let’s start with the phone screen, our focus for Part One of this article. Increasingly, in this fluid legal market, where clients are searching out of city or state for highly credentialed candidates, we see the use of phone screens in advance of an in-person interview. At this point, you are probably thinking, “what could be so difficult about a 30 minute phone screen?” In theory, that is true. However, like an in-person interview, the success of this phone call will depend as much on how you connect with the interviewer on a personal level, as with your substantive abilities. There is a presumption that you are substantively sound, as you have been selected for the interview based on the skills, experience and academics contained in your resume. Of course, the lead work, timing and manner in which your candidacy is presented, something Kinney Recruiting excels at, is a tremendous advantage as well. But that’s an article of its own, for another day.
Kinney Recruiting has recently expanded its team to include support for the placement of professional legal staff in markets around the country. Shelley Logan joined the Kinney team in Dallas to spearhead the expansion of our recruiting and staffing services to include paralegals, legal secretaries, office administrators and other legal professionals.
In the past, clients have requested our help in filling these positions, and we were able to accommodate such needs on a one-off basis. However, the continuously growing legal job market both in Texas and throughout the United States has resulted in the need for a dedicated professional staffing division within Kinney Recruiting.
We have been very fortunate to recruit Shelley away from Southwest Airlines, where she served in a wide array of positions for 12 years. Since joining as the head of our professional staff division, Shelley has been inundated with jobs from around the state and has been very busy sourcing high quality candidates for our clients. We are now in a position to assist with virtually any job opening within a corporate legal group or law firm, and our clients are happy to have one source for all their staffing needs. The new division will provide the same high level of service and market knowledge that Kinney Recruiting is known for in its attorney recruitment practice.
If you are a candidate or client, we would be happy to discuss our professional legal staff recruiting services at any time. Please to set up a call and learn more about what we can do for you!
It’s time for the critical interview. You’ve gone through the initial steps of the legal recruitment process and contacted an attorney headhunter to help you find an open position that matches your corporate experience. Now, you must prepare yourself for an interview, and sometimes, this can be a daunting prospect. The experts at Kinney Recruiting have put together the following tips for those approaching an interview for a legal position.
There is an enormous variety of career choices when it comes to the legal world. Corporate lawyers seek legal recruitment with top-tier companies, tax attorneys look for high-level financial clients and criminal experts defend and prosecute those who break the law. However, patent prosecution and litigation practices remain one of the most popular aspects of the legal field, because someone will always be needed to determine copyright and other patent law.
When international law firms go on hiring sprees, it is a sure sign that the economy is improving. Top-level hires through legal recruitment mean that firms have the business to keep attorneys busy and funds available to meet salary requirements. Recently, several law firms with established business around the globe have been expanding.
In Chicago, Winston & Strawn LLP recently hired fund formation attorney Bradley S. Mandel as Of Counsel, according to a press release. Winston & Strawn has 15 offices spread out across Asia, Europe and North America, and is one of the more prominent commercial law firms in the world.
“The depth of Brad’s experience in advising top tier firms investing in a wide range of transactions and industries will be highly valued by global clients across all of our offices,” said Winston & Strawn corporate chairman Steven J. Gavin, according to the press release.
International law firms are also expanding their office size in other metro areas in response to new employees and space demands. For example, international law firm Covington & Burling LLP recently signed a letter of intent to occupy office space in a $950 million tenant project in Washington, D.C., according to Commercial Property Executive. The law firm has over 800 attorneys spread out in offices around the world.
If you are seeking employment by one of these top-level law firms, look no further than Kinney Recruiting. Our attorney headhunters can provide an enormous amount of legal wisdom on just about anything a person could desire, including salary negotiation, business culture and job postings. Advice can sometimes be hard to come by in the legal industry, so give our professionals a call today to discuss career advancement options.
A lot of attention is given to the most popular metro areas in the United States, but legal recruitment specialists know the intrinsic value of smaller urban cities that sometimes have more job opportunities than their larger counterparts. Portland is one of those communities – situated between San Francisco and Seattle, this green city offers great quality of life and fantastic employment opportunities.
The global economy has created a competitive marketplace, and lawyers looking for new opportunities will need to take extra time and effort to stand out from the crowd. Thankfully, there are several ways an attorney can do so, including simple resume modifications.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the resume changes you can make to help you draw the attention of legal staffing agencies.
More than 20 attorneys are joining international law firm Winston & Strawn to fulfill New York legal jobs, Washington legal jobs and London legal jobs, among other locales, according to a press release.
Twenty-two litigation partners, one energy partner and numerous associates will help propel the firm’s drive toward widening the scope of its global litigation work and transactional footprint.