Hiring

Why Formally Rejecting Candidates Helps Your Employer Brand

Why Formally Rejecting Candidates Helps Your Employer Brand

It feels really good to call a candidate, tell them how impressed you are with them and offer them a job with your firm.

However, it sucks to be the bearer of bad news and turn down a candidate, letting them know that you thank them for their time, but they won’t be getting hired.

Since few people actually enjoy being the bad guy, many employers neglect getting back to unsuccessful candidates. But doing so is a necessary evil and does wonders for helping your overall employer brand.

Why Solo/Small Law Firms are Using Freelance Attorneys to Meet Their Staffing Needs

Why Solo/Small Law Firms are Using Freelance Attorneys to Meet Their Staffing Needs

In an attempt to more effectively manage their practices and caseloads, the utilization of freelance attorneys is becoming an increasingly popular option. A freelance attorney is an experienced attorney who works with other attorneys on a project basis. Here are three reasons why freelance attorneys can be a lifesaver to solo and small law firms.

3 Reasons Why You're Struggling to Fill Open Positions

3 Reasons Why You're Struggling to Fill Open Positions

You’ve crafted the perfect job description and blasted it on various job boards. You’ve conducted some interviews, but no candidates knocked it out of the park or you’ve had numerous candidates turn down your job offer. Now you’re scratching your head trying to figure out why you’re having such a hard time filling your open position.

Here are 3 reasons why you’re struggling to fill open positions that maybe you haven’t considered.

Made a Bad Hire? Now What?

Made a Bad Hire? Now What?

You’ve used valuable time, money and resources to find an employee and onboard them, only to realize you made a bad hire. This is every employer’s worst nightmare. A bad hire is expensive to keep and get rid of. However, the quicker you accept the fact that things aren’t working out, the quicker you can move forward and make a better hire next time.

3 Ways Slow Hiring is Hurting Your Firm

3 Ways Slow Hiring is Hurting Your Firm

Many firms believe that taking their time to hire is in their best interests. When there’s no sense of urgency, firms will interview numerous qualified candidates, but take a “grass is greener” approach and decide to continue looking, leaving their first choice candidates in limbo for an indefinite period of time. Taking this approach often means that the top candidates will either lose interest or accept another position before your firm has a chance to make a final decision.  This means you are now selecting from the good, but not great, candidates who are still left and interested, inevitably resulting in mediocre hires

What Law Firms Get Wrong About Diversity

What Law Firms Get Wrong About Diversity

The lack of diversity in the legal profession has been a hot button topic for decades now and the industry has recently seen small gains. The National Association of Legal Placement’s 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms reported that the representation of minority associates has continued to increase (from 19.53% to 22.72%) since 2010 following widespread layoffs in 2009. In 2016, minorities accounted for 8.05% of partners in the nation’s major firms. However, minority women continue to be the most underrepresented group of partners at just 2.76%. Despite the small gains in minority representation at both the associate and partnership level, the legal industry still has a long way to go to be considered a diverse industry.

4 Signs You Need to Hire a Freelance Attorney

4 Signs You Need to Hire a Freelance Attorney

Just because you're a solo or small firm attorney, doesn't mean that you have to struggle doing everything yourself. There are ways to economically scale your practice to give you the extra manpower you need when you need it. One of those ways is by hiring a freelance attorney. A freelance attorney is simply an experienced attorney who works with other attorneys on certain projects for a one-time or on-going basis. Think of them as an on-call associate that you use whenever you’re in a pinch. A freelance attorney can help change the way you work by making your practice more efficient, helping to balance your caseload and giving you more time to focus on more pressing matters. It all leads to less stress and better work-life balance. 

Making the Case for Diversity

Making the Case for Diversity

The lack of diversity in the legal profession has been a hot button topic for decades now and the industry has recently seen small gains. The National Association of Legal Placement’s 2016 Report on Diversity in U.S. Law Firms reported that the representation of minority associates has continued to increase (from 19.53% to 22.72%) since 2010 following widespread layoffs in 2009. In 2016, minorities accounted for 8.05% of partners in the nation’s major firms. However, minority women continue to be the most underrepresented group of partners at just 2.76%. Despite the small gains in minority representation at both the associate and partnership level, the legal industry still has a long way to go to be considered a diverse industry.