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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.

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

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.

Interview Tips for First-Time Hiring Managers

Interviewing can be scary. Not just for the candidate being interviewed, but for the person conducting the interview as well. 

There’s a lot at stake when making a new hire. A bad hire is extremely costly, and not just monetarily, but also in time-wasted. That’s why it’s so important for the interviewer to get it right the first time and not cut corners out of fear or desperation. 

How to Recruit Big Firm Talent on a Small Firm Budget

The legal job market is competitive, not only between job-seekers trying to land a coveted position with a firm, but for firms that want to attract and retain quality talent. 

Smaller firms are at a particular disadvantage. They don’t have the big salary, bonus packages and fancy offices to entice prospective job applicants. So if you know you’re a top-notch smaller firm and any attorney would be lucky to work for you, how do you attract interest from high-caliber talent when competing with larger firms that have bigger hiring budgets?

[Video Blog] Why You Must Know Your Office Culture Before You Start Hiring

Before you even think about hiring an employee for your firm, whether it is another associate, paralegal or office assistant, it is imperative that you know your office culture. Culture is the character and personality of your firm. It is the sum of the values, traditions, attitudes and behaviors your firm exhibits.

The Busy Lawyer's Guide to Hiring Freelance Attorneys

The Busy Lawyer's Guide to Hiring Freelance Attorneys

As a busy solo attorney, Marie was forced to wear many different hats in her practice. She was the marketing department, sales, human resources and not to mention a practicing lawyer. Furthermore, when scheduling conflicts arose or she had an overflow of work, she had to miss out on family functions and work tirelessly day and night to get everything done. Marie simply didn’t have the luxury of a firm full of associates at her disposal to help lighten the load or ensure that matters didn’t slip through the cracks. 

Questions to Consider Before Hiring an Employee

Questions to Consider Before Hiring an Employee

Congratulations! You are no longer twiddling your thumbs, (not-so) patiently waiting for the phone to ring from potential clients and have successfully built up your practice to the point where you may actually need to hire some additional help. Many solo and small firm attorneys never get to this point, so please take a moment to pat yourself on the back for this accomplishment.