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An Interview How-To for Introverts

By Julie Brush |

I’m an introvert and have been rejected in interviews for not showing enough enthusiasm. How do I overcome this if I can’t change my personality?

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Should You Send a Thank You Note After an Interview?

By Julie Brush |

A simple question. And a simple answer: Absolutely. Positively. Always.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

How to Be the Best Candidate When Angling for a Career Move

By Julie Q. Brush |

Being a good candidate is something a lawyer has complete control over.

Denton partners Randy Evans and Shari Klevens

Tips for Hiring Contract Attorneys

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

As a result of the changing market for legal services, law firms are not always looking for the same type of candidate when hiring new attorneys as in the past. Because demand from clients can be uneven, particularly for litigation matters, some firms may be reluctant to commit to full-time attorneys in fear that the work won't be there permanently to justify the cost.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Making the Transition From Litigator to Transactional Lawyer

By Julie Q. Brush |

It isn't easy for a pure litigator to sell him/herself as a commercial transaction lawyer. So if you are applying for a role that seeks transaction experience, there will be some hurdles. It can be a bit easier if the commercial aspect of the role includes a few litigation components to it, but most of these types of positions do not. So as you strive to take this right turn in your career, follow the advice below to sell yourself more effectively for the job you desire.

Denton partners Randy Evans and Shari Klevens

Successfully Navigating Lateral Hiring

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Lateral hiring is a necessary part of the changing legal landscape, and it can yield mutually beneficial results for both attorney and law firm. For the attorney, a lateral move can improve advancement possibilities, while also potentially providing a greater platform for clients, different work-life balance and better compensation. For the law firm, lateral additions can increase revenue, expand or deepen the bench in certain practice areas and achieve growth objectives.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

What to Do When Life's Not Fair: Professional Edition

By Julie Q. Brush |

Not everything in life is going to go our way. And we will undoubtedly encounter professional situations where we feel a result is outrageously wrong. But what we can do is place ourselves in a position to minimize those situations and create new ones where the next time we can prevail based on virtue and merit.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Issues to Consider When Asking a Partner to Leave

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

As law firms grapple with new economic realities, it is becoming more common for firms to ask individual or groups of partners to leave in an effort to shore up the firm's finances. Not only can this decision be extremely difficult considering the firm's personal relationships with those partners, it can also involve ethical and financial risks for the firm and for the departing partner.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Issues for Associates to Consider When Changing Firms

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

In today's legal environment, it has become extremely unlikely that an attorney will stay at a single law firm throughout her entire career. Instead, attorneys now frequently change firms in search of better opportunities or better fits. This is especially true for associates, who may change firms multiple times early in their career before they find the right home.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

How to Reject a Job Offer Like a Pro

By Julie Brush |

For those of you interested in taking your professional game to the next level, follow this nine-point roadmap for saying sayonara with style.

Left to right: Randy Evans and Shari Klevens, Dentons partners

Accurately Completing a Legal Malpractice Insurance Application

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |
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What to Do About an Embarrassing Blip on Your Salary History

By Julie Brush |

Your transition to a lower paying full-time position with health benefits to cover your important surgery was the right decision. Why? Because if you don't have your health, you don't have nothin'. So getting this health issue resolved was important—and the benefit you received from your current employer was material. But it sounds like there were some other financial and career trade-offs with your decision—particularly with regard to your salary.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Job Hopping to Pay Off Loans Not Necessarily Bad for Your Career

By Julie Brush |

You're in a tough spot. Given that you were unable to secure a permanent position out of law school, you've had to make some hard choices in order to honor your law school loan obligations. I commend you for "making it work" in this legal market. That's not easy. But lemonade can be made from these lemons if you are strategic. If you are not, I'm afraid your career will be like a buoy in the ocean: aimless and nowhere to go.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Can a Lame Job Stint Compromise an Entire Career?

By Julie Brush |

Sometimes we have to do things we don't want or like in order to achieve a greater goal. And "making ends meet" is a hefty requirement that seems to sit a little heavier on the shoulders of the unemployed professional. The fact that you joined a bad personal injury firm to pay your bills is not the end of the world, nor is it the end of your career. It can be a blip on the screen if you handle it properly.

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Quick Departure Isn't Ideal, But It's Also Not a Career Death Sentence

By Julie Q. Brush |

Newly minted law firm associates are a bit like babes in the wood as they enter the big, vast world of all that is legal. So an associate's first job is instrumental in shaping his work product, legal approach, attitude, professional relationships and overall experience in the profession. For some, this experience is positive: intellectually stimulating, fun and filled with great colleagues and high quality mentors. For others, it's simply miserable. The misery can creep in slowly or hit a professional like a ton of bricks, but either way, it's not a healthy or sustainable situation.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

No Reason to Wait on Job Search

By Julie Q. Brush |

There's no need to panic. In fact, that is just about the worst thing you could do right now. Instead, stay calm and focus on your next move. While you might be feeling anxious knowing that your job is being eliminated, there are a few silver linings in your situation.

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Addressing Large Employment Gaps on Your Resume

By Julie Brush |

Taking time off or choosing an alternative role is no longer a career death wish.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

Are Lawyers With Foreign Law Degrees at a Disadvantage in the U.S. Market?

By Julie Brush |

U.S. trained lawyers still dominate the legal landscape and competition is fierce. But the environment is now a bit kinder for diverse profiles.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

How Do I Raise Work-Life Balance Without Coming Off as a Slacker?

By Julie Brush |

When interviewing for a job, the topic of work-life balance is not one that is easy to raise. And if done poorly, it can sabotage a candidacy as well as a reputation.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

When to Ask More from a Potential Employer-and When Not

The road to the offer stage in an interview process is usually a long and winding one with a few bumps along the way.