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Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

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.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

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.

Julie Q. Brush, Solutus Legal Search .

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.

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

Avoiding Common Law Firm Cybersecurity Pitfalls

By Randy Evans and Shari Klevens |

Cybersecurity often causes trepidation among attorneys simply because attorneys lack understanding of the nature of online risks and how to protect themselves.