Career Management Tips for Legal Executives
by Dan Resendes, Chief Consulting Officer at The Barrett Group
Legal executives who want to change their careers should consider the following tips from The Barrett Group Legal’s career management professionals to prevent some of the most common mistakes:
- First of all, if you want to get out of litigation, do not focus on litigation as your main competency, billable hours and case work in your value proposition. In contrast, highlight your marketing or business development skill sets and how you run operations of your own law firm. Also, include your community outreach and all of the charities. Finally, list the relationships you built with municipalities and government representatives.
- When transitioning from a private practice or law firm employer to a corporate in-house or legal services employment, include your competencies in collaboration, leadership, interdepartmental and cross functional communication. Furthermore, list best practices and protocol authoring/compliance. And lastly, convey your work in customer, community and vendor/3rd party acquisition, outreach, and relationship nurturing.
- Similarly, focus on corporate or company challenges versus cases won and case law.
- Highlight operational expertise, accounting and financial wellness, marketing and business development efforts, pro bono, community or charity work.
- Include metrics and quantifiable results – while employing workarounds in content authoring if concerned about confidentiality.
- Get used to working with Word documents versus PDFs for your hiring process.
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Most legal executives do not know the full extent of their career options. Fortunately, at The Barrett Group Legal, we know the full spectrum of opportunities available to you. We offer comprehensive career management that will allow you to take control of your future and create options to make your career financially and personally rewarding.
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