Posts Categorized: Career Advice

Managing a Successful Business Remotely for 26 Years

Since my first outside hire in 1995, Assigned Counsel® has functioned almost exclusively as a remote, work-from-home office. In our 25 years of business, we have experienced myriad changes in the way remote work is conducted and is understood. In Assigned Counsel’s early days, our first contact management software, ACT, would crash constantly because it… Read More »

Top Three Tips for Finding the Right Fit

When filling a temporary lawyer position, it’s important to understand exactly the kind of candidate the client is seeking. Given the breadth and depth of our attorney database, we use tried and true methods to narrow our searches and find candidates who will be the right fit for our clients. Practice Area Focus Most businesses… Read More »

Job Hunt Series: 3 Keys to Interview Success

You’ve crafted the perfect resume and cover letter, so now it’s time to secure the last and most important piece of the job hunt puzzle: the interview. Your qualifications and proven track record are what got you to this point, but your personality is what will get your foot in the door. People like to… Read More »

Job Hunt Series: Top 4 Cover Letter Tips

While your resume and professional experience may impress a potential employer, your cover letter is a way for you to set yourself apart from the competition with a strong sample of your written work. A cover letter should ideally be a one-page document that highlights who you are, what you’re looking for and what drew… Read More »

Job Hunt Series: Top 4 Resume Tips

The legal industry is deluged with qualified job candidates, so learning how to differentiate yourself from the rest of the pack is crucial. Here is Assigned Counsel’s list of the top four tips to keep in mind when updating your resume. Write a strong executive summary statement. Our recruiting attorneys place a heavy emphasis on… Read More »

Corporate Lawyer Salaries in Chicago: Where Do You Stand?

As one of the largest and busiest cities in the United States, Chicago is home to many major businesses.  The legal departments of these corporations are often located in the Chicago area, making a career in corporate law a realistic option for Chicago-area attorneys with the experience and skills these companies look for. Corporate Lawyer… Read More »

Why Career Fulfillment Matters for Attorneys

Some attorneys enter the practice of law out of a passion to change the current rules or to make a difference in the lives of those struggling with legal problems.  Others seek an intellectual challenge, job security, or a potential springboard to politics or other careers. Whatever your reason for joining the ranks of the… Read More »

Promoting Your Personal Brand as an Attorney

Law firms and legal departments no longer take over the careers of their rising attorneys in the ways they once did.  This frees young attorneys to develop their own careers and promote their own personal “brands” in more innovative and true-to-life ways – but it also puts the responsibility for doing so squarely in each… Read More »

Networking Mistakes Attorneys Can’t Afford to Make

Attorneys rely on a number of professional skills – and one of them is making valuable contacts.  From obtaining a second opinion on a sticky legal issue to calling in expert witnesses, attorneys rely on their networks, whether they’re currently working in their dream position or are still searching for the right professional fit. Consequently,… Read More »