Joshua Stein is the sole principal of Joshua Stein PLLC, a prominent commercial real estate law practice in Manhattan. For more information on the author, visit www.joshuastein.com.
Desiree Moore is the President and founder of Greenhorn Legal, LLC. Greenhorn Legal offers intensive practical skills training programs for law students and new lawyers as they transition from law school into their legal practices. Ms. Moore is the author of the new book, Thrive – A New Lawyer’s Guide to Law Firm Practice (American Bar Association, 2012). Get your copy here! Have questions or just want to chat? You can contact Ms. Moore at: email@example.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter at @greenhornlegal.
What’s your recruiting style?
Making a move to another employer can be an anxiety-filled event so I like to team up with the candidates I work with and become fully involved and invested in each step of the process; as if it were me making the change. I meet with candidates to ascertain their unique experience and follow up with ideas to assist them in achieving their long-term professional goals. My hope is that this process leads to the candidate making decisions that is best-suited for them. On the employer side, I attend meetings with the hiring managers and/or partners to fill a dual purpose: to stay abreast of the changing employment needs of the firm, company or organization and to get to know a particular employer’s distinct culture and environment.
Tip for Job Seekers:
From former candidates:
You took more time meeting with me, expended more effort placing me, and worked harder to make sure I was happy than I ever could have expected. You went farther than “the extra mile.” You earned my trust at our first meeting, and you earned my undying gratitude with your work from that date through my placement. You did not push me into anything; instead, you listened. You asked questions. You made sure I was happy with the “right fit” rather than just “any fit.” I felt, at all times, as though I was your only client, though I know you are very busy. I expect we will be in touch for years-not because I expect to be in the market for a new job, but because you have become a good friend throughout this process.
Associate, Government Contracts
I have known Dan for several years. He is a true professional. Dan puts the candidate’s interest, and the law firm’s, ahead of his own. He is available 24/7 and provides a common sense approach to advising candidates and law firms on how to best accomplish their professional objectives. Dan is simply one of the best law firm advisers in town.
Managing Partner, Washington, DC Office of International Firm
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A. William Urquhart; Hiring Partner, currently with Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP
Job Seekers: The most important question you need to be able to answer in an interview is the question “Tell me about yourself”. The way you answer this question is you start off at the beginning of your professional life (law school, most likely), and you talk through your resume, explaining your education, experience and any jumps between employers. End with why you’re sitting in that chair interviewing with that specific employer. While there may be very many interesting and compelling personal things about you, those should not be covered in the answer to that question – save them for the “hobbies and interests” section of your resume.
Raj draws you in with a big smile and a personality to match. He is more widely connected within law firm recruitment than anyone I know and I know a lot of those people.
Bruce MacEwen, President; currently with Adam Smith, Esq.
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* From Big Government to Biglaw: Our congratulations go out to Benjamin Horwich, most recently of the Office of the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as he joins Munger Tolles & Olson as counsel. Nice work. [Munger Tolles & Olson]
* The number of law school applicants took a nose dive for the fourth year in a row, this time by 8 percent, summarily crushing the hopes and dreams of law deans praying for a change of their otherwise most dismal fortunes. [National Law Journal]
* Considering the latest slump in applicants, whether a law school evaluates your average LSAT score or highest LSAT score matters little. Admissions officers will jump for joy that you have a pulse. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]
* “You don’t have to convict on every count to have a win.” Azamat Tazhayakov, friend of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted of obstruction and conspiracy to obstruct justice. [Bloomberg]
* Per documents filed by a lawyer appointed to represent Philip Seymour Hoffman’s children, the actor didn’t set aside money for them because he didn’t want them to become “trust fund kids.” [New York Post]
The New York City office of Epstein Becker & Green seeks an attorney to work at the level of a fourth to sixth year associate to join its national employer-side labor and employment practice. Knowledge of the full range of federal and state employment statutes, prior litigation experience, and experience and knowledge with matters involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, wage & hour and employment contract cases is needed.