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Give Yourself the Most Options

by A. Harrison Barnes on November 7, 2013

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu said: “To be able to transform with the enemy is what is meant by ‘spiritlike‘.”

What Sun Tzu meant is that groups who win in war have no fixed form; instead, they manifest themselves in whatever way required to attain victory. They take shape in response to what obstacles they are presented with.

One of the exciting things about being an attorney is that your skills are transferable. For example, a litigator can become a construction defect attorney, a corporate attorney can practice law in Cleveland or Dubai and an intellectual property attorney can move from Texas to Pittsburgh. The fact is there are options everywhere if you know how to look and you know how to search.

One of the best uses of your talents is to expand your options and take advantage of opportunities outside your current geographic area. In the legal field, you have opportunities available to you in other cities and other markets and even other practice areas. The sky is the limit for what you can achieve.

When the economy changes, you need to be ready and willing to adapt. You need to “transform” in response to the obstacles ahead. This is what the best job seekers do. Follow their lead.


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Your Job Search

by scott on August 16, 2013

The old clichAi??, ai???timing is everythingai??i?? is a phrase which relates to many of lifeai??i??s situations.In an attorneyai??i??s job search, this statement cannot be overemphasized enough.Often times, I hear many misconceptions such as firms do not usually hire around this time of the year or the economy is just in too bad of shape.This is a big mistake.First and foremost, a successful job search requires that you be pro-active each and every day until you have found that ideal position.Those weeks and months you are unemployed, you are potentially losing thousands of dollars in income and this, of course, can be a strain on you and your family.

Within the infrastructure of a firm or corporation, positions are often created to fill the overwhelming amount of work that filters into the legal department.This is why it is imperative to expand your job search in each and every avenue possible.Reaching out to the largest pool of potential employers will allow you to realize all of the opportunities that do exist in the present market.There is no undesirable time to send a resume and remember timing is everything!