Column: Midwest Report – Patent Lawyers in General Practice Firms


Column: Midwest Report Patent Lawyers in General Practice Firms By Dan Scott I’ll preface this article by stating that I’m a headhunter who is the son of a patent attorney who had been in management in both boutique and general practice firms before he retired. Over the 25 years I’ve worked with a lot of […]

Read More

3 Effective Ways to Create a Winning Employer Brand


When it comes to attracting skilled workers, branding can serve as an effective recruitment method. In fact, according to polling from Glassdoor, job candidates are 40 percent more likely to apply for a job when they recognize a brand. However, to build a truly winning brand — the kind that candidates don’t just notice but […]

Read More

What’s the Right Path for You?

Recruiters Among the First to See Effects of Sexual Misconduct on Lawyers’ Careers


From gossip about workplace culture to stories about individual law firm partners, tales of inappropriate conduct regularly reach the ears of professional legal recruiters. By Lizzy McLellan | June 01, 2018  In the legal industry’s whisper network—where allegations of sexual misconduct are quietly spread, but rarely amplified—the whispers often land in the ears of legal recruiters. Several legal recruiters who spoke […]

Read More

How to Create a Winning Personal Brand


With the unemployment rate below 4 percent for the first time in nearly two decades and joblessness among managerial-related professionals below 2 percent, it’s safe to say the current job market is candidate-driven. Given the pace at which companies are hiring — more than 750,000 new jobs so far this year — there’s reason for […]

Read More

How Your Social Media Presence Can Impact Your Candidacy


Before the rise of social networks like Facebook and Instagram, job seekers did not have a digital footprint to consider when applying for a job. Today, 73 percent of Americans use more than one of the eight major social media platforms, according to recent data from the Pew Research Center. The average user in the U.S. […]

Read More

See Your Career: Map Your High-Impact Career


Now that you’ve put in the legwork to establish a brand that shows you are a thought leader and an Impact Player, it’s time to put your plan into action. Whether you’re hoping to earn an upper-management role or have your sights set on the C-Suite, here are some smart steps to take toward your […]

Read More

How Important Is Social Media in the Hiring Process?


Remember when screening a candidate past the interview stage was limited to references and a credit, background or drug test? The growth of social media has introduced another dimension to the hiring process – that while on the surface appears positive, can present challenges in gaining a clear picture of a candidate – both socially […]

Read More

Employment Summary for April 2018


Nonfarm payrolls in the U.S. added 164,000 jobs in April 2018, according to the latest release of the Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While below expectations of just over 192,000 new jobs, this expansion of the labor force exceeded the previous month’s figures, even when accounting for upward revisions bringing the […]

Read More

How Company Benefits Can Motivate & Engage You

Column: The Midwest Report- Leveraging/Expanding Practices in a Post-Recession Market


Column: The Midwest Report Leveraging/Expanding Practices in a Post-Recession Market By Dan Scott How will large-firm transactional partners leverage and expand their practices after such a long recession? Finding the people they need could be a real conundrum (but, I’m in the business of finding people that help law firms solve their problems, so read […]

Read More

Career Pathing: A Road to Retention


Recruiting and retaining a talented workforce is an ongoing struggle for many employers today, especially as younger individuals enter the workforce. Companies recognize that turnover is extremely expensive when lost productivity and replacement costs are taken into account. According to the Society for Human Resources Management, it costs on average six to nine months’ salary […]

Read More

Re: SEARCH – Spring 2018

Look! Out on the Highway – It’s a Truck, It’s a Truck… No, It’s a Truck!


Look! Out on the Highway — It’s a Truck, It’s a Truck …No, It’s a Truck! Well, it’s not always a truck. It might be a sport utility vehicle (SUV) or one of the many “crossover” products gaining popularity. Based upon reports from automakers, especially the domestic three, their future product plans will continue the […]

Read More

You’re Fired! Some Thoughts on a (Typically) Sensitive Issue


The thought of having to terminate an employee can cause anguish for even the most experienced manager, regardless of the reason for the action. It becomes less stressful – and more clearly defined when the grounds for dismissal are unmistakable.  An example might be willful destruction of company property, embezzlement, assault and battery or some […]

Read More

Staying Motivated During Times of Change

Column: The Midwest Report Midsize Migration: How the Recession Pushed Big Fish to Seek Bigger Ponds


Column: The Midwest Report Midsize Migration: How the Recession Pushed Big Fish to Seek Bigger Ponds by Dan Scott This is the third recession I’ve survived as an attorney headhunter. Because this one lasted longer than the previous two, it has created some unique dynamics in law firm economics and strategic growth plans. And yes, […]

Read More

Employment Summary for February 2018


The rate of job growth in the U.S. has been robust over the past several months as 2017 transitioned into 2018. Yet the expansion seen during February 2018 defeated expectations by a considerable margin. According to the latest edition of the Employment Situation Summary from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nonfarm businesses in America’s private […]

Read More

How to Stay Motivated During Times of Change and Uncertainty


Organizational and business strategy changes are an integral part of the working world. Revising workflows, modifying strategies and hiring new talent are all necessary adjustments that are parts of the ebb and flow of any successful company. Ultimately, change is the means by which organizations keep up with advancements in technology, variations in the job […]

Read More

The Benefit of Unrehearsed Answers & How to Get Them in an Interview


By the time a candidate is brought in for an interview, initial screening through a resume and frequently a phone interview, have already warranted them a good match for your company – on paper that is. The objective of bringing the applicant into the office for an interview, is to get a clearer picture of […]

Read More

Employment Summary for January 2018


With the first month of a new year in the books, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released its first Employment Situation Summary of 2018, and found that the pattern of fairly robust job growth and low unemployment seen in the booming economy of last year continued. Nonfarm payroll businesses across all sectors added 200,000 jobs […]

Read More

Employment Trends to Watch and Embrace in 2018


To stay competitive in today’s ever-changing business environment, C-level executives agree that finding and retaining the right talent is essential. But how to do that effectively remains a challenge. According to a joint research study by Dow Jones and the HR Certification Institute, the area of talent strategy and engagement is a top concern. Surveyed […]

Read More

Employment Summary for December 2017


For much of 2017, the expansion of job growth throughout the U.S. trended steadily upward. There were only a few notable instances of slowdown, such as the hurricanes that hit Florida, southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast area in late summer. Per the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the year ended […]

Read More

Re: SEARCH – Winter 2018

Employment Summary for November 2017


U.S. employment gains exceeded expectations in November, with the country adding 228,000 total nonfarm positions. Bloomberg economists had predicted job gains of 195,000. The unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent in November, with 6.6 million people unemployed. Over the year, the jobless rate has decreased by 0.5 percentage point. “These are really strong numbers, which […]

Read More

Have You Modernized Your Employee Review Practices?


Traditional business practices are being shaken up. Many companies are reviewing their long-held traditions in favor of more agile, responsive ways of managing workers. Some of these changes include providing employees with flexibility to work from home more often, and leveraging technology like Skype for Business or Yammer to better communicate and share information among […]

Read More

Finding Right-Fit Candidates through Social Media


It’s no secret that employers research job candidates’ social media profiles to help them make hiring decisions. In fact, social media presence has become vitally important in the hiring process. According to the MRINetwork 2017 Recruiter Sentiment Study, over 80 percent of employers and 90 percent of recruiters review social media profiles sometimes or all […]

Read More

Employment Summary for October 2017


The U.S. added 261,000 jobs in October, with many of the new positions replacing those lost due to Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. While Bloomberg economists estimated the country would gain 313,000 jobs last month, they anticipate that October’s numbers will mark a return to steady hiring increases over the next several months. The unemployment rate […]

Read More

Is the Midwest the next tech hub?


The Midwest is not known for being a tech hub. Not yet, anyway. While retail, finance, automotive and farming have deep roots in the Midwestern region, technology jobs are often associated with certain areas like Silicon Valley, New York City, Boston, Seattle and Austin. But companies are starting to look toward the Heartland, according to TechRepublic. “It’s true […]

Read More

Employment Summary for September 2017


U.S. nonfarm businesses lost 33,000 positions in September, according to the monthly employment report released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the past year, the country has added an average of 172,000 jobs per month. This is the first time payrolls have registered a decline since 2010. The BLS attributed much of the […]

Read More

Preparedness for Impending Boomer Retirements


Nine years ago, the first of 78 million Baby Boomers turned 60, and 2008 was supposed to see a huge number of retirements. When the first Baby Boomers began to draw benefits, the Social Security Administration dubbed it as the start of “America’s silver tsunami,” but then the economy faltered, housing values plummeted, retirement portfolios […]

Read More

RE: Search – Electric Vehicles: The Long Term Solution?

Employment Summary for August 2017


The August Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a slowdown from 209,000 jobs added during July, to 156,000 nonfarm payroll positions created. According to The Washington Post, August’s number notably undercut federal economists’ expectation that about 200,000 jobs would be added to employers’ payrolls. However, some private-sector analysts, like Indeed.com […]

Read More

Employer attitudes on traditional degrees vs. online degrees


The working world has changed: No longer must job candidates have traditional four-year degrees to be considered for professional positions. Not only has online education become more popular, it has also become more sophisticated, with virtual learning experts developing immersive, dynamic online courses that are as valuable and informative as their on-campus counterparts. This shift […]

Read More

Employment Summary for July 2017


The July Employment Situation Report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed a 0.1 percent decline in the U.S.’s unemployment rate – to 4.3 percent – and a gain of 209,000 jobs in total nonfarm payroll employment. According to Markets Insider, projections for the unemployment rate’s small decline were spot-on, while economists’ estimate of jobs […]

Read More

Working From Home – How Important Is It?


Recently, some large companies have curtailed the ability of their employees to work from home, now asking staff to work in corporate offices. These changes are focused on driving increased collaboration, creativity, mentoring and innovation, but may alienate top talent in the executive, managerial and professional labor market – a sector that has been candidate-driven […]

Read More

The Recruiter’s View: Top Hiring Insights of 2017


According to a June New York Times article, “We may be closer to full employment than it seemed.” Based on the May jobs report, the source asserts the possibility that this is as good as it will get for the United States labor market. Why? Slowed job growth with 121,000 new positions as the three-month […]

Read More

Re: SEARCH – Thirty Years: A Reflection on the Past as We Move Ahead

Employment Summary for June 2017


The June Employment Situation released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. economy added 222,000 jobs. This far exceeded analysts’ expectations of just over 170,000 jobs. The current unemployment rate is 4.4 percent. Healthcare added 37,000 jobs, with 25,000 of these roles increasing in ambulatory healthcare services, and 12,000 in hospitals. Despite […]

Read More

Employment Summary for May 2017


The U.S. added 138,000 jobs in May as the unemployment rate edged down from 4.4 percent in April to settle at 4.3 percent, according to data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The rate is currently at its lowest level in 16 years, Bloomberg noted. However, the number of jobs gained fell short of […]

Read More

Retain Your Clients by Retaining Your Employees


Suppose you have a client who deals with a specific representative within your organization on a regular basis. Then that client starts to see multiple employees being funneled through that position. Every time the client contacts you, they’re dealing with a new person. What does this say to your client about your company? Countless negative […]

Read More

How to Avoid Making Costly Hiring Mistakes


In today’s highly competitive job market, businesses can’t afford to take a lackluster approach to recruitment and hiring. Not only can a bad hire lead to costly turnover, but it can also negatively impact the organizational performance of a business and, therefore, its bottom line. According to the Society for Human Resources Management, the cost […]

Read More

Revamp Your Playbook to Attract Top Talent in a Tight Candidate Market


Late 2015 was the most difficult hiring period in four years, according to the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and things have only become harder for businesses both large and small, especially in the realm of professional and managerial positions. With the BLS reporting an unemployment rate down to 2.1 percent for this segment […]

Read More

Employment Summary for April 2017


The U.S. job market bounced back in April, adding 211,000 nonfarm payroll jobs during the month, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The gains exceeded Bloomberg economists’ prediction of 190,000 jobs added, and followed a weaker-than-expected March that saw 79,000 jobs added, revised down from the previously reported 98,000 […]

Read More

Employment Summary for March 2017


Figures released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the U.S. added 98,000 nonfarm payroll positions in March. Economists had forecast that 180,000 jobs would be added during the month, according to The New York Times. The BLS also revised the total number of jobs added in February from 235,000 to 219,000. The […]

Read More

Getting the most out of your interview process


Many candidates can interview well – but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re the right person for the job. There are ways that you can improve your company’s interview process to get a better sense of whether or not a candidate will be the right fit. At the same time, you can use the interview process […]

Read More

Employment Summary for February 2017


Just two months into 2017, employment data is ushering in business confidence and surpassing expectations for steady job growth. In February, employment in nonfarm payroll grew by 235,000 – with the largest increases seen in construction, private educational services, mining, healthcare and manufacturing, according to the Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor […]

Read More

Aligning Performance Management with Career Pathing


Often employees leave their jobs because there is no clear path for them to advance, or they are not sure how to rise to the position they desire. Career pathing is a great way to increase employee retention and grow talent organically, because it provides both employees and employers with a clear roadmap, outlining what […]

Read More

Employment Summary for January 2017


Starting the first month of the year off strong and marking the last set of employment data representing the previous administration, the U.S. labor market added 70,000 more jobs in January than in December 2016, according to the Employment Situation Summary released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth surpasses expectations Though a steady […]

Read More

Millennial Insights for the 2020 Labor Market


As we move towards the 2020 workforce, companies face an interesting demographic dynamic in terms of talent acquisition – a workforce comprised of Millennials, Gen Xers, Baby Boomers and Traditionalists. While each of these groups has their own generational differences, the most notable are the expectations and approaches to work from Millennials, who are projected […]

Read More

Employment Summary for December 2016


The U.S. closed out 2016 with a solid jobs report that included record-high wage growth. The country added 156,000 jobs in December, down from 204,000 in November, according to data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS revised the November gains from the previously reported figure of 178,000. Bloomberg economists had […]

Read More

Six Top Workforce Trends for 2017


Successful businesses adapt to new market demands, the changing workforce and ever-evolving technology. They have to – companies that don’t adapt fail. Understanding the trends that are driving change, creating talent challenges, and offering potential solutions can help pave the way to adaptability and success. Many of the workplace trends prevalent in 2016, such as […]

Read More

Not Receiving Enough Quality Applicants? It’s Likely Your Employer Brand.


Your company is hiring, which means you’ve likely done the groundwork and communicated the job opening externally. So why aren’t there more A-player candidates knocking on your door? A recent LinkedIn survey of 26,000 professionals found that the main reason people don’t apply to a job is because they don’t have enough background about the […]

Read More

Succession Planning: Identifying and Nurturing Talent


What if your top executives are recruited away to another firm? What if your CEO becomes ill? Do you have the next generation of leaders ready to fill those roles? If not, you may end up with an empty C- suite –  or worse, underqualified people moving into leadership roles because there is no one […]

Read More

Workforce Planning: Does your company have the bench strength to sustain top performance?


In sports, a team’s success is linked to its bench strength – the players on the bench who can seamlessly jump in and replace a player who is pulled due to injury or some other reason. Professional football teams don’t go into games with only one quarterback and baseball teams have players on the bench […]

Read More
]