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2nd year associate here. Has anyone made a jump from a boutique firm to big law? I found out that I’m a front runner for a gig with an Amlaw 100. I never thought I’d have this chance having graduated from an unranked law school and still being so junior. Even though the firm asked if I’d be willing to start as a 1st year given my lack of litigation experience, it’s still a monumental upgrade/ jump. I’m nervous about the culture shock and whether I’ll cut it. Could really use some advice!

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Is the lateral hiring market started to cool down?

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Does anyone have a dashboard or excel template for turnover/attrition where data can be easily “dumped” in for a beautiful display? TIA!

When drafting an MSJ is it better to address the ways that OC might overcome it; or is it better to just generally say why you’re entitled to MSJ and avoid tackling the finer issues that your MSJ presents?

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Good morning, I work for Solugenix placing top notch candidates at companies throughout the US. I just started at Solugenix so anyone who needs any assistance either finding a job or looking for candidates please let me know. Thanks and have a great day.

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I’m a 2016 grad making $120k in a small to mid-size regional firm. I’m based in Nashville. My firm’s management is trying to survey other small to mid-size regional firms to get a feel for where the comp is now, especially in light of the big law increases that are making headlines, and to see just how far below market we may have fallen. Any additional data points from smaller regional firms (especially if you have a presence in Nashville or across the SE) would be appreciated! TIA

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I’m the only associate in my dept (niche transactional practice group, 4th yr). It’s so hard for me to gauge my progress when my only points of comparison are equity partners. I’ve been feeling like such a failure recently. I feel like I should be getting fewer comments on the documents I draft. I feel like I should have fewer questions. I feel like I’m always making mistakes...but I have no way to tell if I’m behind or not. Any recommendations (other than asking my partners, obviously)?

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Does this get better or do we just hate our lives (and not have lives) until we leave the legal field altogether? Wondering if academia is better…

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I graduated with my bachelor's in HRM and I'm wondering if there are any certifications or trainings I could do before I lock down on the SHRM-CP. I recently became HIPAA certified for my company and that got me thinking about what else I could do to add to my resume. Looking for good stepping stone certificates.

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If you're interviewing at a firm that markets itself to laterals as a biglaw refuge with low billable requirements and quality of life is it okay to say in an interview that those are one of the reasons you're considering the firm?

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Solo who started pre-pandemic and as a result never transitioned into a traditional office setting. I enjoy work from home and it keeps overhead obviously low. I can afford to move into an office now (and planned to do so last spring before the shutdown). I find myself hesitating to make the leap. I’ve found most clients prefer zoom consultations or house calls. I practice in PI and cannabis. Curious to hear others’ thoughts on the necessity of a brick and mortar post pandemic. Thanks.

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What’s the most petty thing you’ve seen a firm do to an attorney who is lateraling out? Mine just revoked my renewal paperwork and payment for 2021-22 bar dues, even though they’ve already submitted it I’ll still be an employee when they’re due (7/1). Money’s not the issue. They can dock the $400 from my final check for all I care. The administrative hassle is the petty part, and it’s so inconsequential that it genuinely made me chuckle. I don’t even blame them. Kinda respect the hustle tbh.

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So other than money (which is obviously very important) what’s the incentive to make partner? Is it crazy that I just want to do my work and go home to my amazing family without the added pressure of running a business and managing others? I’m only a third year (in a new practice area) so maybe the thought of being competent enough to ever be a partner just seems unrealistic. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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When a law firm is looking for a 33/34 act attorney does it need an one working primarily with public companies? Or private companies as well? I’m a corporate and securities attorney, all my clients are private EGC and PE/ VC/ hedge funds, I usually ensure that they are exempted from 33/34 acts

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Any mid-sized firms pay Cravath/Millbank in the SF/Silicon Valley area?

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What are average billable hours for L&E attorneys? TIA!

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Hi all! We’re doing quite a bit of hiring on our HR team at LEK Consulting - in particular Manager positions in LA and Boston and a specialist role in NYC. If anyone is interested, or knows someone that could be a good fit, feel free to dm me!

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Need to define diverse talent metrics to create a scorecard. Challenge is that the available data is based on opting in/out of self identification, that data point can change dramatically YOY. Any recommendations on metrics and scorecard?

What training or guidance are you giving managers at your firms about managing hybrid teams? There is a lot out there on remote teams, but a lot of us are going back three days a week which means people at home and people in the room. Any tips to pass on?

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Are you folks happy with your decision to make a career in sales? I’m young working in tech sales, but also have my bachelors in psychology, and could see my self happily going for my masters maybe even PHD and being a counselor.

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Folks that are filling H1b extension / transfer applications to California center under premium processing - how much days are you hearing initial responses in? I know USCIS has to adjudicate the case in 15 days, but looking to see if the actual responses are sooner than that by any chance? Need something positive to power through this week :)

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Anybody opted into the Uber visa local offers? Is it worth signing up?

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Anyone here a member of Revenue Collective? Is it worth it? What kind of value have you gotten out of it if so? Thanks!

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How do you plan your vacations? On your own or with a travel company? Planning on my own seems to be the most time consuming thing ever, and it's not at all fun.

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Considering move from B4 to ACN, with sales experience and managing team of 10+ team under belt. Expect M Or SM at ACN?

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Tips for getting on a flight standby without paying a fee? Don’t have the status yet with this airline and trying to get home 4 hours sooner 🙏🏻

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I have support from a female VP to work on a project and she respects my opinion. However, her team is extremely cliquey and bringing in less qualified people to try to shut me out. How to handle?

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Tech implementation folks, what is your utilization target (hrs/week)? How many hours do you actually work per week (incl. admin/non-billable work)?

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advise please - When applying for a role online, do you guys provide all the info around Gender, Race etc.? What if someone does not?

Is it possible to lose an offer during salary negotiations?

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What are the best agencies to intern at? Who usually hires? What places will provide you with real work?

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How much do bizops associates at tech companies (ideally in Bay Area) make? Trying to figure out what a good comp to ask for is since the company is asking me. Thanks!

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Help - have a really great exit opportunity (good team, exciting role, etc.), but got weird vibes from the hiring manager during the interview process. He seemed somewhat condescending and just overall not very nice. It’s a small ~20 person start up and he’d be my direct manager so I’d be working with him closely. Reason to not take the job?

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Video phone interviews: can I take notes on answers to the questions I ask? I’ve just been doing phone interviews so super easy to take notes but havent done a “F2F” in a while so I forgot protocol

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Is Medicare for all a good idea? Does the USA have a viable path to universal coverage? What major changes are needed to change the fact that we spend the largest share of our GDP on healthcare whil

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How have people paid for engagement rings - pulling $ from market, hoarding cash, credit card, loan…?

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Lol escort as date for holiday party 🎉

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Monthly Income: do you guys use the take home (minus taxes, 401K, HSA) per pay period * 26 / 12 to determine monthly (non bonus) income for budgeting purposes? Or you just do pay periods and treat the ones with three separately?

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