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Not loving associate life at my firm. Recruiters say that the clock is ticking on exiting, but we have variable comp and I've worked a ton this year- I'd like to stick it out until bonus season

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Honestly any firm that is trying to snatch you before bonus season should be offering you additional compensation for the foregone opportunity cost.

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The whole "clock is ticking" thing is just a recruitment ploy. Try to secure your bonus but be ready to move when you get the right opportunity.

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Forget recruiters. Let me know if you want to come to Gibson Dunn. I will give you $5k from my recruiting bonus and set you up with interviews. Also don’t leave until you get you bonus at your current firm.

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Thanks! I might take you up on that :)

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What are your goals? Do you have a 1/3/5/10 year plan? Is this in line with that or are you letting the glittery recruiter-speak distract you and make you unhappy?

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It's tough to answer because there are days I enjoy and can imagine staying partner track but then again I guess I question where do I actually want to be in 10 years. The recruiter speak is having an effect which to your point I shouldn't let distract me.

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See if a new opportunity will offer a signing bonus to account for the bonus you’ll be leaving at your current firm. Many will.

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Interviewing now is fine, and maybe a good idea. I think firms will either buy out your bonus or have no problem offering you the job now, but waiting for you to start until the new year.

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Exactly. I actually have had a firm buy out my bonus.

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