WHY HAVE AN ANNUAL REVIEW?
An annual review allows you the chance to assess the last 12 months and prepare for the challenges ahead. The Thomson Legal Annual Review will ensure that you progress your career internally and allow you to question your short-term and long-term professional goals:
- Should you stay in your current position?
- Is it time to move in-house?
- Would I benefit from working in London or Overseas?
The high expectations and long-hours culture of modern day lawyers would suggest that we now ‘work to live’. The reality is that many lawyers in the legal sector are no longing fulfilling their potential or are quite simply, not in the role they want to be in.
So why is this?
There are a number of reasons.
Routine, apathy or as is the case in the current market, lawyers are being kept so busy that there is less time to consider if you are indeed happy at work. Your job may have met your needs five years ago or even 12 months ago but is that still the case?
REVIEW YOUR WORKING DAY
WHAT DO YOU ENJOY?
Ask yourself what aspects of your role do you enjoy the most and how much of your day do you spend doing this type of work? Divide your day up into fee-earning and non-fee earning activity if you work in private.
HOURS V PAY
There is no getting away from the fact that lawyers more often than not, work longer hours than other professions. While it comes with the territory, there are options that provide better work/life balance to suit.
Do not fear the unknown. The current legal market is buoyant and if after reviewing your working day you remain unhappy then it is time to consider making a career move.
TAKE A STEP BACK
The pressures of work often make it difficult to remember what attracted you to your current role in the first place. Take a moment to review your current role and think about what would make it better.
CONSIDER YOUR INTERNAL OPTIONS
Look at internal vacancies on your intranet or simply discuss an internal move and your reasons with your Partner.
ARE YOU HAPPY?
Your happiness should be of paramount importance. Be mindful that it is significantly more expensive for your employer to replace you.
Many employers will offer reduced hours or flexible working arrangements. It is important to ask the question.
Not only will a secondment add to your CV, a change of scenery and a different role for a defined period can be extremely beneficial.
ASSESS YOUR SKILLS
Are your skills and expertise in demand in the current market? Are you on the correct career path that will benefit your future internally or externally? What can you do to make yourself more marketable? Do you feel you are effectively planning ahead?
At all stages in your career it is vital to set short, medium and long term career aims and to review your success rate.
Often this can be the most enlightening question to ask yourself and that of your current employer. Are you performing to the best of your ability?
Does your current working environment suit you? As law firms and in-house teams grow, companies inevitably change in size and culture. What do you value most about your current employer? Has this changed since you were hired?
WORK/ LIFE BALANCE
HAPPINESS AT WORK
32% of Lawyers feel that their employer values their happiness at work.
24% of Lawyers state that a job promotion is their key motivator or career goal.
33% of Lawyers feel they are appropriately rewarded for their efforts.
41% of Lawyers agree that working long hours is part and parcel of being a modern day lawyer
Set relevant and measurable goals at the start of this process. Establish meaningful indicators that will highlight your goals, rewards and recognitions.
Let your peers, Partners or Hiring Managers know what you are setting out to achieve and your reasons for doing so. Review your professional targets via client feedback, appraisals & annual salary reviews.
Review last year’s goals and take responsibly not just for the success achieved but also for your failures and evaluate the reasons why?
Set Timelines for Action
If considering a move, it is important to look at what you now have to offer. Achieving new goals can help develop you personally but it can also make you more attractive and valuable in the market place. Be confident in your ability.
SPEAK WITH THOMSON LEGAL
Your CV is the starting point of any process if you are deciding to take on a new challenge. We can assist you to develop an effective and marketable CV, highlighting your strengths and what you have to offer.
Whether you are looking in Scotland, Ireland, London or Overseas, our wealth of experience allows us to provide you with up to date and accurate market information on vacancies, trends and salaries.
At Thomson Legal we listen to you. We recognise that our candidates are individuals. We take the time to get to know you and your aspirations and advise on what is best for your career.
We will help you set measurable and achievable targets to ensure your legal career maintains momentum and keep you going in the right direction.
With over 20 years in the legal recruitment sector we take pride in the fact that we know our clients and maximise our connections to provide the best opportunities in the legal market.
ABOUT THOMSON LEGAL
Thomson Legal was founded by David Thomson, a veteran and leading expert in the legal recruitment market in Scotland. Having worked internationally and with a network of Scottish and global clients, the aim of Thomson Legal is to help candidates with their career moves both domestically and internationally. Thomson Legal is regarded as an innovative and market leading consultancy by clients and candidates alike.
After graduating in Law & Modern Languages from University of Glasgow and working in-house, David moved into legal recruitment in 1999, initially working with legal recruitment specialists Mahlab in Sydney, Australia. After returning and working in the UK and Ireland, David has built up the reputation of being an expert in his field working with leading global recruitment companies including Taylor Root, Hays Legal and Hudson. David provides strategic advice and recruitment assistance to major international
law firms and FTSE 100 companies and works with market leaders in the UK, Ireland, Europe, Offshore, the Middle East, Australia and Asia Pacific. For more information of to discuss how Thomson Legal can help you with your legal career, please get in touch.