Bryce Legal Career Counsel offers one-on-one resume writing and career coaching service for lawyers who want to practice law or work in law-related fields. (If you want to shift into an executive role (like CEO or COO), if you want to leave the law, if you’re a legal professional who is not in an attorney role, or if you are an aspiring law school student, then Shauna can help you find a resume writer or career coach to help you.)
Most clients are referred by past and current clients, hiring attorneys, legal recruiters, and other resume writers and career industry professionals. Others find Shauna through a simple internet search — she’s top-ranked by Google for many searches related to best professional career assistance, resume writing, career coaching for lawyers and law students.
Shauna’s one-on-one clients all have a few things in common:
They know job search and career development plans cannot be successful unless they drive the progress.
Shauna offers you tools to be successful and teaches you how to use them.
Professionally written career documents and professional career advice are tools of success, not guarantees of success. They are not silver bullets. Like outcomes in law practice, outcomes in legal hiring cannot be guaranteed. As lawyers, Model Rule of Professional Conduct 7.1 and its comments remind us individual results depend on individual circumstances.
Many of the circumstances that will ultimately lead to success are within clients’ control. And success requires clients to put in effort and hard work.
Even the best legal resume will not substitute for implementing short-term strategies like actively researching opportunities and preparing for interviews, and long-term strategies like increasing technical skill, gaining experience applicable to target goals, and building a professional network. Even the best attorney resume cannot be effective if it is sent to the wrong employers, for the wrong positions, in the wrong format, or not sent out at all.
They understand professionally written legal career documents and professional career advice are investments.
Consider the economics of a job search and it becomes clear why that is.
A successful job search is the grand conjunction of the right employer, the right opportunity at the right terms, and the right candidate all coming together at the right time.
Conventional wisdom holds that it can take one month of stealth job searching for every $10,000 in salary you earn. (Top-level or highly specialized attorneys can take years to find the right fit because of the limited availability of positions that meet their criteria. One client mused, “There are probably only 20 jobs for me in the entire country.” After a pause, he revised: “No, probably fewer.” Because he was comfortably and securely employed, he chose to position himself to take advantage of the rare opportunities that interested him, rather than to widen his search to consider other positions.)
But let’s start with a simple example of an attorney with an annual salary of $52,000 who suddenly becomes unemployed. Let’s say he’s using a self-written legal resume. That self-written resume costs him $1,000 in lost income every week he’s unemployed. In six months, the self-written resume has cost him $26,000. If he works with Shauna and he secures employment at his customary salary in half the time… then a professionally written legal resume and career advice has saved him $12,000 in lost income. (And professional resume services may be tax deductible!)
If you earn $52,000 and find employment just one week sooner than you otherwise would have, then your investment in your new legal resume and other career services has already paid for itself. If you get a job just two weeks earlier, then working with a professional is one of the best investments you’ve ever made.
If you earn $250,000, then your investment can pay for itself and start making you money in as little as one day.
If you earn $400,000 or more, then your investment can pay for itself by lunchtime.
They understand opportunity costs, the value of their time, and when to bring in an expert.
Shauna’s goal is to produce a better legal resume, in less time, and with less frustration for you.
“Do It Yourself” can be a great option. But it’s not always the best option. It’s not even always the cheapest option.
Time you spend learning how to write and format a legal resume, learning about branding statements and keywords, learning what legal recruiters and employers like and don’t like, learning how to position yourself and your experience to appeal to employers… all those hours are taken away from the things you do best and the things you want to do.
Shauna’s already invested those hours, bringing years of experience in law practice, legal hiring, resume writing, and career advising so that you don’t need to!
They are ready to move forward.
Shauna’s clients are serious about their employment opportunities and career development, and understand the critical role career documents and advising play in their advancement.