Develop and implement strategies for career success.
Lawyers and law students generally come to Shauna with two specific goals: to get a job and to build a career.
Through one-on-one consulting, they partner with Shauna to develop and implement strategies to achieve those goals.
Their individual situations, however, can be quite varied…
- An assistant general counsel (AGC) with a labor and employment law background wants to position himself for future deputy general counsel (DGC) or general counsel (GC) roles. But those roles aren’t typically filled by L&E lawyers. How can he gain wider experience and re-position himself as a corporate generalist so that he can continue to advance?
- A newly admitted attorney first generation American. She’s also the first college graduate — and first lawyer — in her family so she can’t inherit a professional network from her family. How can she start to build a network of her own?
- A BigLaw litigator is planning to move to a new city, and wants to use his geographical move to also change practice areas. How can he establish bona fides in the new practice area, and build connections in his dream city — without alerting his current firm to his plans to jump ship?
- An executive-level lawyer has been working overseas for twenty years, and is ready to return to the U.S. She knows her eventual job search will be heavily dependent upon networking. How can she rebuild connections among influential U.S. lawyers?
- A contract manager at a Fortune 100 company wants to move to an in-house lawyer role. How can build relationships within the legal department so that he transition from his JD preferred position to corporate counsel?
- A senior lawyer with a specialized skill set has her ambitions on getting into one of the most recognizable companies in the world. How can she target and build relationships key players in the company to position herself for hire?
*Samples are composites designed to protect the identities of individual clients.
Of course attorney also face a variety of questions more fundamental to their personalities, work/life balance, or decisions to continue with the law. There are great career coaches who guide clients through the amazing journey of self-discovery, where they can identify work environments ideal for their personality, achieve work/life balance, and find personal fulfillment. If you’re looking for a career coach to help you on that type of journey, then let Shauna know — she can match you with a self-discovery life coach.
Action-Oriented Strategic Coaching for Immediate and Long-Term Success
Shauna gives coaching clients the tools they need to move forward. She takes an accountability approach to coaching — working with clients to develop step-by-step action plans that address their individual needs and help them achieve their goals. Her clients understand:
- They must choose to be their greatest asset, rather than their greatest liability
- Success is the result of habits, behaviors, and attitudes that can be learned
- Short, mid, and long-term strategies are best pursued simultaneously
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Common Strategic Coaching Topics
Shauna works with attorneys across their career lifecycles, from launching a successful legal career through finding professional satisfaction during retirement. Below are some of the most common career transition, re-entry, job search, career development, professional development, technical skill development, and business development questions raised by coaching clients.
Job Searching Strategies in a Competitive Market
- Finding hidden opportunities before they turn into public job listings
- Getting inside intel on jobs, employers, and industries
- Working with legal recruiters
- Increasing your skill set during the job search
- Re-entering the legal profession after a personal or professional break
- Entering the U.S. market for foreign-trained lawyers
Networking for Results Now and the Future
- Understanding the value of a personal and professional network
- Building and strengthening your network online and in-person
- Putting your network to use
- Increasing the value of your LinkedIn® profile
- Learning to network in a way that’s natural, comfortable and authentic
- Meeting new people critical to getting where you want to go
Interview Principles, Practicalities, and Preparation
- Learning what interviewers are looking for and how to give it to them
- Applying principles of interviewing to specific situations
- Preparing answers for questions you don’t want to — or don’t know how to — answer
- Addressing your real or perceived weaknesses
- Critiquing your mock interview
Professional Branding and Reputation Management to Separate You from the Rest
- Creating a brand to attract potential employers, recruiters, clients, and other contacts
- Finding and dealing with “digital dirt” impeding your job search and career development
- Disseminating your brand across platforms to create a positive online presence
- Building, protecting, and repairing your professional reputation
- Leveraging skills from a first career
Success in the Workplace
- Building 30-60-90 day (or longer!) success plans to get off on the right foot
- Transitioning from law student to practicing lawyer
- Facing time tracking and billing pressures
- Addressing criticism or constructive feedback on performance evaluations
- Straddling conflicting philosophies and demands of multiple supervisors
- Learning to say no and build boundaries
- Building a case for a raise, promotion, or increased role
Professional Development to Bring You to the Next Stage of Your Career
- Making your mark in law school to increase your post-graduation opportunities
- Transitioning from law school to law firm, from law firm to in-house, or between other environments
- Parlaying e-discovery or contract attorney work into a full-time career in growing areas of law and legal services
- Finding mentors within your geographical area, practice area, or industry
- Increasing technical skills to stay in-demand in changing times
- Changing practice areas, sectors, and geography
- Giving back through board work, mentoring individuals or organizations, and more
Optional Career Coaching Tools
Business Style Assessment
- Analyzing your individual management, work, and leadership approaches.
- Understanding the value, talents, and “soft skills” you bring to potential employers and clients, and how to communicate them to your best advantage.
- Answering tough interview questions about business and communication style, strengths and weaknesses, and response to challenges.
- Leveraging your natural abilities and learning to excel in any work environment or corporate culture.
- Learning how others perceive you so that you can head off negative perceptions, or turn them around into positive ones.