There are a number of aspects you should look for when it comes to finding the right Houston executive search firm for your needs.
Association: A reputable search firm will have memberships with recognized organizations whose standards they must meet. Being a member of the National Association of Legal Search Consultants (NALSC) should be the minimum when selecting a company. It also helps if they are members of local organizations as well because this means that they are more engrained into the community.
Longevity: While being in business for a number of years in and of itself does not denote its status, it is a very good indicator that they are dedicated to finding people the right type of jobs. Longevity also means that they have built relations over the years with many of the law firms that may be looking for a new hire.
Consultation: Basically, this is how the search firm advises you in terms of what to do in order to increase your chances at landing employment. Remember, it is in the search firm’s interest that you find a job so they want to give you the best chance possible in order to succeed. This will mean that you will get solid advice on the following;
- Resume Preparation
- Job Interview Coaching
- Guidance in Career Goals
- Understanding the Houston Market
The resume is your introduction to the company which needs to be well crafted so that it makes a good first impression. In addition, the job interview coaching provides much needed advice on how to conduct yourself especially in terms of answering questions to reinforce the good impression your resume has made.
Many law students fresh on the market may not fully understand all the job opportunities that are available, especially in the Houston legal market which is constantly changing to meet the needs of the people. You may find that there are better opportunities that are waiting for your skills and talents and the right search firm can find them for you.
Reputation: Just like any other business, a search firm can be checked out on the internet to see how customers feel about their service. While even the best firms will have a few negative reviews, for the most part you should be looking for patterns that may indicate they are not the right ones for your needs.
Such patterns include being shuffled off to different representatives instead of having one person handle the search, a limited number of firms where they have established a relationship or poorly kept records where they might overlook a potential candidate for a job. Such reviews are ones to keep in mind when searching for the right firm.
Different Types of Work: One important aspect is that the search firm looks for openings on a temporary as well as a permanent basis. This is important as many young attorneys start off by doing temporary work for two or three or more firms which help them build up the experience and reputation needed to land a permanent position.
For those who are just starting out, finding temporary work when permanent positions are not available can create excellent opportunities in the future for your career.