Candidate Corner: Should you stay or Should you go?


By Jennifer Evans, Executive Legal Recruiter & Co-Founder

As we close out 2013, I am repeatedly asked – Is next year the right time for me to look for a new job?  Recent forecasts predict that 2014 will continue to provide economic improvements; however, regardless of more economic certainty (which in reality is impossible) changing careers comes with some inherent risk.  So how do you decide?

I believe there are three key factors to a managing a successful career –Are you contributing; are you growing & learning; are you motivated by your work?

Here are some thoughts to consider when contemplating looking for a new job –

  • In the past year, can you describe 2-3 key accomplishments where you have made a significant contribution?
  • What new skills have you learned in the past year?
  • Do you foresee an opportunity to take on increased responsibilities in 2014?
  • Are you motivated to go to work 4-out-5 days a week?
  • Does your current leadership inspire you?
  • Do you feel that your contributions are valued?

Law firms are more critical than ever in their hiring choices: clients are demanding more; therefore, they must demand more from the talent they hire.  Firms are seeking legal professionals that have a proven track record of contribution and who are motivated to provide exceptional value and services to their clients.

If you are not growing in your current role, or if you are feeling under-utilized, then 2014 might be the year to take a look around.

If you have more questions on making a career transition and/or the legal hiring market, please feel free to contact anyone of us at Access Talent Solutions; we are here to help.  You can reach us at

Cheers to everyone for a bright and prosperous New Year!