Being Indispensable: The Way of the Future

Being Indispensable

Being indispensable is key for in-house counsel looking to ride the highs and lows of the legal jobs market. While there are many new in-house counsel job openings popping up every day, you have to look to the future when the market for legal talent will tighten up. Andrea Bricca, a Partner with Major, Lindsey & Africa’s In-House Practice Group, gives her thoughts on being indispensable:

“For the first time in over a decade, the market is candidate driven, and we are seeing lawyers with multiple offers to choose from. How long will this boom last? With the August 2018 cover of Fortune declaring, “The End Is Near,” it is not a matter of “if” but of “when” the slowdown begins. What does that mean for legal hiring then? Since becoming a search consultant, I have observed what I consider three cycles of legal hiring and layoff, and it seems each layoff is deeper and wider than the last. The lawyers that are seen as valuable and indispensable are kept, but those that are simply “cogs” in the system are left to the wayside. In Seth Godin’s book Linchpin, he talks about the importance of becoming the linchpin in your organization, someone who is indispensable and is just far too unique and valuable to ever be replaced or let go.”

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