Alternative Career Strategies for
Lawyers and Executives
With Career Strategies, There is a Way Out!
We help people find jobs. But not just any jobs. We help people earning $125,000 or more per year find the right jobs at the right salaries with the right work/life balance. Our executive clients are Presidents, Vice-Presidents, CFOs, CMOs, Executive Directors, Department Heads and others who report to the C-suite. Our legal clients come from the ranks of Partners, Senior Associates, and successful solo practitioners. We also work with entrepreneurs, government officials and other professionals. The common theme among our clients is that they are smart, successful, and no longer love their jobs.
Imagine how much better your life would be if you actually enjoyed your work or running your business. Well, you can. And we can help you. It’s what we do. We have provided career guidance to several thousand clients and are A+ rated by the Better Business Bureau.
Alternative Careers for Lawyers & Executives
We are specialists in job search, particularly alternative careers for lawyers and executives. We have been helping senior-level clients find new positions in law, business, non-profits and universities since 1992. If you are looking to see what else is “out there,” to explore your career options, or to move up in your current profession, we can help.
If you feel stuck and don’t know how to begin, begin by calling us. Contact Career Strategies Group for a free initial consultation.
Career Strategies for 50+, 30-somethings and Gen X’s in their 40s
We provide career strategies and job search assistance for experienced professionals. We have special expertise in the unique needs of those over age 50, and have been very successful with those who seek to be changing careers at 50 or older. Our knowledge and resources also help those in the early- or mid-stages of their careers. We help highly talented and accomplished people make the best choices for their personal and professional growth.
Our services include: * Career testing and assessment to identify alternative career options * Powerful resumes and cover letters * Aid in finding companies and job leads * Coaching, mentoring and brainstorming * Interview preparation and salary negotiation. We also offer low cost Self Help job search tools that include using social media job search options.
If you are a solo practitioner or business owner and are seeking ways to improve your career, increase your revenues and quality of life, our coaches and business advisors can help you, too.
CAREER STRATEGIES A PRESENTER AT ALTERNATIVE CAREERS SEMINAR
IN NEW YORK CITY
If you are thinking about pursuing an alternative career, or even thinking about whether or not you should be thinking about it, then by all means you should have attended “Tales from the Front Lines on Finding and Succeeding in an Alternative Legal Career.”
The seminar was moderated by Daniella Isaacson, Senior Analyst, Legal Intelligence for ALM, publishers of The New York Law Journal and American Lawyer, among others. Panelists included our own Bruce Blackwell, Managing Partner of Career Strategies Group, and professionals who have made successful career changes, including Brian Sogol, Assistant Vice President of CCS Fundraising, Lauren Bergida, Chief Program Officer for Shames JCC, and Michael Bethoney, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson for Citi Habitats.
The seminar, which was attended by about 50 professionals, addressed both personal experiences and professional considerations when exploring or pursuing an alternative career. A lively Q&A session was an important part of the evening.
The program was hosted by the Alternative Careers Sub-Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
BLACKWELL SPEAKS at JOB SEARCH BOOT CAMP
SPONSORED BY YALE, COLUMBIA, NYU AND OTHER TOP SCHOOLS
Bruce Blackwell was among the featured presenters at a Job Search Boot Camp sponsored by Yale Law School, New York University Law School, Columbia Law School and 12 others. The program provided attendees with career planning and practical job search techniques. The boot camp included workshops on social networking, resume development, the importance of break-out cover letters, creation of a person brand strategy, and much more. Mr. Blackwell is frequently asked by bar associations and other professional organizations to share his knowledge of job search and career change.
CAREER STRATEGIES SOON TO ENTER ITS 25TH YEAR-
Reflections from our Founder
It is starting to occur to me that my practice will soon be entering its 25th year. It’s very hard for me to believe that I am nearing the quarter century mark doing work that I love. When I started, it was me, a laptop, a tiny interior office, and a lot of hope. I had no clue that this idea of mine about helping people find new jobs and new careers would turn into an international organization that has counseled several thousand lawyers, and that has been staffed by some of the country’s most gifted and caring career counselors.
When I started, I was not targeting lawyers — I thought, like most other people, that lawyers were happy and rich. After all, on TV lawyers worked in beautiful mahogany offices, wore exquisitely tailored suits, drove Mercedes convertibles, had long, lavish lunches at 5-star restaurants, served absolutely gorgeous clients, and handled intellectually challenging matters — at least until cocktail time. A few months into my practice, a lawyer came into my office and told me about billable hours, screaming partners, boring work, nasty judges and more. I thought he was crazy, but just for laughs I took out a little tiny ad in The New York Law Journal with the headline, “Hate Your Job?” The phone hasn’t stopped ringing since, and a soon-to-be-25 year old business was created.
My thanks go out to Lawyer Client #1, Andy from Scarsdale. There have been about 2,400 of you since. My thanks, also, to all of you who have worked with us, and to a great team of consultants and support staff that we have had the honor and privilege of working with. Here’s to you, and to the next 25! — Bruce Blackwell
ALTERNATIVE CAREERS SEMINAR PRESENTED FOR
THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER
A seminar on Alternative Careers for Lawyers and How to Leave the Practice of Law was presented to the National Constitution Center by Career Strategies founder and president Bruce Blackwell. His presentation immediately preceded one given by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer. Blackwell’s 90-minute program qualified for CLE credit in many states. “I am deeply honored to have been invited by such an august organization to share my 24 years of experience counseling lawyers, executives and professionals on their career options,” said Blackwell. “I am more than flattered to be involved with an organization with such a distinguished Scholarship Advisory Committee.” The Scholarship Advisory Committee includes Professors or Deans from Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, Stanford Law School, the University of Pennsylvania Law School, the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Princeton and Brown. Other members of the Scholarship Advisory Committee include a present and former member of the U.S. Supreme Court and a former Cabinet Secretary. “Little did I realize when I started my practice in 1992 that I would one day be speaking at an organization right before an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court,” Blackwell noted.
The National Constitution Center is the only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution.” The Center hosts a wide range of educational programs for the public and for attorneys.
RE-ENTERING the WORKFORCE and EFFECTIVE RESUME WRITING are SUBJECTS of CAREER STRATEGIES SEMINARS for CONNECTICUT BAR
Bruce Blackwell recently conducted two seminars for the Connecticut Bar Association. The first addressed the issues faced by attorneys who have left the practice for a prolonged period of time — typically either for health, business or child-rearing purposes — and who now seek to return to the legal market place. Blackwell has lectured on this topic for the New Directions program at Pace Law School, and at a panel discussion before the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. His lecture dealt with resume issues, modern job search techniques, and how to deal with questions relating to an extended absence from the practice of law.
The second seminar, Effective Resume and Cover Letter writing was a lively, interactive discussion of resume Must Do’s and Must Not Do’s, and included critiques of attendees documents.
YOU CAN NOW LOOK FOR JOBS RIGHT ON OUR WEBSITE – NEW FEATURE
We have now added Indeed.com to our website. Indeed.com is a job aggregator that scans the internet and identifies job opportunities through the keywords you select. Your entire on-line job search can now be done directly from the Career Strategies Group website.
Our Clients Say…
“I felt absolutely helpless because I submitted my resume to so many potential employers and either didn’t get a bite or was ultimately rejected. I was also certain that I wanted to get out of law but wasn’t sure how to go about doing so, or even whether that was the right career decision for me. I knew even before coming to Career Strategies that I was a valuable asset to a company, but I now have a greater recognition of exactly what I do that imparts such value. I believe that I even feel more validated now in my personal life … Just the resume-recrafting services alone are worth it … I wish I could tell more lawyers who feel chained to their current job duties or profession that there is a resource available to help them.” — Thank you, Pat! You just did!
Put our expertise to work, and we will help put you to work … in a job that makes you feel like what you are doing is worthwhile, fulfilling and intellectually challenging. Give us a call or send us an email today to see if we can help you. Better yet, just click on this link and make an appointment to learn more.
NEED A MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER FOR YOUR GROUP OR ORGANIZATION? CALL US!
If you are looking for an informative and entertaining presentation on job search, career strategies and development, Contact us at Career Strategies Group. We offer 30 minute “lunch and learn” programs. We also offer 60 and 90 minute detailed job search and career strategy seminars. We are a available to civic and religious organizations, professional associations, graduate schools and private companies. We also offer half-day and full-day job search and career development programs. If you would like us to develop a powerful presentation for your organization, please give us a call.
If you are a lawyer or executive looking for a new career at 30, 40, 50 or 60, are seeking to change careers or explore a career change, we can help. If you are looking for new jobs in law, are looking at career options, contemplating an alternative career or alternative legal career, or need a life coach, career coach or career counselling in any form, give us a call today! We offer the full range of job search services, including executive and legal resumes, resume distribution to recruiters, leads for legal jobs and attorney jobs, career testing and much, much more.