Career Strategies Group

Career Strategies Group

We do legal recruiting, outplacement and personal career coaching for lawyers, and have more than 25 years of experience. We work with attorneys on job search, exploration of career options, or career change. Many of our clients are aged 50+, but we also work with younger professionals on both job search and career planning.

Our recruiting team works with law firms and in-house GCs who are in need of additional attorneys for their teams. We can match you with open positions at law firms or companies that we have been asked to fill.

If you do not match our openings, or if you are looking to explore your options, our career consultants can help. We offer all of the services an attorney in transition would ever need, and we hold an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Since 1992, we have helped several thousand lawyers through career and life transitions. Our practice has three operating units.

Our Personal Career Services Group provides qualified individuals with career options testing, job search guidance, professionally written resumes and on-line marketing strategies. At present, this Group only accepts 6 clients per month.

Our Personal Career Services Group can help you if …
-- You are interested in exploring your career options but are not sure what’s out there, what you want
to do, or how to get there from here.
-- You do not have a clear, comprehensive and innovative plan to guide your job search.
-- You are smart enough to know what you don’t know, and are seeking expert guidance and resources
so your job search can be completed more quickly than if you were doing it on your own.
-- You don’t have a professionally written resume and cover letter to help you stand out from the
crowd, and/or you are not getting interviews for jobs for which you know you are qualified.
-- You are relying on internet classifieds, recruiters and the kindness of your friends to find a new
position, and are not finding one.
-- You do not have a lot of time to spend on your job search, and want an easy way to have job leads
sent to you and to have your resume made visible to recruiters and hiring managers through our Job
Search Made Easier program. \

Our Personal Career Services Group only accepts six new clients per month. To qualify as a potential career mentoring client, you should be at least 31 years old and acclimated to earning not less than $125,000 per year, or feel you have that earning power. In addition, we offer facilitated self-help programs for those who want to handle their own campaigns, but who would like some guidance along the way.

Our Corporate Group offers recruiting and outplacement. If you are a law firm hiring manager or corporate legal department leader and need talented additions to your staff, we can find them for you.
We will help you determine your specific needs, advise on compensation, develop job descriptions then use our database and network resources to find a perfect match for you.

If you are an individual job seeker, our Corporate Services Group can help you if …
-- You are looking for a law firm or in-house counsel position and meet the requirements of our posted positions. We will never forward a resume to a hiring company without the candidate’s permission, or without speaking with you first!

Our CEO:
Bruce Blackwell, CEO and Managing Partner – is a former publishing, motion picture and broadcasting executive with companies like MGM, Gannett Newspapers and New Line Cinema. He also served as a Business Analyst for Marketing Corporation of America and has provided consulting expertise to companies including IBM, 3M, MTV and Showtime. A noted author and lecturer on career issues for attorneys, he is a charter member of the Career Management panel for the New York City Bar Association and has been called “a leading career expert” by the New York State Bar Association. He has presented career guidance seminars for two annual meetings of the New York State Bar Association, and has presented career management seminars for the New York County Lawyers Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel, the New Jersey Bar Association, and many others. Some of his research into legal career areas has been published by the American Bar Association. In 2015, he did a presentation on Alternative Legal Careers for the National Constitution Center, whose Scholarship Advisory Committee includes Deans or Professor from Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, Yale Law School, the University of Texas – Austin Law School, Princeton, and Brown. His presentation there was immediately followed by one made by U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Stephen Breyer.

Our clients say:
“Mark this one down as another success story. This never would have happened without you. I just didn't want to be a lawyer anymore. I wanted to use my business and planning skills and work with emerging growth companies. Now I’m in investment banking. This is really the right thing for me. It's everything I was looking for. It was also great economically, with a base salary plus equity. It's perfect. It was a classic case of your unique approach working. I can't thank you enough.” -- Andrew L., now in finance.

"This was the best thing I've ever done. The work is exactly what I want to do. I have a salary and a piece of the company. The potential here is unlimited. Your process really works!” -- Peter V., now an international executive in the bicycle industry.

“I came in to your program not really knowing what I wanted. I was without a ‘vision.’ Now I feel like I’m on the right path. My new job is a perfect match.” Mike L., former attorney now in human resources.

“First and foremost, I LOVE MY NEW JOB!!! Now I know what you meant when you said that my skills were transferable and that I did not need to know the subject area in order to find – and be good at – another job. I love the new responsibilities and the higher level of authority. Working with you got me where I am. Without your help, advice and encouragement, I know this would not have happened. Thanks again for everything.” Victoria M., attorney, now a senior government agency official.

"They said it was the most compelling resume and cover letter they'd ever seen. Thank you." – Charles R., now in sports promotion.

“As you know, I recently won the position of Executive Director of [a non-profit agency]. I will be working out of Philadelphia, which I had always been a dream of mine. This new career involves many of the interests you identified. Its duties vary to such a degree as to make it the job that I have been looking for. I anted to thank you, not only for your help but also for the professionalism you exhibited throughout. Your continuous support and follow up helped me through an anxious time in my life, and made things possible that I never could have imagined. Thank you again and again.” Lawrence C., former attorney.

“Your overall thoughts, wisdom, caring and input have been invaluable. I actually sign my new employment contract tomorrow, and would be honored to take you to dinner.” Jeff G., former attorney in publishing.

“You have given me focus and opened up options, based on my skills, that I never really considered before. Your process helped me identify my range of skills, some of which I knew I had, others of which I ‘discovered’ for the first time. It also builds confidence. My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner.” Leslie P., attorney now a business executive.

“The analysis in your process gave me a reference point to evaluate prospective positions, and you gave me encouragement and guidance when I most needed it. You strategized comprehensively, instructed effectively and coached expertly. Your program and staff are excellent.” Joe L., now in-house in employee relations.

“My hopes have been realized, and last week I started my new position. It is intellectually stimulating work. Thank you for all of your assistance. Your program helped me focus on what I really wanted to do and on how to get there. I am deeply grateful for the support.” Richard S., now in judicial administration.

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