Why Are You Applying?

By Shannan Buckley “I need a job, so I’m applying to positions in legal.” “I’m willing to work in marketing.” “I’ll do anything.” Since the pandemic hit, I’ve heard a big uptick in phrases like this, often from recent grads, as well as from some people who lost their jobs. Unfortunately, these are some of … Continued

What New Skills Have You Acquired During COVID?

The pandemic has been challenging and disruptive, but I have also viewed this time as an opportunity for new learning.  Every time I realize I don’t have the skills required, I say to myself “time to learn a new COVID skill!” What new COVID skills did you develop over the last seven months? When lockdown … Continued

5 Tips for Managing Your Well-Being

It’s been six months since most of us have been to our offices. The stress and uncertainty remain, even if it feels “normalized” at times. During the pandemic, we have been conducting numerous Wisnik Well-being webinars for law firm professionals. We have covered topics including Maintaining Your Well-Being During Challenging Times, Virtual Communication Skills, and Thriving While Working … Continued

Pandemic Trends and Predictions for the Legal Industry

By Shannan Buckley On March 13th, I left the office for what I thought would be a couple of weeks. I left my succulents behind, and my favorite black flats under my desk. I told my colleagues that I would see them in April, and I genuinely believed that would be the case when I … Continued

What’s REALLY Safe?

These are strange times we are living in. For the first time ever, my law firm recruiter friends can take a two week vacation in August. “Back to school” means kids might only be in a classroom two days a week. For me, an “oddity” that I am witnessing is having really good roles to … Continued

Two Suggestions for Managing Your Mental Well-Being

It’s August and the uncertainty the pandemic has caused still remains five months later. I have been thinking a lot about the emotional toll COVID has reaped. As I speak to clients, I hear fatigue and a low-grade depression. In the same sentence where they acknowledge how lucky they are to have a job and … Continued

How to Make Big Decisions

Over the past few weeks, I have received three calls I had never experienced before. They were each from an industry leader in marketing, recruiting and PD whom I’d known for more than twenty years. They called to ask me if they should take the buyout package their firms were offering. None of these women, … Continued

What Do Your Summer Associates Find Most Challenging?

Most firms are conducting virtual summer programs for the first time ever. Although most law students are happy to have a job and get paid this summer, there are definitely challenges that arise from working from home for those new to law firms. As I conduct training programs for summer associates nationwide to help them … Continued

What I Discovered About Myself During the Pandemic

I have been working from home since March 16. As I reflect on the past 100+ days, there are actually a few things silver linings I want to acknowledge. Nature: As a kid who grew up on a treeless street, I have appreciated nature my whole life. It started with Sunday visits to the New … Continued