Career Advice Columns

Mike Evers writes a monthly career advice column for the online edition of Corporate Counsel, and for many years contributed to Inside Counsel.

Most Recent Corporate Counsel Columns

  • December 04, 2018 – The Dream GC Job — In my view, joining Facebook now as its general counsel is the ultimate dream job for any experienced in-house attorney. Corporate Counsel reporter Caroline Spiezio wrote a story last month about the search for Facebook’s next General Counsel. She asked several … Read More
  • November 01, 2018 – Beware of Making Partner — My advice for early career law firm attorneys who envision themselves in a law department: Move at the mid to senior associate level … Read More
  • September 10, 2018 – Law Department Talent Pipeline: Evolving? — My role as a recruiter for corporate law departments is pretty straightforward: Bring specifically qualified candidates to bear, assess culture fit, and provide a short list of the best options. We are usually working at the 7-plus … Read More
  • August 06, 2018 – Find a Truth Teller — The most honest and helpful constructive criticism often comes from mentors, friends and outside resources (including recruiters!), people who only want success and happiness for you. … Read More
  • July 05, 2018 – Should an In-House Attorney Get an MBA? — This column addresses a very specific question, which I have been asked repeatedly over the years: Should an in-house attorney get an MBA? … Read More
  • June 05, 2018 – GCs: How to Manage New Hire Expectations — The results from the 2018 Career Satisfaction survey for in-house counsel make it abundantly clear that most of you crave upward mobility. … Read More
  • May 03, 2018 – Sourcing Your Next Great Hire — Attention general counsel: When you have an opening to fill, are you sure that the person you really want to hire even knows you are hiring? … Read More
  • April 05, 2018 – Typos Are Tolerated When the Deadline for Everything Is Now — Today, I expect typos. On resumes! From attorneys who graduated from Top 20 law schools. It may surprise you that the worst offenders are not unemployed lawyers with below market pedigree … Read More
  • March 07, 2018 – 10 Tips for the New GC Hired From Outside — Congratulations! You have just been hired as the new general counsel of Awesome, Inc. You are new to the company, the CEO is excited to have you on her team, and so you are starting the job with a … Read More
  • February 02, 2018 – What Makes an In-House Career Satisfying? It’s Not About the Money — Compensation matters. But while everyone knows that a select group of general counsel are paid handsomely, the fact remains that “BigLaw” law firm attorneys make more versus most of their experience-level counterparts in-house … Read More
  • January 09, 2018 – Tips from GCs to Aspiring GCs — Nothing beats hearing directly from successful professionals who have been where you want to go. I appreciate the ongoing opportunity to connect with in-house counsel via this column, and I frequently offer my two cents on strategy and marketability for readers who want to sit in a General Counsel chair down the road … Read Moren to a resume and our candidate assessment, clients always ask us to provide current compensation information. It’s common practice, as no company wants to spend time interviewing an attorney who would ultimately reject its best offer. And although many attorneys bristle with reluctance … Read More