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Duration of experience does not determine the impact of experience. Sometimes a simple ten-minute meeting can last a lifetime. Sometimes the longer the experience, the more forgettable.

TOP 3 Professional Must-Do’s For The Fall Of 2017
  • Attend an industry conference. There are a lot of great conferences coming up: Relativity Fest, CyberSecure, TIP, and more.
  • Update your resume. The fall is typically the busiest and fastest hiring season; be prepared for the unexpected by dusting off your resume and making it a current reflection of who you are.
  • Learn something new. Certifications are the talk of the town and there are tons of new and legacy certifications to pursue to give you professional advantages for 2018.
Wednesday, 30 August, 2017
TRU Tips

Hiring managers: Time kills all deals. Anything more than a week between final interview and written offer is simply too long in cyber or ESI, especially for sales talent. Let too much time pass and you will lose the talent.

TOP 3 Takeaways From ILTACON 2017
  • ESI is yesterday's news, but still legal technology's biggest money maker: The vendor floor remained flooded with discovery vendors, fewer than ever, but individually bigger than ever. The war for ESI supremacy is less about what makes a company different, and more about what a company is missing compared to its competitors. Those without global service capability, international review centers, dual Relativity and proprietary technology, audio/video search functionality, and strong project management will struggle to compete in today's climate.
  • Legal blockchain will be driven by in-house counsel at corporations: If you are looking for the next big thing in legal that has yet to be commoditized (or in this case barely tapped), look to blockchain. This simple term has deeply complex implications too dense to summarize here. Best way to get involved? Join CLOC or the Legal Blockchain Consortium. Both are in their inception phase of growth.
  • Legal technologists want to move into cybersecurity: The demand from talent to find pathways towards a career in cybersecurity is overwhelming. Few have made the transition successfully and only handfuls of people will do so in the coming years. Why? The transition will take time, patience, significant investment of time and money into additional training and education, and, perhaps most important, a willingness from employers to hire or promote talent with "learned skills" into roles where cyber/IG education can be put into practice, some for the first time.
Thursday, 24 August, 2017
TRU Tips

When asked "why are you interested in this position?" during an interview, do not answer with "the growth potential within the company." Employers want to know you want the job at hand first, not what your job could become over time.

TOP 3 Employee Workplace Trends In America This Quarter
  • One-fifth of Americans find their workplace hostile.
  • Telecommuting is still rare: 78% say they are required to be present in their workplace during working hours.
  • Only 38% say their jobs offer good prospects for advancement.

According to a recent study by Bloomberg: “One-Fifth of Americans Find Workplace Hostile or Threatening.

Thursday, 17 August, 2017
TRU Tips

Future employers who ask to see your non-compete need the entire contract—not excerpts. Any document you have signed, especially if you are a sales professional, is typically required by a future employer’s legal division, and not piecemeal.

TOP 3 Takeaways From TRU's Atlanta Thought Leadership Round Table
  • Atlanta is full of talent! But it is not equally full of opportunity. Both Am Law and corporate decision makers, however, yearn for a more sophisticated pool of local project management talent.
  • Corporate decision makers in Atlanta are seeing a convergence of cybersecurity and e-discovery disciplines and talent. However, ESI talent is eager to get involved in cyber. Cyber talent is reluctantly being pulled into ESI issues.
  • Corporate decision makers are very open and interested in hiring contract ESI talent for a variety of roles.
Wednesday, 09 August, 2017
TRU Tips

Negotiate pre-planned vacation prior to accepting an offer at your new employer. Often employers will make exceptions to their standard PTO accrual at the time of hire, but not after you have started.

TOP 3 Things Candidates Forget To Negotiate At Offer Acceptance
  • Pre-planned vacation
  • Indemnification or support regarding a non-compete
  • Flexibility around a start date
Wednesday, 02 August, 2017
TRU Tips

Negotiate pre-planned vacation prior to accepting an offer at your new employer. Often employers will make exceptions to their standard PTO accrual at the time of hire, but not after you have started.

TOP 3 Things Candidates Forget To Negotiate At Offer Acceptance
  • Pre-planned vacation
  • Indemnification or support regarding a non-compete
  • Flexibility around a start date
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017
TRU Tips

Proofreading your “thank you” email can be the most critical part of the interview process – especially if you proofread poorly.

TOP 3 Proofreading Mistakes Commonly Found In Thank You Emails
  • Misspelling of simple words not caught in spell check: “in: instead of “on”; “if” instead of “of”.
  • Misspelling of the interviewer's name or company.
  • Run-on sentences (if you are not sure, err on the side of caution and make it two sentences).
Wednesday, 19 July, 2017
TRU Tips

Prediction: Large ESI companies will begin to acquire cybersecurity companies and/or software to expand their reach into client data solutions earlier in the information lifecycle.

TOP 3 Key Findings From A Recent LOGICFORCE Survey On Law Firm Data Breaches:
  • An average of 10,000 intrusions occur every day at law firms.
  • 95% of assessed law firms were not compliant with their own data security policies and 100% were not compliant with those of their clients.
  • 40% of firms were breached without knowing it in 2016.
Wednesday, 12 July, 2017
TRU Tips

You should be smiling in your professional headshot.

TOP 3 Mistakes Made On Professional Profile Photos
  • Odd background. Instead, take your photo in front of a clear non-descript background or office setting. “Environmental shots” are very popular for executive photos.
  • Using wedding photos. Shots in a tux or gown are overkill! Keep it business professional.
  • Bad photo resolution. In technology, bad resolution is just inexcusable. Care enough to post a quality image.
Thursday, 06 July, 2017