As a member of the Firmwide Legal Recruiting & Development Department (“LRD”), the CareerLink Coach for the Los Angeles or San Francisco office will guide and support attorneys, alumni, and friends of the firm in their job search efforts.
The CareerLink program provides industry-leading support to Kirkland attorneys, alumni and Firm clients in defining and pursuing career success. Harnessing the global reach of Kirkland’s brand and connections, CareerLink delivers value through in-depth career coaching, innovative program and resource development, and network building.
The CareerLink Coach will be an integral part of the innovative and award winning Kirkland CareerLink (“KCL”) program managing day-to-day activities, working with clients on career direction, resume development, interview preparation, salary negotiations, networking best practices, and more.The CareerLink Coach will also be responsible for tracking program metrics, developing meaningful resources for an effective job search, and integrating these offerings into the greater LRD programming.
This role will work collaboratively and seamlessly with resources across the Legal Recruiting & Development channels and other departments in areas such as: Alumni Engagement, Events Planning, Recruiting, Professional Development/Training and Marketing & Communications.
Assist attorneys, alumni and select clients of the Firm with the development of relevant self-marketing materials and professional branding documents such as resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile etc.
Outreach to legal industry recruiters to post positions to the Kirkland alumni website and to help network on behalf of our attorneys, alumni and friends of the firm
Provide networking guidance and assistance for alumni, attorneys, friends of the firm
Conduct competency assessments: MBTI, or other leadership competency assessments to aid in perfecting the job search strategy
Conduct one on one coaching sessions to gauge individual needs of each CareerLink “client” and help them advance through their search until placement
Interview preparation and skill development for “clients” as needed
Salary benchmarking and negotiation coaching
Work with the CareerLink team to further develop the CareerLink program in each office, offerings, and specific tools. Work with Alumni Engagement Manager to integrate and enhance CareerLink offerings within the program.
Drive planning and participate in the annual “In-House Insider” Experience offered to select attorneys and alumni
Track and report on relevant CareerLink metrics utilizing specified tools such as SharePoint
Aid in content development for marketing materials highlighting the CareerLink program
Research and analyze employment trends, specifically in the legal industry, nationally and globally
Conduct workshops/webcasts on resume creation, leveraging social media for the job search, interviewing and other job search skills
Recognize and track gaps or common issues faced by CareerLink clients and propose/create solution based programming to address
As needed, support the greater LRD efforts of the Firm including presence at events and needed preparation, creation of relevant written materials for publications, and compilation of data and tracking
Participate and help develop team building and development experiences for the CareerLink Team
Qualifications & Requirements
Education, Work Experience, Skills
Team work, ownership of assigned work, responsiveness, and outstanding commitment to excellence is essential for this position. Additionally, the ideal candidate will possess these qualifications:
Bachelor’s Degree and J.D. required
10+ years of work experience in legal profession in some capacity (Gig-law or in-house)
Career coaching experience necessary, including executive level coaching
Advanced coaching certifications strongly desired
Recruiting experience strongly desired
Ability to administer and analyze self-assessments such as MBTI certification desired.
Knowledge of US and International legal job board aggregates
Flexibility in regard to hours, (some clients may be international)
Excellent communication (written and oral), listening, multi-tasking and organizational skills
Ability to develop strong relationships and trust with coaching clients
A natural ability to make clients feel cared about
Strong sense of empathy, positive outlook, and ability to motivate others
Technology plays an important role in the execution of team deliverables. Candidates are expected to work within the following tools:
Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel
Working knowledge of SharePoint
Web platform experience helpful, specifically Insala platform is a plus
LinkedIn and other social media experience preferred
Certificate, Licensures, Registrations
Certification in Career or Executive Coaching is a plus
Experience as a practicing attorney is required
Internal Number: 5303
About Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Kirkland & Ellis LLP is a preeminent, full-service law firm with offices around the world and a staff as diverse as the practice areas we support. Our clients range from Fortune 100 companies to medium and small corporations, financial institutions, and private equity firms. Known for our commitment to excellence, Kirkland strives to provide superior service to our clients as well as our fellow employees. From Information Technology to Human Resources, Paralegal Services to Business Development, Kirkland offers non-attorney professionals challenging careers in a variety of functional areas. Whether starting or growing your career, Kirkland can offer a performance-driven culture filled with bright and innovative teams of co-workers.