How long until you can lateral?

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How long until you can lateral?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:17 pm

Wanted to know how long you must usually work at a firm before lateral opportunities start to open up.

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Re: How long until you can lateral?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:23 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Wanted to know how long you must usually work at a firm before lateral opportunities start to open up.


i think around your 3rd or 4th year. before your third year you really don't know enough to make you an attractive candidate.

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Re: How long until you can lateral?

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Oct 08, 2011 12:55 pm

someone I met at a firm I interviewed with said she moved over from her first firm after less than a year. I think just depends on what the firm's needs are.

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Re: How long until you can lateral?

Postby Drewtheman84 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 1:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:someone I met at a firm I interviewed with said she moved over from her first firm after less than a year. I think just depends on what the firm's needs are.


Yup. I know someone who lateraled after 3 months because a firm that she turned down for an SA gig liked her and thought of her as soon as something opened up.

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Re: How long until you can lateral?

Postby Renzo » Sat Oct 08, 2011 2:22 pm

Drewtheman84 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:someone I met at a firm I interviewed with said she moved over from her first firm after less than a year. I think just depends on what the firm's needs are.


Yup. I know someone who lateraled after 3 months because a firm that she turned down for an SA gig liked her and thought of her as soon as something opened up.


This happens, but it's not very common to be able to lateral before you put 2-3 years in. Your friend was fortunate to have contacts that liked her that much. I've also known one person with a very technical IP background who was able to lateral as a 1st year because his expertise was in demand. But 99% of 1st and 2nd years A) don't know enough to be valuable to a firm yet, and B) will be viewed as flight risks/malcontents for wanting to flee so soon from their first job.

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Re: How long until you can lateral?

Postby nealric » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:47 pm

I started getting recruiter calls the day the my website bio went live. Whether those calls would have lead to anything is anybody's guess, but I probably could have jumped ship right away had I wanted to.

Certain types of lateral opportunities take more experience. Most in-house jobs want closer to five years of experience.

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Re: How long until you can lateral?

Postby TooOld4This » Sat Oct 08, 2011 7:44 pm

Nealric is correct, you can often lateral rather quickly. Many firms like to use laterals rather than (or in addition to) 3L recruiting to fill spots. A difference with lateral hiring and 3L or 2L hiring is that you will generally be hired into a particular practice area. The firm looks at what its staffing needs are and looks for people that will fill the niche.

The thing to be aware of is that some firms view laterals with a bit of suspicion. This isn't across the board, but there are definitely firms that distinguish between people that were hired as 2Ls and those that have lateraled in later. If you you do want to lateral, you want to be sure you have a good story. If you are looking to lateral, see if you can't figure out who is hiring. Getting your resume on the desk of HR without the assistance of a head hunter can give you a leg up (unless the firm has signed an exclusive deal with a head hunter and will be using them to screen all applicants -- then you would not want to bypass the head hunter's ad). Ideally, you will have a classmate/alum at the firm that you can contact to have them pass on your resume for an open position.




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