After-Bonus Resolutions

The holidays are over. The champagne has been drunk. Most law firms have paid out their year-end bonuses. Now what? Whether you typically are a New Year’s Resolution maker or not, I’d like to suggest that you make one work-related, shall we call it, After-Bonus Resolution, for 2017.

Your resolution can be made whether you are happy or unhappy in your current job. Regardless, following through on an After-Bonus Resolution can move you closer to your long-term professional goals.

Here are a few After Bonus Resolutions:

  1. Improve your LinkedIn profile.  It is one of the first places a potential employer looks to learn more about you.
  2. Revise your resume and deal sheet.  Update these documents so that they are ready to go when a great opportunity comes up.
  3. Attend a networking event.  Whether it’s through the Bar Association, your college or law school, it’s always a good idea to expand your contacts.
  4. Call a recruiter.  Introduce yourself and ask them to keep you in mind for future opportunities. You never know when your dream job will open up!

I hope these suggestions have inspired you to make an After Bonus Resolution. Proactively taking even simple steps makes us feel more in control of our work life. If you would like to talk to me about how to move forward in your legal career, please send me an email at or send me an InMail via LinkedIn, so we can set up a time to talk.

Happy New Year and good luck with your After-Bonus Resolutions!