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CareerLink Coach

Job ID: 5303

Updated: Feb 11, 2020

Location: San Francisco, CA, United States

Category: Human Resources


About Kirkland & Ellis

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.

Essential Job Functions

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

How to Apply

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Equal Employment Opportunity

All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Closing Statement

The job postings and recruiting mailbox are for candidates only. If you are a recruiter, search firm or employment agency, and do not have a signed contract with Kirkland & Ellis LLP ("K&E") and have not been asked specifically to submit candidates, you will not be compensated in any way for your referral of a candidate even if K&E hires the candidate. Direct contact with K&E employees in an attempt to present candidates is inappropriate and will be a factor in determining any future professional relationship with the Firm.