We offer you tools to be successful and teach you how to use them.
Most individual clients are referred by past and current clients, hiring attorneys, legal recruiters, and other résumé writers and career industry professionals. Others find us through a simple internet search—Shauna Bryce and Bryce Legal are top-ranked by Google for many searches related to best professional legal career assistance, legal résumé writing, and career coaching for lawyers and law students. No matter how they find us, our clients understand the value career experts bring to the table—as well as the limitations of what we can do.
Look closely at the fine print for guarantees.
Often they are so gutted by conditions and limitations that they have little meaning.
Many of our clients have been surprised by:
The speed at which they attained success
The level of success they achieved beyond their initial expectations
While we have unparalleled client testimonials about our effort, hard work, and positive impact, ultimately your success requires effort and hard work on your part too. There simply is no substitute.
So let’s talk about why we don’t guarantee specific outcomes—and why we believe you should be suspicious of those who do.
You drive your career.
Our clients are serious about their careers, and understand the role our career advice and résumé writing can play in their success, advancement, and career satisfaction. They also understand our limitations.
Career advice and résumés are tools of success. They are not guarantees of success. They are not silver bullets. Many of the circumstances ultimately leading to success are largely within your control.
Every lawyer is different and has different, individual circumstances. As lawyers, Model Rule of Professional Conduct 7.1 and its equivalents remind us individual results depend on individual circumstances.
Together, we can explore how your professional goals align with market conditions. We all are subject to changing markets conditions, as well as to the basic economic principles of supply and demand. Some practice areas, skill sets, and qualifications are more in-demand than others—and while we watch market trends over time, what’s in-demand can drastically change over the years, or overnight. There’s also variation among geographical areas. That means that you may have to put in work to ensure you have what it takes to be in demand.
However, like outcomes in law practice, outcomes in legal hiring cannot be guaranteed. For example, even the best career coaching advice is, at heart, an educated response to information that clients voluntarily share and provide—information that we do not verify. Even the best legal résumé will not substitute for implementing short-term strategies like actively researching opportunities and preparing for interviews, and long-term strategies like increasing technical skill, gaining experience applicable to target goals, and building a robust professional network. Even the best attorney résumé cannot be effective if it is sent to the wrong employers, for the wrong positions, in the wrong format, or not sent out at all. (For more on guarantees, please see our Terms & Conditions.)
We are collaborative partners.
We are here to help. We are on your side and want you to be successful. But we can’t do it alone. We need you to work with us toward your success. It’s a partnership.
To be successful working with a career coach and résumé writer, you must be open to honest self-reflection and you must be willing to participate in the process—even though we may challenge your assumptions. It’s hard for us to help solve problems and position you toward the future unless we have the proper context and background. That means we will ask you a lot of straight-forward and exploratory questions, and sometimes those questions may take you outside your comfort zone. It’s all with the goal of moving you forward and building career narratives, résumés, and answers to interview questions that help you put your best foot forward.
One of the wonderful things about life and law is that there are many paths to success. There is no single Right Way to write a legal résumé or to reach your career goals. In the same way different lawyers might evaluate the same legal issue differently, individual hiring attorneys, legal and executive recruiters, career coaches, résumé writers, and others can have radically different ideas, approaches, and opinions. And that’s okay. One expert’s approach does not necessarily invalidate another’s. Instead, we view them as data points for your career decision-making.
However, it does mean that we cannot guarantee that every person will agree with our advice and approach. This website provides a lot of information about our backgrounds, philosophies, and more so that you can understand how we arrive at the advice we give you. You can choose to use that advice, to reject it, or to do something in-between. Not surprisingly, even clients who’ve fallen into the second and third categories have told us the process of working through their issues with career experts has been helpful. We can help weigh and evaluate different opinions, but only you can decide what works best for you.
We are also not illusionists. While we work hard to help each lawyer present in the best possible light, we cannot help you appear to have qualifications that you do not have. For example, we have been asked to include false, misleading, or exaggerated information in résumés. We will not knowingly help defraud employers or anyone else. At best, that's a short-term job search strategy that sets up all parties—including the candidate—for failure. Instead, we will work with you to help identify potential weaknesses in your candidacy so that you can start to build a bridge from where you are to where you want to go.
Our most successful clients embrace reality (the good, the bad, and the ugly), take personal responsibility for their decision-making and their careers, and are willing to try alternatives to their ideas, assumptions, and tactics.
Before signing up with us, ask yourself if you’re ready, willing, and able to:
Discuss tough questions about your employment and professional history?
Examine the reasons for underemployment, unemployment, layoffs, sabbaticals, and other gaps?
Hear how employers may interpret (fairly or unfairly) your background?
Entrust us with the context we need to help craft positive career narratives?
Understand and address potential negative perceptions about your qualifications?
Reconsider strategies that haven’t worked?
Evaluate whether your goals, current skills, and market demands are misaligned?
Adjust to current, as well as anticipated, market and hiring conditions?
Build a multi-stage bridge to get you where you want to go?
Learn to leverage networks and relationships, as well as build new ones?
Put in the hard work it takes to be successful?
Be accountable for your role in your past and present?
Take charge of your future?
If you are hesitant on any of these questions, then we may not be the best resource for you at this time.
If you have or suspect that you have physical, mental, emotional, or other health concerns—like depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, and addiction—that may impact your career, then first and foremost please know that you are not alone. These challenges affect large numbers of attorneys and law school students. However, as coaches and writers, we are not best positioned to help navigate these particular issues; we simply do not have the training or resources. We are not medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, or mental health counselors. Instead, we encourage you to work with your healthcare providers and / or lawyer assistance programs prior to investing in career development.