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Powerplayers Tour Recap

Our managing partner, Michelle Sneesby recently returned from a week long intensive Knowledge and Study Tour hosted at Californias’ UCLA. On November 25th, Michelle flew to LA to commence the PowerPlayers tour, alongside 19 other Australian entrepreneurs.

After initial hesitation and nerves, Michelle settled in, met the other entrepreneurs invited to the tour and the Founder and CEO of Business Chicks, Emma Isaacs. After a brief meeting, Michelle and the other guests headed back to their rooms to rest up before beginning the tour.

Networking

On the first day of the tour, Michelle explored the UCLA campus and did some networking with other like minded Australian business women. Michelle was blown away by the beauty of the UCLA campus, and so are we! Check out the pictures below.

Official Tour Day 1: Ian Larkin & ‘Growing Your Business’

Day one of the tour and Michelle was lucky enough to be sat next to successful Sydney lawyer Jennifer Bicknell.

Next up was speaker Ian Larkin who discussed growing a business using the Netflix success story as a springboard. Ian challenged the group and gave Michelle a lot of take home points to share with the empire teams.

Day 2: Leading a culture of service excellence

On day 2 Michelle and the team had an exciting day at Disneyland, taking the time to learn what makes each member of the tour special – what are their differences, and what sets them apart? Michelle also learnt about what makes Disneyland so unique. The attention to detail at Disneyland is unparalleled and it’s part of what makes the Disneyland experience so special.

Day 3: Dermalogica & Iris Furstenberg

The third day of the tour was a key day for Michelle. Beginning with a Q&A session with Dermalogica founder and CEO, Jane Wurwand, the morning was informative and thought provoking – but for Michelle, the best was yet to come.

Next up was speaker Dr. Iris Furstenberg. Iris is a professor of psychology and specialises in creative problem speaking and innovative thinking. She spoke about bringing the future to the present, the importance of being present and the psychology of being present. Iris was absolutely a highlight for Michelle and her favourite speaker.

Graduation!

After a week of learning at UCLA, Michelle and the rest of the team graduated.

The Knowledge and Study Tour was a challenging, exhausting, rewarding and an absolutely incredible experience.

Michelle was pushed out of her comfort zone, she made new connections, learnt new skills and developed both professionally and personally. Michelle is returning home with a new outlook on life and plenty of information and exciting new strategies to implement at empire.

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Key takeaways from the Powerplayers tour

In November of 2018, our managing partner Michelle Sneesby was invited to join 20 other entrepreneurs from all over Australia in a week long ‘Knowledge and Study PowerPlayers Tour’ held at California’s UCLA.

For Michelle, this was a huge step outside of her comfort zone – not only had she never been to University, she had never travelled on her own, nor had she ever left her children.

After the initial nerves wore off, Michelle and the other guests settled in and got to know one another, before commencing what Michelle called a ‘magical experience’ of new challenges, new learning, new experiences and new growth – both personally and professionally.

Michelle has boiled down a weeks worth of learning to five key takeaway points for those of us not lucky enough to be present at the PowerPlayers tour. Below are Michelle’s top takeaway points from the tour:


Be present – leave technology away when in a meeting.  Don’t allow phones or computers

The reality is, when people are allowed to bring computers or phones into a meeting, they won’t be focusing on the meeting or contributing to it either. Instead they will be emailing, surfing the web or just playing around with their technology.

A scientific study conducted of UCLA students noted that students who took notes by hand rather than using a computer or ipad had an increased understanding of concepts discussed. The study also noticed increased productivity levels among students using good old fashioned pen and paper. So next time you have a meeting, leave the laptop behind and instead opt for taking notes with a pen and paper – you just can’t argue with science!

Get 7 – 8 hours sleep every night – it’s more important than you think!

In some workplace cultures, working long hours and running on little to no sleep is worn as a badge of honor, but new research is proving that lack of sleep has hugely detrimental effects in the workplace. Sleep deprivation reduces alertness, cognition, and reaction time. Fatigue in the workplace can also lead to irritability, absenteeism, accidents, errors, injuries and even fatalities.

Culture is everything

Work culture is an intangible ecosystem that makes some workplaces great to work, and other places toxic. In a nutshell, the ideology of a organisation is what constitutes its work culture.

A positive work culture can make or maim an employees performance. No matter how talented or smart someone is, a person can work to the best of their capabilities and creative skills when surrounded by an encouraging environment that values human resource. Humans are fundamentally simple, and a positive workplace culture impacts the way they think, act and reflect.

Don’t discount your pricing – value the service you deliver

When you offer a discount on your product or service, what are you saying to your prospect? You’re saying that you don’t believe enough in what you’re selling to sell it for the standard price. Discounting can give customers the impression that the services offered aren’t worth paying for. Focus instead, on the value of the product you are selling, on the excellent services you deliver.

Have a plan

A plan is a critical tool used not only within a business, but also on a personal level.

Writing a plan forces disciplined thinking. An idea may sound great, but as your write down all the details and the numbers, it may fall apart. Specific, measurable planning is absolutely essential – excellent ideas can be completely useless if you cannot formulate, execute and implement a strategic plan to make your idea work.

Commercial Litigation Lawyer: Sydney

The firm & role

This leading commercial law firm has a superb reputation in the commercial disputes team and are often working on high profile matters with high profile clients. Due to growth our client is looking to recruit a talented disputes lawyer with at least 2 to 4 years post admission experience. This role will see you working on matters that are being litigated in the superior courts.

A flavour of the work will include:

  • Corporate disputes;
  • Share-holder disputes;
  • Equity disputes;
  • Contractual disputes;
  • Passing off, competition, trade practices and consumer disputes;
  • Class actions;
  • Public law litigation

The partners in this team are wonderful mentors and give their lawyers, even at the more junior level, a fair amount of responsibility. This is a team where you will be kept busy and be challenged. Importantly, you will enjoy being developed and nurtured. This is an opportunity to work in a high performing team with high calibre litigators.

You

In order to be suitable, you will require a minimum of 2 years post-admission experience in litigation, ideally in the area of general commercial litigation. You will have a strong academic record and excellent drafting skills. You will be enthusiastic, have a strong work ethic and enjoy working on a variety of commercial disputes. You will be nurtured by the senior members of the team who love to teach and develop their lawyers.

The firm is progressive, dynamic and progression is always quick for their talented lawyers.

Our opinion

This is an excellent opportunity for the litigator who wants to ‘hands on’ experience. You will be enjoy the complexity of the work.

The Benefits

Our client boasts a supportive culture and friendly culture. On offer is a top of market salary package as well as some of the best litigation work in the country.

Apply Now

To apply for this role, please click here.

Contact

For a confidential candid discussion regarding this role or to explore other career opportunities please contact:

Marianna Tuccia BA; LLB

Ref No: MT17024
Email: marianna@empiregroup.careers
Phone: (02) 8227 7207

Job Opportunity: Corporate Lawyer

3 plus years to Senior Associate

Our client holds one of the most reputable Corporate teams in Melbourne. They have advised on some of Australia’s largest and most complex M&A, Capital Markets transactions and are now looking for an experienced Corporate Lawyer to join their growing Melbourne team.

Working alongside various high-profile Partners in the corporate practice, you will be involved in various matters relating to public and private M&A, capital raising for private equity clients and corporate advisory work. You will gain exposure across a broad range of sectors including mining, infrastructure, energy, financial services, health, media, technology and retail.

To be successful in this role you will have:

– Experience in a Corporate / M&A role
– Qualified/admitted to practice in Australia and holding a current unrestricted practicing certificate
– Detailed understanding of Australian corporate law and strong legal skills
– High level of attention to detail
– Excellent communication skills (verbally and in writing)
– A proactive, positive and energetic approach

This firm offers a dynamic, challenging and rewarding work environment. They are committed to recruiting, retaining and developing talented professional legal staff and offer a competitive rate of pay and excellent benefits. You will have the opportunity to be mentored by inspirational Leaders and gain access to high end work which will provide the basis for a long-term career role with real development.

If this sounds like a great opportunity for you, then please apply today!

Click here to apply now

APPLY NOW or for a confidential discussion please contact:

Sophie Tsiavas

Ref No: ST1782
Email: sophie@empiregroup.careers
Phone: (03) 8602 7404

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How to Prepare to Take Leave

how to take leave

Taking leave from work is always exciting and we all deserve a break from work and the opportunity to tune out. However, this is often harder in practice and depending on your chosen profession, can require careful planning and preparation.

Below we have listed some tips on how to ensure your time off work is as seamless as possible and your return to work, not so chaotic!

Prepare yourself!

Try to ensure you have all urgent/pressing work finished up prior to taking your leave, not only for your own sake, but also for that of your colleagues and clients/customers. Try to plan ahead and complete any work you can in advance, the more prepared you are in the weeks leading up to your leave, the more seamless your break from work will be. Don’t forget to also set up an automatic reply on your email inbox prior to going away.

Prepare your colleagues!

When preparing to take leave, it is also essential to prepare your colleagues. Remind your colleagues in the weeks leading up to your leave when you will be going and ensure to send them calendar invites so they are aware of the exact dates. You should also select a colleague that you work most closely with to specifically help cover you. For this colleague, you should provide detailed instructions on everything that needs to be done to cover your desk and anything you require them to do. Your colleagues will only be all too happy to help you out while you are away from your desk and will know that in return, you will do the same. We suggest having a comprehensive written brief and instructions left for your colleagues as well as verbally explaining the list and ensuring your colleague or colleagues have a full understanding.

Prepare your manager!

Your manager should be aware of your time off work well in advance as you would have had to request Annual Leave. However, in the weeks leading up to your leave, it would also be useful to have another in-depth discussion with your manager to ensure they are aware of any significant deadlines or duties that need to be performed/met in your absence. This can ensure that if for whatever reason your colleagues run into problems, your manager is across the situation and can step in if needed.

Prepare your clients/external stakeholders!

If you work with customers, clients or any other external stakeholders, it is important that you inform them of your leave in advance. It may also be necessary (depending on your area of work and length of leave) to introduce the colleague who will covering for you. This can ensure a smooth transition and that customers and clients are put at ease whilst you are away.

Having followed the above tips before you prepare to take leave, you should be able to leave your desk stress free and enjoy your holiday!

Bon Voyage!

Written by Caitlin Chapman – Recruitment Consultant (Legal Support) Sydney NSW

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Why you need a recruiter to get it right

Written by Libby Mizrahi (LLB) (Hons) – Recruitment Consultant (Legal Professional) Melbourne, VIC

Often we are asked about the benefit of using a recruitment agency. There are loads of recruitment agencies in Australia, which in itself can be confusing. It can be a bit like shopping in that you need to try a few before you find the one (or two) that really ‘get’ you.

With so many jobs being advertised and the horrible feeling of not being considered for the roles you apply directly for; a well-connected agent can be exactly what you need. So, how can your recruiter help you?

  • It’s what we do! We have the active positions across practice areas and industry knowledge about what’s happening in the market and potential opportunities.
  • We have long established market contacts throughout Australia and also further abroad!
  • We can support you with finding a position that is going to be the best fit for you, both career wise and personally.
  • We can help you with tailoring your resume so it has the impact you need it to.
  • We also assist with interview preparation to help you impress in an interview.
  • If you have questions that you don’t feel comfortable to ask directly we can help!
  • We can describe the culture of a firm to you to ensure that you make a fully informed decision.
  • We support you right through the initial days, weeks and months of your new role, you will always have a sounding board with us!

When people put their trust in us to help them with such an important decision in their career, it’s not something that we take lightly. Using an agent shouldn’t feel like an annoying middle person, it should instead feel like a new support network and be an excellent way of understanding the market you are tackling and increasing your chances of success.

 

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How to resign when you change jobs

Written by April O’ Dempsey – Recruitment Consultant (Legal Support) Brisbane, QLD

People change jobs periodically these days and here are some tips you can do to make sure your resignation goes well:

Make sure you tell your supervisor first and preferably in person, but always follow up with an email. Avoid telling anyone else at the firm as news about resignations travel fast.

Make sure you give your full notice period.  You never know when you will need your supervisor/manager to be a referee for you so always leave a role on a good note.  Also, once you have resigned, make sure you use your remaining time to do the work necessary and to complete all of your tasks.

Always tell the truth as to why are you leaving and be prepared to explain your reasons for leaving.  But make sure you explain the reasons without hurting anyone’s feelings and keep it as positive as possible.  If you cannot think of any honest and positive feedback then focus on your new job and why you have accepted this.

If your employer asks you what salary you were offered, be prepared that he/she may want to match this offer or get you a higher offer.  Keep in mind your reasons for wanting to leave and that a counter offer doesn’t usually work out in the long run.

Overall, once you have resigned, it is best that you stay professional and don’t burn any bridges.