Diane was responsive, professional, and extremely perceptive
I had the bad luck of conducting a job search during the fall of 2008, when the market was in a freefall and law firms were loath to take on new associates. Under these circumstances, I expected the process to be long and agonizing with no guarantee of success. To my great surprise, Diane Rifkin steered me through this tough economy, and together we scored a position that I would be proud to have in the best of times. Diane was responsive, professional, and extremely perceptive. I didn´t want just another run-of-the-mill job at a big law firm, but rather a position with a group of attorneys who would appreciate my unique background and experience–and treat me accordingly. Diane tailored her approach, using her extensive contacts, to meet this goal. I recommend her services without any reservations.
Work with Diane – you will be so impressed!
My experience with Diane has resurrected my belief in and respect for legal recruiting as a profession! I thought I would not need a recruiter – I came from a Vault 20 firm, and believed that if I approached firms myself, I would have a better chance at landing a great offer since the firm would not have to pay a recruiter’s fee. I was so mistaken. Diane has personal relationships with all the firms – large to mid-size to small – in Orange County that cannot replace a resume. She was able to get me interviews at firms that I never could have received by directly contacting the firm. Being an attorney herself, however, she also wants to assist attorneys in their career crossroads, and will literally spend hours talking with you about your career trajectory, personality style and what really is the next best step for you. She will go through her extensive resources to find you the perfect fit – if she thinks you won’t be happy at a particular firm, she will tell you so, even if that means she could have received a hefty finder’s fee by placing you at that firm. There are so many shady recruiters who will blindly mass-mail your resume even when there isn’t an opening at that firm. That means you are effectively “locked out” of applying when a position does open up! She does not do that! She personally writes individualized cover letters and talks to her contacts at the firm before she sends your resume out. She was more than just a fantastic recruiter, but also a mentor, guide and friend. Don’t go with any other recruiting firm, including those on-line ones that claim to give you a placement fee. Your career, happiness and well-being are worth so much more than that. Work with Diane – you will be so impressed!
She was extremely responsive to my questions
Diane was a wonderful resource during my job search. She was extremely responsive to my questions, gave me tips on fine-tuning my resume and cover letter, and provided material that helped me prepare for interviews. She is very professional and knows the industry. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to transition.
Diane set herself apart from the others by being exceptionally well-connected
I reached out to numerous legal recruiters in the Southern California area. Diane set herself apart from the others by being exceptionally well-connected, exceptionally professional, and exceptionally helpful. Within 48 hours, she contacted dozens of people and found several promising opportunities. In addition to finding these opportunities, she spent several hours consulting with me over the phone and via email. I can unreservedly recommend her, and will do so for the rest of my career.
Diane was the only recruiter to present me with several unique opportunities
I approached the Rifkin Consulting attorney placement agency in the spring of 2009. Law firms were shedding lawyers fast and furious and I was looking for a job. Most of my conversations with legal recruiters took the tone of a therapy session, with the recruiter telling me not to worry too much because even though things looked bad now, the economy would turn around eventually. Not with Diane. My first conversation with Diane lasted nearly an hour, during which we really got to know each other. By the end of the conversation, Diane understood my goals and felt confident that we would reach them together. I worked with several recruiters during this time and I knew that Diane was in the know and looking out for me because she always approached me with opportunities first, while other recruiters approached me with the same opportunities several days later. While most other recruiters presented the same small universe of recycled openings, Diane was the only recruiter to present me with several unique opportunities.
When Diane asked me to consider an opening at a Century City firm I was thrilled about the possibility of working with a firm that I had long admired. Diane remained intimately involved throughout the inordinately long interview process, helping me to prepare for each phase. With Diane’s assistance, I ultimately landed the position. I would highly recommend Diane and Rifkin Consulting to any lawyer looking for a legal recruiter who treats you like a valued client, takes the time to understand your goals, and remains committed until you reach those goals together. I will recommend Diane and Rifkin Consulting to all of my friends and will use them again, though hopefully not any time soon.
I strongly recommend Diane to anyone looking for an attorney position in Orange County
Dedicated and professional. Diane takes the time to find the right match. She knows Orange County firms. She discussed what I wanted and only sent my resume to those firms that met my needs.
Diane uses her contacts at Orange County’s top law firms to give her recruits an advantage. Through one of her contacts, she arranged an interview for me three weeks before the firm publicly announced the position.
I strongly recommend Diane to anyone looking for an attorney position in Orange County.
In a difficult job market, Diane was able to find the perfect position for me
In a difficult job market, Diane was able to find the perfect position for me. I was looking for a non-traditional part-time position with some flexibility and she found me exactly what I was looking for.
She always looked out for my best interests
Diane Rifkin was an extremely professional, friendly, efficient, responsive and determined recruiter. Throughout my job search, she consistently and conscientiously counseled me with critical and constructive advice that unquestionably played a pivotal part in placing me in the precise position I was looking for at a top tier firm. She always looked out for my best interests and I felt personally represented. You can tell Dianbe truly cares about his candidates.
All of Diane’s front work paid off
Diane took the time to really get to know me before even considering submitting me to firms. Then she carefully considered each firm in light of my interests, needs and wants. She spent significant time discussing with me which firms she and I felt were goods fits for me. All of Diane’s front work paid off: All it took was one interview (with a great firm) and an offer followed. I now have my dream job. Thanks Rifkin Consulting!
Your great advice helped me to develop my application materials
Again, thanks for all your help with my job search these past months. Your great advice helped me to develop my application materials and enhance my job hunting and networking skills, which will be very beneficial to me as my search continues. I know many California attorneys from UCLA Law, and will undoubtedly encounter someone who needs an excellent recruiter in California. When that happens, I’ll be happy to highly recommend that they contact you.
I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from Diane and Rifkin Consulting
Diane always took the time to listen to and address any concerns I had, and became a trusted advisor. She is incredibly responsive, knowledgeable, professional and personable. She also has great relationships in the legal community which enable her to learn of new opportunities before they are made public. Diane provided thorough guidance at each step of the search process and helped me to end up exactly where I wanted to be. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the service I received from Diane and Rifkin Consulting.
Personable, Expert, High Integrity
Diane’s professionalism, dedication, and personal attention to me as a candidate were a breath of fresh air. I would highly recommend her as a legal recruiter.
Diane immediately found a perfect placement for me
At the time I met Diane, after I had been searching for a job in the 2009 legal market for close to a year, I was in desperate need of encouragement. Diane immediately found a perfect placement for me. In the days leading up to my interview, she thoroughly prepared me so that I could walk in with the confidence that I had lost during my search. After the interview, she stayed in constant communication with the firm and gave me frequent updates. Then, when the offer finally came, she took the time to discuss it with me to ensure that I made the right choice. Since starting at my new firm, I now appreciate just what a good fit it was for me. I am also grateful that she swooped in to help just when the job search was starting to feel hopeless. Thank you for all that you’ve done!
…your responsiveness and good judgement along the way led me to at truly rewarding career
It has been about three months since I joined Rutan & Tucker as a partner in our Labor and Employment Department, and I thought now might be a good time to thank you again for your professional assistance in facilitating my move here. Your attention to my needs and interests, your initiative in creating and introducing me to an opportunity that matched my interests, and your responsiveness and good judgement along the way led me to at truly rewarding career change. On to of all that, it was always such a pleasure to work with you.
Thanks again, Diane, and please feel free to let me know if I can do anything to recommend your services to others.
Diane is a sincere and consummate professional
Diane really works with you through every step of the recruiting process to ensure that you understand that you are not just another “client” looking for another job. I was impressed with her ability to listen and develop a plan based on my needs and preferences. Diane is a sincere and consummate professional and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a legal job transition.
Diane truly wants her candidate to find the right fit
At a time when seeking new employment opportunities can be a scary proposition, Diane Rifkin makes the experience as easy and painless as possible. Her intimate knowledge of the local legal community and her relationships with various firms put her candidates at a distinct advantage. Most refreshing, however, is that Diane really cares about her candidates. It is simply not enough to place a candidate in a new position, Diane truly wants her candidate to find the right fit. I would absolutely recommend Diane to anyone looking to make a career move.
…your work was extremely effective
I cannot thank you enough for all of your great help during a difficult time in my career. Working with a competitor was discouraging, but your work was extremely effective and I appreciate your capabilities so much more. I look forward to working with you again and hope to keep in touch.
My experience was excellent. You made the process easy
Diane, it was a pleasure working with you and Rifkin Consulting. My experience was excellent. You made the process easy. You brought out my best qualities, you were diligent with law firms, and best of all, your awareness of the happenings at law firms enabled us to apply before a position was even posted. I wouldn’t have got the job without you. Thank you.
She was supportive, proactive, and persistent
Diane impressed me very much during my job search. She was supportive, proactive, and persistent. She kept me informed when she said she would, and used her connections to get me interviews that were not even generally known by other recruiters in the industry. Diane did a stellar job and I would not hesitate in recommending her.
…one of the best legal recruiters in the industry
From a candidate’s perspective, I always believed I was getting honest advice and trusted Rifkin Consulting immediately…they possess and always project a positive attitude. They were always encouraging and provided useful advice and suggestions…I found Rifkin Consulting to always be accessible and sensitive to the often stressful, frustrating and time-sensitive nature of the legal hiring process…they were consistently thorough in tailoring submissions on my behalf, and diligent in following up on those submissions in a tactful manner…one of the best legal recruiters in the industry.
When looking for a position in the Orange County area, Diane is the go-to contact
I endorse Diane Rifkin in the strongest possible terms. When looking for a position in the Orange County area, Diane is the go-to contact. She took the time to understand exactly what I was looking for, and then she hit the pavement to root out every worthy opportunity. She keeps you informed along the way and follows up after you have landed the job to make sure you’re happy. She’s a professional through and through–and she’s a great person to boot.
Even in a struggling economy, I was able to secure a job offer
It is Diane’s experience and reputation that distinguishes Rifkin Consulting as one of the premier Attorney Search Firms in California. She not only know the law firms in the area, but she has developed a relationship with those firms. Even in a struggling economy, I was able to secure a job offer through her efforts. I wholeheartedly recommend Rifking Consulting to any attorney looking for another position.
I had several interview and landed the position
Diane did a terrific job of learning about my background and what I was looking for from a law firm. Based on our discussions, she told me about an opening that satisfied my criteria, and she made sure that I knew everything I needed to know about the position and the firm in general. Within a couple of weeks, I had several interview and landed the position. I wholeheartedly recommend Diane Rifkin!
I truly appreciate you!
Thank you for your assistance with my application. I truly appreciate you!
I recommend Ms. Rifkin’s services to anyone looking to work with a reliable and knowledge recruiter
Ms. Rifkin was generous with her knowledge and time when she drove out to Loyola Law School for a speaker event. She has an engaging presence, insightful advice, and a desire to help people. As the Speaker Chair for the Liaison Committee for Los Angeles County Barristers, it was a true pleasure to work with Ms. Rifkin because she is organized, easily accessible, and on time. Ms. Rifkin made my job much easier. I recommend Ms. Rifkin’s services to anyone looking to work with a reliable and knowledge recruiter for the legal profession
I am finally working at a firm whose interests and priorities are identical to my own
After making a series of wrong-turns in terms of the firms I selected, I turned to Diane to help steer me (and my career) back onto course. She did just that. Through an invaluable combination of her professional (yet good-natured) demeanor, her active listening skills, her sound judgment, her established contacts, and above all else, her obvious desire to put me in the right place (not just any place), I am finally working at a firm whose interests and priorities are identical to my own. Since I don’t plan on leaving this firm anytime soon, I look forward to working with Diane on “the other side” when I am in the market for legal talent.
She worked on my job search consistently
Diane Rifkin proved to be an invaluable resource in my recent search for an associate position. She listened to my concerns about the location and type of firm that would suit me and acted accordingly. She worked on my job search consistently for more than a year (I was not in a hurry), and over that period of time was successful in obtaining a number of interviews.
Diane seems to have good relationships with many of the firm’s decision makers and hiring partners in Orange County. In addition, I was pleased with the cover letter that Diane prepared, and I appreciate her advice in helping me to revive me resume. I would highly recommend Diane to another lawyer looking for a new opportunity.
In the end, she helped me land the job I wanted
Diane Rifkin came highly recommended . . . and now I understand why. I was a “hard to place” candidate, but Diane persevered with me. She took time to understand my background and needs and why I wanted to make a change. Even though I was a fifth year associate who wasn’t on law review and didn’t have big firm experience, Diane knew my academic credentials and professional background made me the right fit for a particular boutique firm.
Diane was professional, approachable, and genuinely concerned for me. She revised my resume and prepared me for interviews. She was accessible all through the process. She always responded promptly to emails and phone calls. Diane did a great job following up with the client firm and keeping me in the loop. In the end, she helped me land the job I wanted. Diane is the best. I recommend her without reservation.
Diane was prompt, attentive and truthful throughout the entire application process
I cannot say enough good things about Diane and Rifkin Consulting. Diane took the time to understand my background, professional skills and goals. She utilized the long lost art of listening to help usher me towards a great opportunity. Like many others at Rifkin, Diane was prompt, attentive and truthful throughout the entire application process. Rifkin representatives have a great relationship with the partners at the firm I wanted to join (having placed quality candidates there a few years before), and this helped in advancing me beyond others in the candidate pool. Thank you Diane and Rifkin Consulting!
…it was always such a pleasure to work with you
Your attention to my needs and interests, your initiative in creating and introducing me to an opportunity that matched my interests, and your responsiveness and good judgment along the way led me to a truly rewarding career change. On top of all that, it was always such a pleasure to work with you.
She facilitated every step of the process, kept me informed, and was always available
I was looking for a very particular position as far as the billable hour requirement, type of work, and business development expectations. Diane really listened to what I wanted and worked hard to find a position that fit my needs. She facilitated every step of the process, kept me informed, and was always available. I highly recommend Rifkin Consulting.
I appreciated her persistence in presenting opportunities
Diane and her team were excellent. I appreciated her listening and candor. In addition, I appreciated her persistence in presenting opportunities; listening to what I had to say about them; and, helping me follow what I thought was best. Diane was always available to answer my questions and help out. I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to work with Rifkin Consulting.
I would use them again should the need arise
What impressed me most about Rifkin Consulting was their honest commitment to finding me the best placement based on listening to my needs and wishes…my resume was handled with the utmost confidence and care…without a second thought, I would use them again should the need arise.
To put it simply, Diane is the best
Prior to Diane, I had worked with several other recruiters with little success. Within a week of first speaking to Diane, she had secured me an interview at a top tier international law firm, and I was ultimately offered a position. Diane didn’t just drop my resume onto the hiring partner’s desk, rather, she was in contact with the partner almost daily to convince him why I was the best candidate. Throughout the process, Diane was an invaluable source of information, in addition to a sounding board for my concerns. Diane is like no recruiter I have ever used before, and I would never think of using another recruiter again. To put it simply, Diane is the best.
I have never believed that I needed the assistance of any legal recruiter—that is, until I met Diane Rifkin
As a Cum Laude graduate, Law Review, and Order of the Coif type, I have never believed that I needed the assistance of any legal recruiter—that is, until I met Diane Rifkin. Despite my credentials, big law firm and judicial clerkship experiences, I realize that using Diane Rifkin’s services provided opportunities that were not listed in the published job ads on the Internet. As a result of Diane’s superlative knowledge of the legal market and years of experiences, coupled her ability to understand my particular career objectives, Diane was immediately able to place me with her contacts that enable me to achieve my next career move. I am forever grateful for Diane’s careful attention to my needs, her hard work and constant support from the beginning of the application process to the final acceptance of the firm’s offer of employment to me. Thank you.
During my interview process I learned that Diane’s reputation is stellar amongst employers
Having been directly impacted by the real estate market recession, I turned to Diane Rifkin for help in securing a new position. Unlike other stages in my career, (notwithstanding Diane’s diligent help and intelligent advice) obtaining a job offer proved to be challenging. Nevertheless, Diane never gave up, nor did she suggest that I accept the first thing that came along.
Throughout the process, I came to believe that Diane is a true professional. Rather than attempting to place me quickly, as is often the trend among recruiters, she put much thought and time into the process. In contrast to other recruiting firms, Diane made an effort to discuss my qualifications personally with decision makers at law firms – both before and after submitting my resume. Contrary to her self interest, she even made me aware of opportunities at firms that would traditionally not work with recruiters so that I might approach them on my own if I chose.
Professionalism and kindness are not everything, however. Much of a recruiter’s business success relies on her ability to maintain good relationships with employers. During my interview process I learned that Diane’s reputation is stellar amongst employers, which, according to my experience, is not surprising.
I highly recommend Rifkin Consulting.
I landed a job at the firm at the top of the list, which was also my first choice
If you are looking for assistance in transitioning to a new legal position, I highly recommend the services of Ms. Diane Rifkin. Ms. Rifkin is not only extremely responsive and very discrete in providing her services to you, but she also does an excellent job of assessing your abilities and personality in order to introduce you to those firms that will best meet your needs and fulfill your goals. After an exchange of correspondence and a meeting with me, Ms. Rifkin set forth the three firms that she thought would be a good fit for me. Sure enough, with Ms. Rifkin’s assistance, I landed a job at the firm at the top of the list, which was also my first choice. Throughout the process, Ms. Rifklin kept in touch with me by e-mail and calls to my cell, which was my preference, to debrief each interview, to provide me with feedback from each law firm I interviewed with, and to apprise me of the next steps in the hiring process. In addition, Ms. Rifkin negotiated the terms of my employment with my new firm providing me with a competitive salary and an opportunity for a salary increase at the end of my first six months at the firm.
I am very appreciative to Ms. Rifkin for all of her hard work in helping me find a position I am very happy and satisfied.
Diane was patient and always helpful
Diane assisted me in making a lateral move from a big to medium size law firm, a process that I pursued on and off for about five to six months. During this time, Diane was patient and always helpful, informing me of new opportunities that fit well with my goals and interests and never recommending firms just for the sake of business. Moreover, whenever I went for interviews, Diane almost always had useful insight into the firm and interviewing attorneys and would offer practical and beneficial advice. I strongly recommend Diane to any attorney looking to make a move elsewhere.
I can comfortably say that Diane stands apart
Having experienced how other placement services operate first hand, I can comfortably say that Diane stands apart. What was particularly great about working with Diane is that she took real time to learn my background, interests, and needs before presenting opportunities. With that, I was always confident that any opportunity we discussed was a good fit for me. The job search is exhausting enough without having to worry whether your placement service is really an asset. With Diane, I really did rest easy…I knew all bases were covered.
She uncovers leads that firms do not advertise
Diane Rifkin has been an incredibly attentive, thoughtful, and encouraging guide through the job search process. Diane really listens to her clients. She uncovers leads that firms do not advertise. She keeps her clients informed. And she always calls them back promptly. I cannot recommend Diane Rifkin more highly.
There is no way I’ll ever be able to adequately thank Diane for all she has done for me!
Because of Rifkin Consulting, I landed my dream job. Diane took the time to understand me and my objectives, and when coupled with her extensive network and industry knowledge, the result was a perfect match for me and my employer! Diane’s responsiveness and genuine commitment to my well being made the process of moving on after a decade with the same firm much easier. There is no way I’ll ever be able to adequately thank Diane for all she has done for me!
For every attorney recruiting search entrusted to Rifkin Consulting, we provide several options of uniquely qualified candidates. By expertly matching preeminent partners and highly talented associates, Rifkin Consulting naturally becomes a valued extension of a firm’s talent acquisition department.