Laszlo Bock is Google’s SVP of People Operation. He’s hosting an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit to discuss Google, people, and probably performance.

Here’s a link to Bock’s AMA.

Reddit user orangejulius asks this question:

How would you recommend attorneys market themselves to work in industries outside of law at a place like Google?

The legal market is really saturated and attorneys who don’t make it to big law often end up scraping by with an enormous amount of student debt. They’re hard working, but often it seems employers view them as employees who would leave immediately to go practice law or something.

And here is Bock’s response:

For most employers, it’s tough because they look for specialized expertise. In my experience most people switching fields take a step back / pay cut. That said, look for something that’s as adjacent as possible (e.g., policy, communications) and work from there. You can describe a lot of your legal experiences in ways that also highlight skills that are relevant to those fields.

For Google, apply for any job that looks good. We hire based on our assessment of problem solving, leadership, etc and care way, way less about what field you’re coming from.

Hope that helps!

Update: I decided to join in the AMA action and asked a question:

I know Google is all about analytics. What 3 little analytics lessons can smaller companies implement to help them hire great people and develop their current employees?

To which Laszlo responded:

  1. Hire objectively (eg, have a hiring committee make the decision, not the manager; define job attributes up front and actually interview for them)

  2. Get rid of toxic people fast – even if it’s expensive.

  3. Check out our Project Oxygen work – it’s a checklist that automatically improves manager quality.

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1 Comment

Jordan · May 1, 2015 at 3:05 pm

Glad to see some genuinely intriguing questions were asked! Cool to get insight like this. Thanks so much for sharing!

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