It' usually bad for your career when the boss sends you a letter that says, "I wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors." That's what President Donald Trump did May 9 to now-former FBI Director James Comey.
Comey's firing is unlikely to result in a major career setback, said Jeffrey Lowe, global practice leader in legal search firm Major, Lindsey & Africa’s Washington, D.C., office. He connects law firms and former government officials.
"It's very common for top government people pretty much everywhere to move over into private practice or go in-house," Lowe told Bloomberg BNA May 10. "I think for obvious reasons he became very politicized, not that he created it."
Trump's termination letter cited concerns with how Comey handled an investigation into a private email server Hillary Clinton used while she was secretary of state.
"With him specifically, I think he has had such a distinguished career and I think there will still be a very large segment of the population that will be very happy to have him," Lowe said.
Companies like to hire former government officials because they're seen as subject matter experts who know key decision makers, he said. "It's huge business in Washington, D.C.," Lowe said.