At ESQ Recruiting, we receive an average of fifty attorney resumes per day for open legal positions by applicants conducting an attorney job search. The quality of applicants is simply incredible. Corporate legal departments and law firms alike have been conducting massive layoffs, and an unprecedented number of lawyers are now looking to find their next job.
Attorney job searches are also taking longer.
The average time it took for an unemployed lawyer to find a legal position — full or part time — rose to 19.8 weeks compared with 17.5 weeks a year ago, underscoring the increasing difficulty the out-of-work are having in finding a new job. The more senior level attorneys, particularly those at the general counsel level, can see their attorney job search stretch to a year or more.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for attorneys job-hunting during a recession:
Cry a little, but get back on the horse quickly.
Back on the horse, chose your path carefully.
So now that you are ready to get started again, you may start to panic a little. It’s been a couple of weeks, and you are reading about the thousands of other unemployed attorneys searching for jobs – your first impulse may be to start sending out your legal resume to every single attorney job available. After all, something is bound to stick, right?
Sending your legal resume all over town in the course of your job search will only set you up for more failure, and take you right off your horse. It may be counterintuitive, but you have to start by assessing your skills, figure out what you have to offer, and who would be best served by hiring someone like you. In other words, you have to be open-minded, but selective.
This is not an easy task, and many unemployed attorneys skip right over this step in a rush to find their next job. In an environment where many of your colleagues will be looking as well, it is important to identify what makes you unique.
It should look something like this:
By: Vanessa Vidal