It’s no secret – or at least a terribly-kept one – that today’s job market is incredibly tough. The promises of yesteryear that, once you become a qualified lawyer, the world of newly-qualified associate roles will spread itself out in front of you, have gone. No More. Ceased to be. Like a departed parrot. Sorry, that’s enough Monty Python.
Not only has the state of the legal job market declined in terms of associate positions on offer, but the level of competition for those roles – which was already plenty high enough years ago – has continued to increase year on year, thanks to more and more training providers enticing and encouraging more and more students into their hallowed (or not so hallowed?) halls.
Add to this uncomfortable job market the fact that the legal employment landscape itself has changed and life becomes more and more uncertain for those unfortunates who are still looking for that big break. So, how has the legal employment landscape changed over the past few years?
Contract Attorney Central only recently picked up a copy of Laurence Simons’ Global Legal Salary Survey & Market Trend Report. A leading international legal recruiter, Laurence Simons‘ research should provide us with some enormously useful information. So Contract Attorney Central poured over their research into some of the current trends in finding a new role.
- When asked how they found their current position, nearly a third of all respondents said that it was through a recruitment agency, showing that this remains the most popular and effective method.
- Broadly the same number of respondents found their current role either through their professional network or other personal contact.
- Oddly, in this digital age, only 1% found their current role through social media, however, 50% of respondents still consider social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook as being important when seeking a new role.
- When asked how long it took to find their current position, 83% said they found theirs within 6 months, with 35% taking less than 1 month to secure a new role.
- 92% of all respondents had found their current position within a year of first looking.
These figures seem to paint a very rosy picture of the legal job market, which is at odds with our experience at Contract Attorney Central, both personally and anecdotally.
Here at Contract Attorney Central, we agree with some of the findings, insofar that our first port of call when looking for a new role is always the recruiters. However, always keep in mind that your co-contract attorneys will have their ears to the ground too, so they will also be a gold mine of information. So long as they’re willing to share it, that is! Stay close, stay connected and you should be able to find your next role soon.
So how about you, Contract Attorney Central readers? What do you think is the most important and effective method of finding a new role? How long did it take you to find your current position and what is that position – is it contract attorney work or an associate/other legal role? As for employers, where do you concentrate your new employment efforts?
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