A In this market "flexibility of thinking" is the key. It is wise to consider all your options - including those with your current employer. If your present job is not satisfying, can you do anything to improve it? Can you take on more responsibilities? If in private practice, is a secondment an option?
While it is true that lawyers are finding it more difficult in this climate to source their next career move, firms, companies and government entities are still recruiting, albeit more cautiously.
You need to think laterally. If your employer is winding down it may be better to stay through the process rather than take a redundancy. The experience and skills you gain are valuable in this market. I know of lawyers who have gone on to build successful specialist consultancies through this experience.
Finally, you need to consider all options - including contract and part time opportunities - because they may be extended or turn into permanent/ full time roles.
- With Joanne Glanz, Executive Consultant (NSW) at Mahlab Recruitment
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