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Preparation is key for lawyers considering changing job roles

Preparation is key for lawyers considering changing job roles

With the economy showing signs of recovery, many lawyers are hoping it will mark a chance to further their careers. Our experts suggest that now is the time to start making preparations if you…

With the economy showing signs of recovery, many lawyers are hoping it will mark a chance to further their careers. Our experts suggest that now is the time to start making preparations if you are thinking of making a change in the near future.

Many lawyers are looking at the economic climate, and thinking "With the economic market beginning to turn, I want to further my career. How can I best position myself?"

As the market picks up, securing your next role is likely to be more competitive than in the past 12-18 months.

Market conditions have meant many employees, including lawyers, have remained with their current employer longer than they would have intended or liked. If you wish to change roles within the next six months, now is the time you should be making your preparations.

Update your resume and keep an eye out for roles that call for someone with your skills and experience. While you are waiting for the right role, you should concentrate on developing your technical skills wherever possible. Take on a more varied caseload, and ensure any work you do is timely and of high quality. Also, build on your business development and networking skills.

Finally, speak to a quality recruitment consultant who can give you advice on the market and moving your career to the next level.

Nalini Moore, senior consultant, Mahlab Recruitment (Vic)

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