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My Next Move: I want a fresh start in 2012. Is now a good time to look for a new job?

My Next Move: I want a fresh start in 2012. Is now a good time to look for a new job?

Yes, absolutely! Now is an ideal time to search for a new job as firms have been looking at their headcount for the year, have decided what to do and now want to see CVs and meet with candidates.

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A lot of the “possible” vacancies that we were told about at the end of last year have been cleared and firms are now very keen to recruit. For some firms, being cautious in terms of recruitment has previously
meant they are now actively seeking candidates to fill roles that have become urgent.
From a candidate’s point of view, it takes time to move jobs, it is a very important decision to make, and therefore it needs to be thought about carefully. At the same time, I encourage lawyers to put themselves out there more,and actively explore what is around instead of being too cautious and presume that now is not a good time to make a move and just ‘window shop’ without actually pursuing or achieving anything.
Those ideal jobs will be snapped up before they know it, and by the time they have made their minds up, it’s too late.
Nationally, firms are always keen to meet with lawyers of a good calibre, with a solid career history and strong academics, and we are seeing a huge demand in litigation, banking and finance, corporate, insurance, IP and employment.
Energy and resources lawyers still remain very attractive to Perth and Brisbane-based firms. In property,
we are seeing demand more so for lawyers at the senior end.
Even if a candidate is just thinking of moving to a new role at this stage, it is worth looking at the market and finding out about roles which are potentially suitable. You never know what is out there awaiting
you and unless you put yourself out there, the thought of a new role will remain just that.
My Next Move: I want a fresh start in 2012. Is now a good time to look for a new job?
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