Be flexible in all respects. This includes being flexible with respect to entry level, geography, and in just about any other way that flexibility is requested. Make no mistake-the market is currently dominated by the law firms' needs. Be ready to show that you understand this fact and are willing to adjust accordingly.
Exercise scrutiny if working with a recruiter. It is always important to pick carefully when choosing to work with a recruiter. But in the current market, this is absolutely crucial. You need to make sure you are working with an ethical recruiter who will be honest about the openings s/he can offer and who will also tell you if you are better off submitting to a particular firm on your own. Your recruiter should be a resource that is helping you whether this storm-not someone who is making a difficult search impossible.
Work all angles. Do not underestimate the importance of marketing yourself. Reach out to colleagues and other professional contacts. As long as you are confident that the person to whom you are reaching out will protect the confidentiality of your search, there isn't anyone who is off limits. Contact your law school's career services office and spend some time combing through legal periodicals yourself. In this market, you must be extremely proactive (without becoming a stalker).
Don't give up. Most attorneys are individuals who have been extremely successful their entire lives. It is sometimes shocking that all of sudden, finding a new job is not only difficult but also a bit frustrating. Do not give up. There are already signs that the market will turn around. And, for those who achieve the right balance between persistence and patience, it will work out in the end.Partners:
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