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It’s Been A Week and I Haven’t Heard Anything
By Julie Lehrman

If you are embarking on a job search in the current legal market, it will require you to simultaneously have the patience of a saint as well as be prepared to respond to a potential opportunity at a moment’s notice.  Hiring is always driven by law firms, of course, and given the current market conditions firms are not only being more cautious with their hiring but also have an incredibly large pool of applicants from which to choose for each position.  The combination of these two factors alone means that even if you are a very strong candidate, it can often take a few weeks to hear a response either way.

Believe me, I am just as impatient to hear back as my candidates – after all, I want to get them great jobs as soon as possible!  But I also understand the concerns of law firms when it comes to the perils of lateral hiring, the need to screen for the best possible candidate who will stick around for the longest possible time, and the incredible amount of work it takes on the part of a law firm’s recruiting coordinator to review resumes, get feedback from busy partners, manage interview schedules, and correspond with applicants and recruiters on top of their regular human resources duties.

That being said, however, you have to also be ready to respond and do your best to make yourself available for interviews on short notice should an opportunity arise.  Given the relatively small number of jobs available, you do not want to miss out on an opportunity because another candidate was able to interview and fill the position more quickly than you.  It is a good idea to stay on top of your schedule, and even to let your recruiter know what your current availability looks like every few weeks or so just so they have that information on hand if and when they receive an interview request for you.

All this is a long way of saying that it is a buyer’s market, so have patience and try not to get frustrated with how much time your job search takes, but be ready to jump on an interview request right away if it comes up!

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