Is There a Risk of Confidentiality Breach When Applying for a Job
[00:00:00] I started my search by applying to positions posted on LinkedIn, which has proven ineffective. Not encouraging, but I have a lot to offer and determined to find a position that is a better fit for me.
Is it normal to feel dishonest, searching for a job and,
What other avenues would you recommend searching for?
Okay. If you're applying for positions on LinkedIn, that's a good resource, of course, but anytime you're applying to positions on a job board like LinkedIn, that means that you're applying to positions that other people are also applying to, in mass and that can make it much more for you to find a position.
It depends on what kind of qualities you have. I think recruiters are good. Definitely recruiters can. I get people jobs every day, so a good recruiter can work because they have access to a lot of information.
Direct mailings can work, if they get to the right people. Direct mailings are very effective. Also, just researching firms in your practice area online just with Google is very good and then so other resources. We have one called, LawCrossing Concierge, and then we have another one called, LawCrossing.
Those are [00:01:00] two good sources of jobs you can certainly use, but then, I always recommend applying to as many places as you can. The benefit of LawCrossing, in addition to showing you active jobs, it's showing you jobs that other people aren't applying to, because they're not being posted publicly.
So then maybe on the law firms website, maybe in the employers website. So that's good. Your other question, isn't normal to feel dishonest, searching for a job? I don't think so. The reason is because, if I call a partner in any large law firm in the country and I have a better opportunity for them, the odds are probably 50 50, they're gonna talk to me and we'll go out and interview.
I know, I dunno if it's 50-50, it might be more dependent on the market and the firm they're at. But, most people that are smart about their career are always looking for something new. And that doesn't mean that you should be a job hopper. But, if there's something wrong about why your position is not a better fit, by all means talk to people. Now, there's different benefits of searching for a job in different ways.
One of the things that I've noticed as a recruiter is it's extremely rare. It's only happened to [00:02:00] my candidates. I think one time when a candidate had done something illegal that a firm that got his resume knew about. And they contacted his existing firm. Other than that, never in tens of thousands of candidates I've worked with. I've never had an issue come up where someone's confidentiality has been disturbed. I think that law firms are very careful about disturbing the confidentiality and let it not leak out if a recruiters involved, because then the recruiter will stop doing business with them and tell other people. So a recruiter can protect your confidentiality.
There are some risks, your confidentiality when you're applying to stuff on your own, but almost never. Large law firms, aren't gonna disturb your confidentiality. I suppose it's possible, but most law firms won't. The only time you get into that maybe are with, small law firms and small markets for two attorneys know each other and are competitive and are jerks.
But that, that really happens as well. So that's the only concern I would have about looking for a job. But, very few employers ever will disturb your confidentiality.