The pandemic has certainly forced change throughout businesses in the US. For law firms, in particular, by April 2020 more than 50 large firms had conducted pay cuts, layoffs, furloughs, or adjusted their summer programs. Firms and businesses had to modernize their technology and prepare for working from home on a massive scale. Travel lessened, as did an emphasis on brick-and-mortar offices. Law firm revenue wasn’t as negatively impacted as expected, at least early on in the pandemic.
Despite these changes, offer and acceptance rates have been near or at historical highs for law firms. And, as expected, the economic downturn practice areas have been busy: Labor & Employment, Family Law, Restructuring / Bankruptcy, Insurance, Healthcare, Trusts & Estates, and Tax. On the corporate side, businesses in the Shipping and Logistics, Online Education, and Technology sectors have continued to grow.
With hiring continuing, job hunting during a pandemic doesn’t have to be so daunting. If you enjoy your job but want to change companies, you can seek out networking opportunities to meet people from other organizations. However, if you are considering a bigger change, going through a three-part process of “ask, access, and act” can be helpful to ensure you land a job you love.
Regardless of whether you are looking for a career change or simply to change organizations, networking is critical to success. Networking during a pandemic can be a bit different so here are some tips to do so effectively:
Job hunting anytime can be very difficult, but in this time of uncertainty and limited movement, it can be even more intimidating. Don’t be discouraged. Law firms and corporations are still hiring, and it is just as risky to do nothing as it is to do something. I hope that this article has provided you the tips and confidence to jump start your networking or make your next career move. If you want more details and/or to discuss this topic further, feel free to reach out to me at DJones@lighthouseglobal.com.
As Vice President of Service Delivery, Debora manages all client-facing and operations functions related to ediscovery services including Client Onboarding, eDiscovery Technical Services, Client Services PMs, Expert Solutions Services, Continuous Improvement, Quality & Operational Excellence departments. Debora also plays an essential role on the company’s executive team by collaborating around new markets, and by bringing a customer-centric and pragmatic approach to achieving corporate and customer goals. She is responsible for building out a robust team of legal and technology experts, driving forward partnerships focused on delighting clients, and driving quality and efficiency throughout her teams. Debora’s background as a litigator and buyer, as well as her vast client-facing and operational experience will enable Lighthouse to provide the high-caliber, consultative client experience, the company is known for.
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