Even prior to Covid-19, we frequently spoke with lawyers who would describe themselves as ‘busy’.
We’re all busy. How often do we get the time to think about our career goals and position ourselves for
success? Regardless of whether you’re currently employed, now is a great time to pause, take a step
back, and assess your career thus far.
Our general advice is that you should always have a sense of where your career is going. Yes, these are
unprecedented times, but that doesn’t mean you should ‘coast’ on your career. Obviously, other factors
do come into consideration – say you’re unemployed and there are other obligations in your life making it
impossible for you to have too big a gap on your CV. In this case, an alternative would be to take up a
contractual role, if available.
If you’re actively seeking opportunities, it’s important to seek out advice from knowledgeable recruitment
consultants with expertise in the legal market. Friends and family may lend a sympathetic ear; however,
you need advice from an expert on managing your career now and in the future. Your legal recruiter may
not have an immediate role for you, but they can provide up-to-date information on the market, work with
you to identify your career goals, give advice on updating your CV, and connect you with the right role
when it comes about. It’s about networking – this pandemic shouldn’t stop us from networking!
Here at The Counsel Network, we work closely with forward-thinking clients. Some law firms and legal
departments are still actively recruiting; as things settle, the initial panic will cease, and we anticipate
hiring will resume.
No matter your circumstances, we believe in taking a proactive approach to your career. Remember,
career management is not just for dissatisfied lawyers, it’s for everyone. For further information, please
see our blog on A Three-Stage Process for Law Career Success