Your View of the Job Search vs. Employers' View

There are two distinct sides to every job transition: the job hunter's side and the employers' side. If you're looking for a new legal career (especially if you're getting frustrated by lack of responses and results), then it helps to temper that frustration by understanding what's happening on side of law firms and other employers.

A few things for lawyers in transition to note in CareerBuilder's "The new reality of job searching in 2015" infographic are:

  • At the top end, the job market is shifting from a buyers' market to a sellers' market, which gives highly skilled or sought after lawyers more leverage.

  • Both sides are using social media to learn about each other. If you're looking for a new legal job, then lock down the privacy settings on your social media before you start sending out resumes.

  • Stop expecting updates and responses from employers. At the same time, understand that lack of response is not the same thing as "no." Employers often simply move more slowly than job seekers like.

The main takeaway for legal recruiters, law firms, in-house legal departments, and other employers? Bad treatment of job hunters can impact your bottom line in the form of lost future business and referrals.