In one of the toughest economic climates for lawyers in decades, how to find your first job in the legal profession and what to do when you land it can lead to more questions than ever. Career Counselor and Executive Coach Sheila Nielsen is prepared to answer the tough questions. She has assisted thousands of lawyers in their job searches, interviews and career development. She is an attorney, counselor and author.
Sheila is launching an advice column for new lawyers on the Lexis Hub. She hopes to help associates, new lawyers and law students who are trying to find their way in the "new" legal profession, forever changed by the economic recession. By answering your questions, Sheila will try to address career concerns and problems that relate to many lawyers in this increasingly difficult environment. We hope you will contribute your questions by submitting them in the comment box below. You will need to log in using your Lexis Hub registration and password in order to submit your question there.
Updated November 24th:
We have our first question below and I would like to answer this one in detail.
Melissa and other soon-to-be law grads in a similar situation,
I have extensive guidance for you on how to go about finding opportunities. I regularly counsel lawyers who cannot always work with recruiters or rely on ads. My advice comes out of watching clients who were masterful networkers and learning from them. Then I began to give my job seeking clients the training session and saw how helpful it was for them as they applied these ideas. These insights will be helpful to you as you continue your search. Because there is so much information to share, please link to this full post, Finding a Job in the Legal Profession in this Tough Economy .