Legal recruiter Tamara S. Klein will be one of our speakers at our Oct. 28 event. She took some time to answer a few of our questions.
1. What will you be discussing at the event?
I will be talking about finding jobs. How to make a resume stand out, how to search for jobs that aren’t posted on traditional websites, how to network, and how to interview.
2. What do you hope people get out of your portion of the event?
I hope people will understand that there ARE jobs out there; they just need to know how to get them.
3. What is the biggest piece of advice for those attorneys going through a career transition?
The biggest piece of advice I can give is this: Every “death” is a birth. People need to take this time to determine if they are truly doing what they really want to do, and not just what they’re supposed to do. Oh, and never trust a headhunter — except for me, of course. Headhunters are DEATH to associates in this economic climate.
4. What practice areas are hot right now for finding a job?
Partners with business are always in demand. For associates, the hottest areas are intellectual property, ERISA, and bankruptcy. But things are changing — litigation is picking back up again.
5. What is the biggest challenge facing unemployed lawyers today?
The biggest challenge facing unemployed lawyers is the sheer plethora of them. They need to learn how to stand out from the pack — and how to look in unlikely places for jobs.
6. How can lawyers best position themselves to find their next job?
Lawyers need to have an outstanding resume (or resumes) ready to go, their transcripts (no matter how long they’ve been out of school), and the skills to interview well.