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In-House Legal Job Market Update Sept 2022 – 2 mins

Andrew Murdoch

Andrew Murdoch

Managing Director

 
In the 15 years I’ve been recruiting lawyers In-House, I’ve never seen so few applicants and so many opportunities. It’s a really good time to be looking for a job.

Organisations have become increasingly flexible in terms of the skills and experience that they will accept, in terms of the roles that they have open. Pre-COVID, organisations may have had a wish list of ten attributes and they’d settle for eight.

Now organisations are really examining what are the core attributes that they’re looking for and dispensing in a lot of cases with those peripherals which they wished they would have but not necessary for the role.

So if you’re looking to change jobs and move industries or take a step up, there’s never been a better time to do it. If you’re thinking that you like the sound of a job, but you’re unsure about whether or not you should go forward for it or not, I’d recommend you put your hat in the ring, and I think you’d be surprised the progress you’ll make.

So what does this mean if you’re looking to recruit? It means the ways of recruitment pre-COVID and during COVID are no longer going to be as successful as they once were.

It means spending more time before looking for your lawyer. Thinking about the core attributes and skills that you really need. It means having an accelerated process once you start looking for the lawyer and you start the interviews, etc..

It also means you may need a higher budget to attract the lawyer across or look for a more junior lawyer. Additionally, if you’re bringing on board a lawyer that doesn’t have the exact experience you’re looking for, you may also need to set aside more time for training.

If you’d like to hear more about the job market or how to source the lawyers that you’re looking for, please give us a call at Dovetail.

 

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