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ABOUT EMPLAWYERNET

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?

The job market in the legal community is in desperate straits. There is no less dramatic way to put it. The expansionist 1980s are a distant memory. However, while hiring has dropped precipitously, the number of new lawyers entering the market has remained relatively constant. Finding a job today is a daunting task and it's not just a matter of a lingering recession.

The changes in hiring patterns within the legal community appear to be long-term if not permanent. While the impact affects lawyers at all levels, entry-level associates are the most affected. Cost-conscious employers are often leery of investing in new lawyers. Even at a higher salary, a lateral's immediate productivity directly impacts the firm's bottom line, something of paramount concern to law firms across the country.

The causes of these changes are varied, and we will explore them in future EmplawyerNet editorials. For now, suffice it to say that finding a job in the legal community as a law student, a lateral lawyer or a paralegal is a difficult task. Every recruiter, placement director and hiring partner, as well as for anyone who has been in the job market recently, will confirm this fact.

WHAT'S THE SOLUTION?

Job hunting is a complex undertaking, affected by many variables, different for each person. It is affected by geographic-specific market conditions, individual qualifications, experience and goals, as well as by access to information and the ability to effectively network. Throw in more capricious elements like "being-in-the-right-place-at-the-right-time," and it is obvious that finding work is hard work itself.

No system can itself create job opportunities. When reading classified advertising, calling recruiters and networking with colleagues, you are availing yourself of as much information as possible. The more information you have, the more information you can act on and the higher your probability of success. That is the fundamental philosophy of EmplawyerNet.

Because seeking new or alternative employment begins and ends with information, the process lends itself uniquely to the electronic medium. EmplawyerNet, being an on-line system, is

  • instantaneously updatable
  • fully comprehensive
  • constantly accessible
  • easily linked to other information sources
  • a true network and not just a database.

The last item is, perhaps, the most important. We've seen surveys of all kinds relating to effective methods of gaining employment. Personal networking is, and will always be, the most effective means of finding employment. Even EmplawyerNet, despite its effectiveness, will not substitute for the contacts and experiences each individual brings to his or her job search. What we can do, however, is extend your individual network with comprehensive information, marketing tools and communication vehicles for reaching other members of the legal community.


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