The challenging state of the legal market is forcing many law firms to make tough decisions about their budgets and staffing. Unfortunately, that means many legal professionals are, or will be, looking for new positions.
“The key to surviving is to enhance your profile and establish and strengthen your business relationships,” says Ari Kaplan, author of The Opportunity Maker from West. “There is tremendous upside in the downturn. Businesses are experiencing common pressures and individuals are searching for safety. If you can provide guidance on their concerns or offer them opportunities to stand out, you will enhance your own profile and build a stronger network by creating lasting relationships.”
This Thursday, Feb. 26, Kaplan will lead a free career advice webcast hosted by West LegalEdcenter and West Legalworks at Noon Eastern. The webcast is titled Creating Job Opportunities in a Turbulent Legal Market.
The seminar will help both recently unemployed professionals and those looking to strengthen their careers where they are at. It will focus on the concepts in Kaplan’s book, including self-promotion, asking for advice, key resources and organizations and experimenting with online networking and blogging.
“The silver lining in the current faltering economy is the renewed recognition by many in the professional community that connecting with others is critically important,” Kaplan says. “But the more you sit in your office, the narrower your prospects will appear.”
You can register here for the free one-hour program on West LegalEdcenter.
Kaplan also recently wrote about some strategies for approaching the economic slowdown in an article for The Complete Lawyer. And, he’s now offering a study guide for The Opportunity Maker, which is available here.
Posted by Kevin Hunt, senior communications specialist, Thomson Reuters