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Things to Consider After Legal Career Layoff

published October 20, 2009

By CEO and Founder - BCG Attorney Search left

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These days something that is most rampant in the job sector irrespective of the field in question is a potential layoff that is coming up. A layoff situation seems to be prevalent anywhere and everywhere and the legal field is no exception in this context. The current business economy is one conundrum of activity which could go in any direction at any given time. The competitive scale has been given a jolt and it has forced individuals on to a platform where they need to show that they are the best. A lot of good could come off such a situation besides the obvious bad. Both the minor businesses and the major corporations are announcing numerous layoffs in record breaking numbers all throughout the country. One of the most fear-evoking situations ever would be that an employee is left with a huge debt with no means to see it through. In such a situation, he or she has no clear idea of what their rights are in the first place.

Most laid-off employees do not realize that even they are entitled to absolute rights as employees of an organization even if the latter has shut its doors on them. A layoff is something that turns your entire life upside down forcing it to get derailed in a brief instance. Life is a parody of such undesirable incidents culminating into situations where you find yourself unprepared and vulnerable. When something like this happens, one needs to settle down into a calm zone and realize the fact that you are not alone in your crisis and this is not happening for the first time. It is just a phase that you are going through to truly understand what your capabilities are. As a legal practitioner who has just been laid-off, you will be able to find hordes of others like you who suddenly wake up to realize that they don't have a job anymore.

But then again, even this cloud has a silver lining to it. It can be stated with a considerable level of confidence that such a layoff can be considered as a blessing in disguise for your legal career. This in fact can be your rare chance to stop for a while. Just wait up for a second. Take a break and focus on what you have been doing with your life up to the current date, what you have learned from it, and which way you want it to go henceforth.

Thereon once you have made up your mind as to which way you want to head, start your targeted search for a new job as soon as possible. But then you will need to keep in mind that unlike a normal job seeker, you will need to move on with a lot of stress. Being laid off is a common confidence destroyer even though the situation may be that your credentials or performance at the job had nothing to do with you being laid off. In such a scenario, be aware that job hunting is not going to be much of a walk in the park for you. You will have to maintain a very calm nerve in spite of the rage of emotions that you go through including despair, sadness, and confusion. But then whatever it is the layoff shouldn't be a factor that affects your confidence level as you need to realize that the layoff was not a personal decision based on your talents or performance as a lawyer. It was merely an absolutely financially-backed decision taken from the point of view of business salvage from the management perspective.

Just pull yourself together and shift to a more paced-up gear. Do not forget to collect all your details and certificates from the prior legal employer you were working with. There is not a shred of discomfort that needs to come to your mind as you are entitled to these. This will also include your Insurance Coverage and Employment Compensation as a part of the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act.

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Harrison is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and several companies in the legal employment space that collectively gets thousands of attorneys jobs each year. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placement attract millions of reads each year. Harrison is widely considered the most successful recruiter in the United States and personally places multiple attorneys most weeks. His articles on legal search and placement are read by attorneys, law students and others millions of times per year.

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