As this article in Above the Law indicates, privacy law is a growing field. We are already seeing an increase in demand for lawyers with any sort of data privacy and/or cybersecurity experience, and we expect this trend to continue in the foreseeable future. Just in Austin alone, we have two openings for attorneys with 1-7 years of data privacy or cybersecurity expertise. Depending on the attorneys' backgrounds, the firm might be willing to train and let them learn this area of the law on-the-job. Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference "Data Privacy Openings" for more details. These opportunities are with a boutique firm with a long and successful track record and where partnership is a realistic and viable goal.
Last week, Texas Monthly summarized the results of a new report from Citi Private Bank's Law Firm Group, that showed that demand at Texas law firms dropped by 7.1 percent the first half of 2016.
We were recently asked to make a presentation to managing partners of small law firms in Texas on best hiring practices. In preparation for this seminar talk, we were reminded of the importance of RETAINING existing talent.
Hiring is just the start of building a team, once someone is found and trained, the law firm or legal department needs to know how to KEEP them! The costs of turnover are mostly hidden, but affect the bottom line of small law firms significantly.
The following article by Phil Strazzulla about transitioning to a new job is right on the mark. Everyone who starts a new job feels disoriented and frustrated at first. In addition to the 5 Tips below, we would add one more really important one:
According to Austin-based Indeed (as reported in the attached article by Michael Theis in the Austin Business Journal) there are only 1.7 unemployed job seekers for every opening. This is down from 6.2 in 2009. Although the legal job market hasn’t rebounded this strongly, it remains strong in Texas, despite the plunge in oil prices last year which swiftly and harshly affected the energy sector.
Topics: job market