If you are a job seeker, use these observations to understand how the legal recruiting process works. If you are an employer, these trends will help you gain insight into what job seekers want.
Although it is difficult to make a prediction about the future of any industry, with over a decade of legal recruiting, Strategic Recruitment Solutions (SRS) provides these observations:
1. Technology will propel legal recruiting in the future.
Technology is already making the law firm recruiting process much faster. Job seekers prefer to work for law firms that are pro-active in technology. We believe the presence of technology, or lack thereof, will affect law firm recruiting and retention.
2. Regardless of size, law firms will continue to grow.
Larger law firms will continue to hire the best of the class and will remain steady in their pattern of hiring. However, for the smaller firms, the future will show a continued growth of support personnel (paralegal, legal secretary, marketing, computer). Furthermore, finding qualified individuals to fill these important positions will become more difficult. At SRS, we are experienced at finding the perfect match.
3. The Future of Diversity is Solid.
Law firms will ultimately have to face diversity issues. According to the Hudson Institute’s report Workforce 2000, law firms tend to lag behind on these kinds of issues. The firms that implement diversity strategies will have much better success in recruiting.
4. Legal support positions will continue to increase.
The future for legal support positions, especially paralegal, marketing, and computer professionals is great! In fact, some studies predict that service positions will far outstrip opportunities in other fields into the next decade.
Finally, law firms need to recognize that recruiting should not be treated as a short-term issue but rather a long-term, strategic priority. A strategic approach helps a law firm lay a solid foundation on which to build future success. Furthermore, the best strategic recruiting approaches anticipate new market trends, identifies the kind of talent that meets your demands, and keeps you ahead of your competition. At Strategic Recruitment Solutions, we help your law firm create a strategic plan for recruiting.
If you are a job seeker ready to take the next step to advance your career, call us today! For many years Strategic Recruitment Solutions has been instrumental in helping individuals find their dream jobs. We are your one-stop shop for information, guidance, and insight into the legal and IT markets. Above all, we have the keys to help you land your dream job. To get started, search our current opportunities or submit your resume today.