Aurora Donnelly is a solo practitioner always looking forward to the next exciting transition.
I thought I would give you a little hit of hope to allay any end-of-week slump you may be in. The New York Times on Sunday ran a small item with real numbers showing that the job market is improving. While unemployment remained at 9.7 percent in March, there was a 19 percent increase in job postings in 10 of 12 industry categories over March of last year.
While I have not heard of any new landings by attorney friends and colleagues this week or last week for that matter, some people have been to initial interviews and second interviews for job openings with very large numbers of applicants. I deduce (I hope correctly) that there are more openings coming down the pipeline so they are lining up more job candidates.
One friend received a call back for a financial government job and we are hoping she’ll land it. Another got not one, but two interviews for two different positions with a state agency in Chicago. And a colleague who has chosen to switch fields into teaching got an interview for a high school teaching job and then a request for a second interview.
At the same time that we are struggling with this scarce jobs situation, there is another encouraging statistic: Some Baby Boomers are retiring and more of them will do so in the next few years, freeing up more jobs. And, as companies begin doing better they will need more workers again, and that will include more legal professionals.
Some or all of these factors may result in more job offers, but it is a good sign that the interviews are taking place. As the author and work-force consultant Tamara Erickson says in the article, “Cheer up, the real possibility of finding a job that you’ll like is increasing every day.” Amen.