Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Including "temp" legal work on your resume may hurt applicants' chances for full-time employment

That's the advice from the Careerist blog to unemployed or laid-off lawyers who've had to do contract work to tide themselves over until the market gets better.

It's bad enough to be laid off but . . .  these lawyers face another potential stigma: being branded as untouchable for taking on certain contract positions, such as document reviewer. So is it better to just leave off low-brow legal work on your resume, if your goal is to return to a big firm?

Several [blog readers] . . . advised against putting document review work on resumes, calling it a 'scarlet letter.' Writes one reader: 'If you tended bar to make ends meet while job hunting, you wouldn’t put that on your resume, would you? Approach temping the same way.'

On the other hand, the Careerist asked one legal recruiter about it and this was her response:

To the extent that omissions are tantamount to misrepresentations, I would counsel against it. Further, if omitting the projects would cause a huge and glaring gap in the resume, that’s equally problematic.' But she also says that, 'if the the project is relatively short (less than a month or so), then it’s a coin toss.'

You can read the rest here.

Hat tip to the online ABA Journal blog.



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I have practiced labor and employment law for almost 25 years, have interviewed many students and lawyers and have been an adjunct professor of law for 7 years. I do not buy this for one second. The worst thing on a resume is a time gap. No matter what the student or lawyer says, the concern is that person was fired.
The economy is poor; it is difficult for most lawyers to find work and to look down on those who find temporary work is simply irresponsible.

Posted by: Mitchell Rubinstein | Nov 25, 2010 9:05:22 AM

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