Legal Staffing and Law Firm Evolution

When you think about it, legal staffing agencies make sense in the grand scheme of things.

Law firms weren’t the enormous powerhouses they are today. Individual attorneys used to be engaged on a project-by-project basis. As technology was created and became more complex, it enabled firms to grow and expand, spreading across state and country lines. This allowed lawyers to work together despite being miles or even oceans apart.

The Great Recession shook up the legal market as much as it did other job environments as well. Suddenly lawyers were fighting for the same jobs. They weren’t commanding the salaries they had before 2008. Employers were becoming choosier, and they couldn’t afford to take company trips or spend money on client lunches. Everyone was budgeting, and that budget included a limit on employees. Applicants had to find any edge they could.

Lawyers needed help, and legal staffing agencies—which had existed before the Recession, to be sure, but which suddenly had so much more purpose—stepped up to the plate.

Staffing Agencies After the Recession

The Great Recession, along with the advent of technology, created a “gig economy” that has stuck around, despite President Obama instituting the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 that helped to stimulate job growth. At one point there were seven people applying for every one job. Once employers saw that they could be choosier, they decided to keep doing that, having temp employees work in promise of full-time work, for instance, or only hiring employees for projects when before they would’ve hired that employee full-time.

Many job seekers have had to start freelancing instead of searching for employee status. They’ve also had to start utilizing staffing agencies, sometimes using more than one. By engaging an agency, they can connect with positions that they would not otherwise find on their own. Agencies have deeper connections than job boards do; they have been in the industry longer, and they know where to look to see who’s hiring. Firms who have worked with them before are far likelier to turn to them again. As such, they’re going to have listings that aren’t available online. It pays to see what they have versus an online job bank.

This discussion about the gig economy doesn’t even consider the individuals who choose to live this way because of its flexible lifestyle and ease of scheduling. Some people like working for themselves instead of an employer, and legal staffing agencies allow them to match with companies that need workers like them.

SuitsOn Staffing has been helping job seekers connect with top-notch legal firms for years, providing services like eDiscovery, business analytics, legal recruiting, and document review. They can help you weather any change in personal circumstance and will work with you to land the position you want. Contact them today to start the process.

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