The Revolution Against Open-Office Plans Has Begun

Although 70 percent of the American workforce now works shoulder-to-shoulder in football-field sized rooms without anything as much as an iPhone-thin wall separating their desks, studies continue to show that open-office plans are detrimental to employees' concentration, productivity, creativity, stress level, and job satisfaction, not to mention their health. Read More >

Which Industries Lost Most Jobs in 2013?

As a follow-up to my recent post on the industries that gained most jobs in 2013, I looked at the other end of the BLS data: the industries that shed employees over the year. As with the previous post, I looked at the data two different ways: the industries that lost the highest total number of jobs, and those that suffered the biggest percentage decrease. Read More >

Is Bigger Better? The Law Firm Dating Game Continues

As we reported in November, 2013 was a record year for law firm mergers, and the final results are in. The number of mergers rose 47% since 2012, with 88 combinations announced, according to data released by the legal consulting firm Altman Weil. Most of these deals consisted of smaller firms being acquired by larger firms at least five times their size. Notably, there were no mergers among AmLaw 200 firms announced in 2013, though there were talks-and then the talks crumbled. Read More >

Which Industries Created Most Jobs in 2013?

While it may have disappointed on a monthly basis, data in the most recent BLS labor report indicates that private industry in the U.S. created some 1.7 million jobs in 2013. I looked at the data from a couple of different angles, to try to figure out where job seekers had the best chance of landing a freshly-created position in 2013 (hint: not the government--state and federal agencies cut around 390,000 positions over the same period). Read More >

The Werewolf of Wall Street

The greed is unimaginable. The hubris is pornographic. And the smug, arrogant mask on the main character's face will make you clench your fists and grit your teeth with rage. No, I'm not talking about the latest Scorcese-DiCaprio collaboration but the latest PBS Frontline documentary, "To Catch a Trader," which follows the U.S. government's insider trading investigation of self-proclaimed Hedge Fund King Steven A. Cohen and his eponymous billion-dollar hedge fund empire. Read More >

Does Decreased Law School Enrollment Signal a Change in Legal Education?

Like rats abandoning a sinking ship, prospective law students appear to be fleeing in droves from the once hallowed halls of legal learning, if the American Bar Association's law school enrollment statistics are any indication of prospective student interest. Enrollment of first year law students at ABA-accredited law schools for classes that began in Fall 2013 was down 11 percent compared to enrollment for Fall 2012 classes. Read More >

Will the Job Market Recover in 2014?

Is this year set to be the one the job market comes roaring back?  I could have opened a blog with that sentence every year for the past five, were it not for one thing: the sluggish nature of the recovery, which has seen job growth limping along at a snail's pace, rather than ratcheting back to top speed. Read More >

Should You Consider a Law Firm Incubator?

With law school enrollment rates down 24 percent since 2010, it's no secret that the legal job market is hardly bursting with opportunity. Finding a job with a firm has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible, for many recent law school graduates. Some combat this problem by hanging their own shingles, but the business of starting a firm can be daunting. Read More >

Slim Down (Your Job Search) in 2014

It's the time of year when all the commercials you see on TV seem to have magically shifted from hawking toys and luxury goods to encouraging you to have less in your life: whether it's weight, nicotine craving or stress, the resolution season all seems to be about reduction. With that in mind, then, here are a few tips for ways to slim down your job hunt for 2014:  STOP: Blind-submitting your resume Seriously. Read More >

5 Ways a Blog Can Get You the Job

When it comes to social networking, each of the major channels-Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn-has its benefits and drawbacks for job seekers. While each can be an effective method for connecting with people and providing a sense of your skills and personality for potential employers, the downsides include things like privacy concerns and, crucially, the lack of space to go beyond basic information about yourself and your areas of interest and expertise. Read More >

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