Changing Legal Job - Quitting Your Legal Employment
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Leaving Your Legal Job
- Alternative Careers for JD's
Occasionally, lawyers find themselves at a crossroads in their careers. They reach the conclusion that the practice of law no longer interests them, which raises the question about what they can do with their law degrees besides practicing law.
- Alternative Legal Careers
How to search for career opportunities outside the legal field.
- Creating a Satisfying Second Act in Your Legal Career
Attorneys are widely perceived as successful in life and many would affirm their satisfaction with their careers. But lawyers who can claim they “couldn’t be happier” are rare, and far more common are those who don’t take time to consider how making changes might yield greater satisfaction.
- Law Students Demand More from the Profession
After the better part of a decade in post-law school employment, you might find yourself asking, "Is this all there is?"
- Leaving a Law Job Without Leaving a Bad Taste
Some things to consider when leaving your legal job.
- Leaving your Legal Career Far Behind
These women went into the law for all of the right reasons -- and some wrong ones -- but then listened to that inner voice.
- Quitting Your Job - About.com
People quit their jobs for a variety of reasons. These reasons include a lack of advancement opportunities, they want more money, or simply because they are unhappy. Find out how to decide when to leave your employer and how to do it diplomatically.
- Resignation Letter Template
Resignation letter templates, formats, examples, samples and writing tips. Includes resignation letter samples and a resignation letter template that you may download for personal use. Also called a letter of resignation.
Losing Your Job
- 100 Tips, Tools, and Resources to Help You Survive Without a Job
At some point in their life, everyone has to deal with losing a job. The below sites are essential resources for those who need help with dealing with unemployment, getting expert advice, as well as preparing for the search for the next employer.
- 8 Strategies for Bouncing Back from Job Loss
Actions you can take to get back to work.
It hurts to lose your job, but developing a clear job search strategy will help ease the pain.
- Fired: How to Handle a Termination or Being Fired
What to do when you get fired? Some tips on getting started.
- How to Deal With Losing Your Job
Few of us are immune to the possibility of losing our jobs, but when a redundancy notice arrives, it can still be a shocking experience
- How to Do a Job Interview After Being Fired
Most people regard getting fired as a black mark on their resume. However, many people who hire and fire everyday, know that they have released good people who were a bad fit for their company.
- I've been fired! Now what?
FAQ on losing your job.
- What To Do If You Lose Your Job
The company you work for is going through some rough, uncertain times, and you learn that your job may be in jeopardy. What should you do?
- Your Rights If You Lose Your Job
Information regarding your rights if you lose your job.
Legal Career Change
- Career Change for Lawyers in a Global Economy
Advice on the steps to take to make a career change.
- Developing Your Legal Career
You’re thinking about advancing your career. What would you like to be doing in five or ten years? Whatever your ambition, now is the time to build a foundation for the future.
- Exploring Career Changes: Services Available To Attorneys In Transition
This handout focuses on the private coaching services available to lawyers to assist with a career transition and also offers suggestions on free alternative sources of help.
- Is it Time to Make a Change?
Where are you in your career right now? Which road do you plan to travel down next? Advice on how to make the decision for a change.
- Roadmap to Attorney Career Changes
Some thoughts on career change for lawyers.
- Job-Seeker Relocation Resources
Collection of the best relocation and moving tools and resources to assist job-seekers who are considering relocating.
- Moving Your Career to Another City
Before you relocate, it is important to distinguish the types of legal professionals that are likely to have the most success in relocating from those who will not have success.
- New City, New Job: How to Conduct a Long-Distance Job Search
How do you go about landing a job in a new locale when your current location is far from your destination?
- Relocating to a New City
Many lawyers may find themselves in the position where they will have to relocate during some period of their career. Relocation may be necessary for family reasons, to find employment in your desired field or to return home after having attended law school in a different city. Either way there are a few things that one needs to take into consideration when relocating and looking for legal employment.
Advice on relocating.
- Should I Stay or Should I Go?
What to do when your firm decides to relocate.
Alternative Legal Work Options
- Advice and Testimonials from Law Graduates Who Chose Not to Practice Law
Career alternatives for lawyers.
- Better on Balance?
Attorneys employed in law firms seek in-house positions because of the type of work, to be part of a strategic decision-making team, to have a proactive role in counseling clients, and, many say, to have a better quality of life.
- Jobs for Lawyers: Alternatives to Practicing Law
There are good news for the lawyer pursuing alternative work arrangements, read this article to find out.
- Overcoming the Stigmas of Alternative Work Arrangements
The struggle to balance career and family is not a new problem, but one that many employers have recently started to address and implement policies about.
- The Case Against Being Trapped in the Law
Some of the common myths that keep lawyers feeling trapped in their jobs - myths that need to be debunked.
Legal Articles Related to Employment and Labor
- Understanding Wrongful Termination Law in New JerseyAs an employer, making the decision to terminate employment is difficult — you have to take into consideration a number of factors, from performance to company health to growth potential and turnover costs — but when you tack on legal concerns, the process can quickly become overwhelming.
- NYC Mayor Signs New Law Barring Employers from Asking Job Applicants about Salary HistoryThe new law’s rationale is that, on average, women are paid less than men for the same work, and that relying on salary histories in determining compensation perpetuates this gender wage gap. That is, the new law’s stated purpose is to reduce the likelihood that women will be prejudiced by their salaries at previous jobs, and to help break the cycle of gender pay inequity.
- Serious Injuries in PennsylvaniaIn effort to increase safety in the workplace, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) introduced a new rule in 2015 that requires employers to report serious injuries that require hospitalization, amputations, and loss of an eye injuries within 24 hours of an incident.
- Rights of Injured WorkersWhen an employee suffers an injury at work, he or she has the right to file a Workers’ Compensation claim to receive certain benefits including compensation for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. This is one of the advantages of being an employee rather than an independent contractor.
- Getting the Government on Your Side as a WhistleblowerA whistleblower is a person who brings to light information that uncovers fraud, criminal activity or other wrongdoing. Whistleblower claims are the legal avenue which whistleblowers take to report this fraud. Many of the individuals who file these claims do so on behalf of the government, meaning that they are coming forward with information about fraud that drains taxpayer money.
- One Sneaky Way Pennsylvania Employers Cheat Workers Out of OvertimeState law is stricter than federal law when it comes to OT calculations
- Performing Employee Background ChecksConducting employee background checks helps you to make better hiring decisions, and uncover issues that might interfere with an applicant's ability to do the job they are being considered for. At the same time, your business could be exposed to potential liability unless you follow the applicable federal and state laws, and stay up to date about certain types of information that may be off-limits.
- Forklift AccidentsForklifts are one of the most common pieces of equipment used at warehouses, factories, retail outlets, and other establishments where heavy materials must be moved or lifted from one area to another.
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious and potentially debilitating mental health condition that can affect every aspect of a person’s life. Often, the disorder develops in individuals who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a serious accident or violent assault.
- Intern or Employee? Should Your Organization Be Paying Your Interns?An internship can be unpaid when the vocational and educational benefits received by the intern outweigh the benefits received by the employer for the intern’s work.