This is a question we are frequently asked by candidates and in turn, regularly ask of our clients.
The response we generally receive is that organisations are happy to receive applications from candidates that have been made redundant providing they have done something productive with their period of time out of work. Good examples would be attending training courses, obtaining some consultancy or locum work, or pursuing other business interests. This is particularly important within the more commercial areas of law where remaining well-networked will be the key to your future success.
Good networking opportunities are plentiful in all locations across the country, from breakfast clubs bringing together local professionals from multiple sectors, or more legal-specific groups such as the Commerce and Industry groups that operate nationwide for In-house legal professionals. For more junior lawyers there are the Junior Lawyers Divisions operated by the Law Society, and various cities across the country operate independent Solicitors Groups for a variety of PQE levels.
Locum work can provide an excellent opportunity to keep your experience up-to date and also to keep a steady income whilst seeking a new permanent role. In addition, organisations often look to well-performing temporary staff to fill permanent opportunities that arise, and locum roles therefore offer a ‘foot in the door’ to securing long term employment.
The general rule however is that the longer the gap on the CV the more difficult it becomes to return to a similar role. It is therefore of key importance to be as flexible as possible when job seeking in order to minimise the amount of time spent out of work. Give some thought to the locations you are able to travel to, the levels of remuneration you are able to consider, and the size or type of organisation you wish to work for.
The most important point to remember is to approach you job search with positivity, and leave behind any sense of grievance about the circumstances under which you were made redundant.