LAW DAWGS has been in the business of legal and corporate staffing for almost 30 years. Throughout our success, we’ve often worked with candidates (lawyers, paralegals, legal support personnel, etc.) that struggled with the concept of change. These professionals wanted a new opportunity, but one when arose, they just couldn’t start afresh because they feared change. While fearing change is indeed normal, we’re here to say that change can actually be a good thing for your legal career.
The Problems with Fearing Change
It’s no surprise that new employment opportunities can come with a variety of changes. For example, a new job means a new work setting, new colleagues, different supervisors, perhaps different practice areas, and new office requirements. All these changes can be scary; and, they may force us to turn down a new position even if we’re dissatisfied with our current employer.
Allowing fear to control your job choices, however, may result in several troubles. Some of these include:
- Job insecurity
- Maintenance of the status quo
In addition, staying with a job, eve though dissatisfied with it, will naturally lead to a negative attitude and a decrease in work efficiency and productivity. These often result in employment dismissal.
The Positives Within Change
Taking on a new job can serve as a tremendous boost to one’s legal career. Let’s remove the idea of fear for a moment. A new job represents a new opportunity. New opportunities bring new challenges and new ways for professionals to prove themselves. These are all exciting things that can revitalize an otherwise sluggish career.
If we allow fear to prevent us from taking on a new role, we essentially miss the chance to capitalize on these new opportunities. Regrets and frustrations typically set in. Yes, starting anew may seem a bit overwhelming at times, but don’t let this feeling take away from a positive movement for your professional career.
Be Smart About Change
As stated above, fearing change is natural. However, you can minimize this fear by being smart when it comes to changing employers. Ensure your desire to change is in fact real, as opposed to a hasty reaction to a difficult day at the office. Further, before you make a change (or, let fear prevent you from changing), do your homework and research your new firm or company. Gather all the information you can on them to make certain it’s the right fit for you. Finally, confide in a mentor, friend, or family member for advice.
In helping staff and place candidates for almost three decades, we’ve seen fear rear its ugly head. We’ve seen it hinder careers and discourage opportunities. This doesn’t have to happen. We’ve also seen candidates make positive career changes even though a bit scared or hesitant to do so. Please know we’re always here to help. If you’re having some struggles with your job and are thinking of a move, but fear the idea at the same time, just contact us. We’re more than happy to speak with you, listen to your thoughts, and provide career advice that gets the job done. Contact us today!