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LATERAL QUICKNESS - We told you a few weeks back about how COVID-19 has changed (maybe permanently) how some law firm leaders view the necessity of travel. Pandemic or no pandemic, is an odyssey across airports and hotels really worth the hassle for a meeting you could otherwise attend by flipping open your laptop lid? In many cases probably not, which is why some recruiters and law firm leaders think virtual lateral hiring has staying power. As Dan Packel reports, the inability to meet in person has actually sped up the hiring process substantially, in large part because of the lack of travel, and this may be more than a passing phase. “Where time is imperative, you’re going to resort to virtual. Where someone has more time, and you want to be able to weigh body language and other considerations, then you’ll resort to the traditional way of doing things,” Armstrong Teasdale managing partner David Braswell said. “I don’t think we’ll be going back to the old way of always having somebody come in.” CUTTHROAT CORPORATE COUNSEL - There (hopefully) aren’t a lot of crowded pools across the country right now, but the in-house hiring pool is definitely an exception. As Phillip Bantz reports, in-house job seekers are many, but actual jobs are few. And while high-level vacancies are still being filled, employers are being very choosy about who they hire. “There just are not a lot of jobs out there. So the competition to find a job is pretty intense,” said Colin Levy, former general counsel for Salary.com. He’s been on the job hunt since being laid off in May.
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