- On October 20, 2019
The hot job market and the increasing societal acceptance of sabbaticals make gaps between legal jobs not as big a deal as in the past. The WSJ recently reported that nowadays you can step out of the workforce for up to two years, whereas ten years ago a gap of six months could be “deadly.”
I agree that taking some time off now is more acceptable, even in a conservative industry like law, if you handle it right:
- Ideally take some on-point consulting projects during that time. There isn’t an expectation that consulting gigs are full-time. Just keep your skills sharp.
- Explain why you took the time off. I have seen employers accept without skepticism reasons like writing a novel, raising young kids, and taking care of sick family members. (For more, check out my previous post on how to explain four common gaps due to job loss, travel, school, abd health/personal issues. The takeaway should be you are ready to go now and can help the employer.)
- Emphasize you are ready to return to work, refreshed and recharged. The point is you can immediately add value, will give the job your complete attention, and are not a flight risk.
The point is you can immediately add value, will give the job your complete attention, and are not a flight risk.
If you have taken time off, take advantage of corporate re-entry programs like Onramp Fellowship sponsored by leading law firms and Path Forward supported by top companies. Also, look up Worklife Law by UC Hastings for resources and suggestions.