The Career Doctor™

by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez

Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers? Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of your own, use our anonymous form, and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here. Contact information is here.


Dear Career Doctor:

I am recovering from a two year illness and need to get back into the job market. I am somewhat disabled so am unable to drive. I practiced law 20 years ago, before having kids. Now I need to work for financial reasons. Because I still have school aged children at home and am disabled, I need to find employment with flexibility.

Any ideas for somebody in my position?


Dear B:

Working from home, using your computer and law skills should be possible. For example, all large law firms have what are called "library" lawyers who do a lot of research and writing, but do not have face-to-face contact with clients or even other lawyers. And many law firms outsource some of their work.

So, make a list of all the law firms that would appeal to you, given your area of expertise or personal style. Check and see if the firms have web sites that give information that is helpful to you. Contacting the firms by phone might be better than emailto get initial information about how they hire. If you were at the partner level, try to reach the managing partner of the firm. If you are more associate level, then call Human Resources -- and ask if they use a hiring recruiter.

It sounds like you have had a very hard time, and I wish you the best of luck finding work you enjoy from home.

The Career Doctor

The Career Doctor cannot answer every question here, and she does not respond to personal emails.

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The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.

Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.


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