QI’m a super-bitter laid-off lawyer. I worked my ass off to put myself through law school at night while holding down a full-time job. I graduated at the top 10% of my class, did moot court and worked on one of the Journals. I didn’t think this course of action would land me in BigLaw, but I thought I would at least be employable. I’ve been job searching for eight—count em, eight—months with no success.
Meanwhile, all my friends who drank beer, floated without direction and generally had fun over the past four years are all gainfully employed with no student loan debt. Some even own their own homes, etc.
I want to punch these people in the face. Or, better yet, I want to just get a job—any job—and try to move on with my life. Any suggestions?
AMy name is Ex-Bitter for a reason. While I saw and did it all during my years inside the confines of big firms across America, I haven’t looked for a legal job in years. I’ve chocked my columns full of suggestions in the past from the perspective of the higher ups, but what response to someone who was recently in your shoes would offer?
So, given that my loyal readers have great insights they fortunately love to share—and given that you guys are a lot more dialed into the job-hunt scene—let’s turn it over to you. What the hell can a (supposedly) qualified job candidate do these days to find a gig and not go postal?
Seriously. I’m interested myself.