I have started the job search process so my family can move back to Denver. We are not thriving here on the East Coast, so far away from the bulk of our resources. The expense for daily living out here is still amazing to me, and I am far from able to build a successful practice without a local license. I am incredibly nervous about job hunting. It is hard not to feel as though my skills have gone slack while I have stayed home with my kids.

When I first passed the bar I could have answered a million random legal questions in an interview. Now I feel less able to do so. Sometimes I feel like my brain went out with the afterbirth. I am going to have to start reading up again, and treat job hunting like exams. I just feel so overwhelmed. Sometimes I find it hard to get anything other than childcare done and now I am going to add job hunting, resume and cover letter refining, and studying to the mix of my daily responsibilities.

I know part of my trepidation stems of having “baby lawyer” syndrome. I still feel uncertain in navigating the field. My environmental law prof used to say “law school is a ten year process, you just get paid for the final seven”. He swore that everyone felt uncertain and nervous for the first seven years of practice. I only hope prospective employers remember that feeling as well as he does.

I suppose I will always feel this way if I never get off my butt and start working. Maybe I will feel more assured after I cram for a few weeks.

8 thoughts on “Transitions…”

  1. I can relate I am job hunting also. Just think soon your child/ren wil confirm you are not so smart, because they will know everythings.

  2. don’t tell me that “haiku friday” has been suspended because of that bitter bitch’s un- oops, i guess it WAS solicited! review?

    i myself don’t have a blog, but i do have a myspace page, and i loathe to think what kind of review i’d recieve if that reviewer saw that! it is just crazy crammed full of blinky crap and bad grammer (think that episode of the simpsons where homer creates a webpage). do i care. nope. i LOVE it.

    well, good luck on the job hunt, i’m sure you’ll do fine and we’d love to have you out here again.

    and bring back haiku friday!

  3. oh, by the way, i have DEGREE in graphic design, and remarkably good taste. (HA). let me know what that reviewer’s blogsite is. i’d just ADORE giving her site a review.

  4. I know that my boss, at least, understands the newness of being an attorney right out of the chute. He has always been tremendously cool about it, and still says that he wanted someone new so that he could “train” me. If I can find someone like that, you can, too.

    While I think they charge an arm and a leg, doing the professional resume writing service was probably the best move I ever made, too.

    Good luck, sweet pea. You can do it. And just think, Eureka is on Tuesday nights and we could have an old-style Buffy night with crazy scientists instead.

  5. Well this is exciting, unexpected news! Ellen will be sad, I am sure, but it’s always good to go home. Keeping fingers crossed that everything works out as you transition West!

  6. Okay, so I just posted a sneering comment on your last post about that hideous woman who has the f’ing nerve to review YOUR blog when her site is called “iwillfuckingtearyouapart” (but then I realized I responded late). However, I also want to say that I will be so sad and lonely on the east coast without a brainiac like you. I hope I won’t just be left to a world of “iwillfuckingtearyouapart”s.

  7. I’m so excited to learn that you’re starting the process of moving back West! As a D.C. native, I totally hear you about the cost of living in that area of the country being unreal.

    I was watching something about getting back into the workforce after taking some time to care for kids. The message was that a stay a home parent does many things that can translate into a business function in the workplace. For example, stay at home parents are household managers who have to figure out how to stretch a family budget to get the most bang for their buck. I’m sure you’ve learned lots more that will make you an even better employee :).

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