Crickets…

That is the sound I hear after submitting my resume to dozens of potential law firms.

There have been no responses that I can call positive, since there have been no responses at all! I have had plenty of leads that lead nowhere, and tons of time put into trolling the job sites for postings that may or may not lead to more nowhere.

Worst of all, the money from my last case is dwindling, the next case I take will not pay for a long time.

How does one start a law practice without entering bankruptcy or selling half naked pictures of themselves on the internet? (Not that my post-baby body would earn as much as my pre-baby body, but hey, someone out there has to have a stretch mark fetish.)

What makes me the most nervous is that I have only submitted about 20-25 resumes. My significantly more experienced friend submitted over 100, and from those, only received 11 interviews. Ha ha HA!!

So, I submit 80 more resumes, and then maybe I will get a phone call? Ugh, I have educated myself out of the workforce people, it was easier for me to find work when I didn’t have a law degree.

Guess all I can do now is…. go back to school.

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5 thoughts on “Crickets…”

  1. Oh, hon… job hunting sucks. I think if I told you how many places I applied and resumes I sent out before I even got a call back at all, it would probably discourage you more.

    Suffice to say, it sucks. *lots of hugs* You can do it, though. I believe in you, totally.

  2. Yeah, this market is pretty unforgiving. Apparently many attorneys applied for my position as a legal assistant, just to get their foot in the door (granted, many people just want to work for the University and will do anything to get their foot in the door).

    I think we just filled all of our positions, but if I hear of anything, I’ll keep you in mind. 🙂

    Oh, and how does your resume and cover letter look?

  3. Thanks Mntn!! I appreciate it!
    My resume and cover letter have been doctored per the “how to make an impressive legal resume” info on my school’s career site.
    Action statements and the like.
    I am fairly confident in it.
    Of course, I write a new cover letter for each position, and after a while they all run together and begin to sound like gibberish, but I remember at one time thinking they were good.

  4. I have come to the decision that resumes are important to have, but do little in the way of acquiring jobs. The only way to get a decent job is to network. Check out meetup.com for industry specific stuff, reconnect with school friends, go to professional association meetings, and generally be a a communication whore.

    Education, intelligence and talent only get you about… 20% of the way there. The rest is who you know, unfortunately. Good luck!

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