It's coming up on six months out of Law School for the class of 2010. Job prospects may be slim to none at this point and you are getting discouraged. Parents or friends start to look at you like there is something wrong with you because you spent all of that time and money to be a lawyer and you are instead forced to wait tables at the local Italian restaurant. Sound frustratingly familiar? I know it doesn't help to be told that you are not alone, but you really are in good company. Many of you may have participated in our recent Lexis Hub poll that asked recent law school grads what they are doing. A shocking 55-percent said they were still looking for a position, and another 7-percent accepted positions outside of the legal field just to have a job. Eight percent of respondents work as temps.
The big question is, what to do? There is absolutely no substitute for networking. You've heard this time and time again. By now, you've no doubt joined the local bar association and are attending events just to make contacts and get your name out there. If you need more information on the subject, consider reviewing these recent Lexis Hub posts:
But how do you press on, what is the best way to handle each day as you continue your search? The Ladders recommends treating the job search like an actual job. Seriously. Wake up at a set time each day, shower, dress professionally, go into your home office and start your job-searching duties. Be sure your "office" looks as much like a workplace as possible. That doesn't mean the couch in front of the TV. Find a desk or table somewhere to set up and make that your "work space." Contact you network, answer job-related e-mails and review new openings. "Starting your day with purpose is key to ensuring that the day will be productive," the Ladders recommends. Set goals about how many calls you will make and resumes you will send out each day. Establish set hours each day for your search. Having a start time and specific end time will give you an actual end each day so you don't become consumed by your search. And on that note, the Ladders suggests 20 hours of searching each week may be enough. If you don't have a temporary or part-time job, consider volunteering for the other 20 hours-which can also lead to networking opportunities while giving you a sense of purpose as your hunt continues. Then be sure to take a mental health break at the end of the week and enjoy your weekend off.