(Closed) Job Search: Need a little enouragment

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Keep looking! Send resumes to firms (you sound like you’re in law school??) who may not even be advertising that they’re hiring. And check job sites on the Internet? (If you haven’t already.) 

I got my teaching degree and license last December and I’ve been unemployed ever since. Lol, it’s horrible. The school year starts here next week, and the following week, and I LITERALLY, no exaggeration, applied for over 60 teaching jobs. I didn’t get ONE call back. Now I’m going BACK to school (ugh) to become a counselor. Better job market, and better salary anyway! In the mean time, I’m applying for secretary jobs and things that are kind of ‘below me’ but I need the money! 

Good luck, and keep trying! Put resumes and letters of interest out EVERYWHERE you can think of, and pray about it. 🙂

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Most of my friends “pounded the pavement”. They went out and found jobs by looking up alumni and asking them to go to lunch to talk. They also went to different networking events and made connections there. One lady applied to hundreds of jobs, was told that she would not be hired at one job and was later hired there. Another guy went to lawyer events (I don’t think he was on the guest list), walked in and networked. lol He ended up getting a great job. 

I was once told, “You reap what you sow. You may not reap where you sow”. That helped me realize that hard work is not in vein and it will all work out. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Just keep at it! Network, send out your resume, think of it as a full time job!(it sort of is…) I know it is rough and discouraging…I am STILL looking for a job in my field and I graduated in Dec., took my boards in Feb(Nursing)…and if I hear one more person tell me, “Oh, there is a need for nurses.” I might punch someone. On a happier note I did have an interview(first call back!), but the woman is now on vacation, so I have to wait to hear back! Gah! Anyway, good luck! Keep your chin up 🙂 🙂

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Network! Network! Network!

I’m in B school and that’s what we hear every day. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Talk to everyone you can think of and ask them to put the word out that you’re looking. Find out who they know and who that person knows.

You say you’re not strong at interviewing…why? Do you get nervous? are you shy? Practice interviewing with friends and family. Record yourself – sounds silly, but it can help. Also, try to have good answers prepared (although not rehearsed) for questions they will be likely to ask. And finally, relax and be confident.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Rubies: Don’t get discourged. What was your major in UG?

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Rubies: Oh okay. Have you considered looking into non-profits? Maybe their legal team will work with you. Also, I have a friend who is a nurse and she has a JD. Hospitals were interested in having her on their legal team. You may have to think outside the box a little. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010
Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Rubies:  It’s okay!! I had a stack of rejection letters a mile long.  Seriously.  Can you volunteer anywhere?  This is not going to be advice you hear often but I always say, be honest.  The one interview that I explained my life-long dream wasn’t actually law school and that my family pressured me into taking the LSAT, that’s where I got the summer job.  I’m one of those folks that would be like hey, I’m XXX, I have this disorder, but as you can see by my grades, it doesn’t affect my intelligence.  Stress makes things worse, and everyone knows interviews are stressful.  Maybe explain that writing is one of your strong points.  Good luck!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Rubies: Maybe meet with a recruiter or a hiring professional who can give you some advice on what you’re doing right/wrong. Eye contact is important, but there may be other things you can do to show you are the right person for the job. Internships are hard to get too – even unpaid ones, so don’t get down on yourself.

And again, I go back to network. The best people are the people who you know well as they know what you are capable of and can give a great reference. You don’t just have to go meet strangers networking.

Also, have you built up your linkedin profile? There is also an online resume site (I forget the name) that you can load a video of you interviewing on. This may be a great option for you since you won’t have to make eye contact, can be totally prepared before shooting the video and will give employeers a feel for who you are before they even bring you in in person. Do your research on a company before you go in, have questions prepared for them.

I have an interview next week, so I totally feel you on all this. And it’s a lunch interview, so not only do I have to worry about what I’m saying and the impression I’m giving, but I also have to be careful not to spill food on myself (which I’m notorious for doing).

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Just went through the same thing last year.  Don’t be too worried about on-campus interviews. Top of my class, Law review, only got 2 on-campus interviews and got the job for one.  Firm couldn’t take on any of their law clerks as associates due to economy, so back to square one. Right now it’s only about “who” you know.  Go to law review social events and if your law review is anything like mine they keep in touch with alumni.  Get to know those alumni.  My new boss is a law review alumni and picked me because I was an editor and expressed an interest in famiy law (took every class and got the 3L award).  I would also look on your school’s job website to see if anyone has posted (make sure you know exactly how to use it because no one at my school really knew, which gave me an advantage).  Maybe you can find something not in OCI but that is just posted.  I also know a lot of smaller firms post on craig’s list.  If you check early and often you should be okay.  Just don’t give up.  Additionally, if your disability is hindering you, ask your career resources center if they have someone who can help you improve interviewing skills by mock interviewing.

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