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Hey guys, I've been looking for a job since February and shm3208/30/18
I don't think that you have to pay someone to review your re newyorkcity08/30/18
Thanks! I've been licensed since 2016 and had an immigration shm3208/30/18
How long did you do it for? isthisit08/30/18
1 year shm3208/30/18
Open up shop. Or find another gig doing Immigration. There's isthisit08/30/18
It's probably not your resume. The legal field is glutted. bittersweet08/30/18
Thanks for the advice! I probably should have mentioned that shm3208/30/18
Definitely get your resume in order. Do not rely on your sch wallypancake08/30/18
Thanks. What do you mean when you said bettering my position shm3208/30/18
First, you have to stop viewing yourself as pathetic, then p wallypancake08/31/18
Securing a non-legal job is a step in the right direction, t mtbislife08/30/18
Haha yea, I have been trying to get into the consulting sect shm3208/30/18
No, no, no. Applying for jobs with a resume is completely po acerimmer08/30/18
This is all true but best case scenario you land a job at a mtbislife08/30/18
My experience is that it’s not your resume but the job. I pisces21308/31/18
shm32 (Aug 30, 2018 - 10:00 am)

Hey guys,

I've been looking for a job since February and I keep getting referred for things but never called for an interview and then eventually rejected. Currently waiting away doing doc review. I am starting to think that maybe something is wrong with my resume, even though I have had it reviewed by my law school and looked up various sources. Has anyone worked with a professional who reviews resumes and can recommend them to me? Many thanks in advance.

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newyorkcity (Aug 30, 2018 - 10:27 am)

I don't think that you have to pay someone to review your resume, but you shouldn't trust your law school career people. Most of them are flunkies who couldn't make in law and their job is essentially to tell students what they want to hear so that students don't end up suing the school. But you should also keep in mind that the market has been, is, and will continue to be super competitive for candidates without experience. If you get licensed, keep at it, you will eventually (as in the long run) do well.

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shm32 (Aug 30, 2018 - 12:56 pm)

Thanks! I've been licensed since 2016 and had an immigration attorney position but was let go due to small firm not having money.

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isthisit (Aug 30, 2018 - 3:16 pm)

How long did you do it for?

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shm32 (Aug 30, 2018 - 3:37 pm)

1 year

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isthisit (Aug 30, 2018 - 4:42 pm)

Open up shop. Or find another gig doing Immigration. There's a ton out there for "experienced" immigration attorneys.

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bittersweet (Aug 30, 2018 - 10:45 am)

It's probably not your resume. The legal field is glutted. Those fresh out of school are at disadvantage because they don't have marketable legal skills (like litigation, contract writing, etc.). Sad thing is, you may never get a chance to develop those skills. While it will pay rent, doc review won't give them to you.

You can pay someone to rewrite your resume. They will be happy to take your money. They may even do a good job. But will it help you land you a job that starts a career in law? Not necessarily. If your resume is a piece of crap it will help tremendously. But few people with enough intelligence to get through law school are going to have a crappy resume.

Good luck!

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shm32 (Aug 30, 2018 - 12:58 pm)

Thanks for the advice! I probably should have mentioned that I have been out of school for 2 years and have been licensed since then. I have about a year of legal experience. I totally agree about doc review, but it is something I'm doing to get some money and not have a huge gap in my resume.

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wallypancake (Aug 30, 2018 - 11:02 am)

Definitely get your resume in order. Do not rely on your school's career services office, they are worthless. It may be worth it to pay someone to fix up your resume.

You mentioned that you have been job hunting since February. You need to do something else to raise your profile. Doing nothing does not get you anywhere. You should be focusing on what you can do to better your position even though you are not employed.

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shm32 (Aug 30, 2018 - 1:01 pm)

Thanks. What do you mean when you said bettering my position? Do you mean doing things like CLE and pro bono? I have been doing that. It just seems like getting a job is like seeing a shooting star right now

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wallypancake (Aug 31, 2018 - 9:56 am)

First, you have to stop viewing yourself as pathetic, then people will view you that way. That may be your biggest problem. In my personal interactions with unemployed or underemployed lawyers, they are very much in the victim space. Practically this whole website is for people in the victim space. You need to take charge of your life, not let someone else dictate that to you.

Second, enhance your resume. If I'm a potential employer, I know that the market is extremely difficult. Show me that you can do something, not just wait for me to call you and offer you a six figure job. That is not happening. Publish articles in your field, especially highly academic journals that focus on a specific area of law. Do some pro-bono work. Go to legal aid and volunteer. Start your own free legal service.

Third, once you are confident and have done some things, get out there and network. Tell people that you can do things. Make sure that you have the proper social etiquette when you speak with people. Tell them how you did this and want to take it to the next level.

The again, this is JDU, where doc review is preferred to solutions.

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mtbislife (Aug 30, 2018 - 12:05 pm)

Securing a non-legal job is a step in the right direction, this is just a taste of whats to come if you keep down this road.

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shm32 (Aug 30, 2018 - 12:55 pm)

Haha yea, I have been trying to get into the consulting sector of things, but that is also hard when you don't have mu cnn experience and the year that I have is all just legal.

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acerimmer (Aug 30, 2018 - 2:41 pm)

No, no, no. Applying for jobs with a resume is completely pointless... it will get you nowhere, and will frustrate you and leave you bitter and resentful.

Looking for a good job is all about networking. Instead of working on your resume, meet as many people (face-to-face) as you can. It will totally suck, but it's the only way.

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mtbislife (Aug 30, 2018 - 4:24 pm)

This is all true but best case scenario you land a job at a bankruptcy or ID firm making 50k give or take working long hours. Assuming you stick that out maybe you move to another firm after a few years and make 70k give or take for long hours and begin drinking every night. After that you get canned for not bringing in business and/or you get too expensive and your boss hires a noob for cheaper. You’ve been warned.

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pisces213 (Aug 31, 2018 - 6:34 am)

My experience is that it’s not your resume but the job. I used to get consistent results not depending on my resume version but depending on where I applied to.

State court clerkships seemed to be most accessible in my experience (and my friends) especially those far away from big cities.

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