It was a great honor to go back to my alma mater, Tulane Law School, and share job search tips with students interested in pursuing opportunities outside of BigLaw. Give back and pay it forward!
A job search can be jarring. The process often takes longer than expected, and most of the decision making is out of your control. However, you can control how you internalize non-responses to your resume submissions and interviews. One of the most common mistakes candidates make is thinking there is something “wrong” with their resume or with them. Please know that, with rare exception, it is NOT you!
Whether you are looking for an opportunity in a city or state where the practice of requesting salary history from candidates is banned or you are looking in a state that has banned the ban (yes, that is a thing), the question of compensation is still present. Next time you are asked about your current compensation or about your compensation expectations, consider responding with a question of your own.
When deciding to make any type of change in your career, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the questions that may come to mind. However, these questions should not be used as an excuse to stay put. If you are not happy, or are somewhat happy but wonder what else is out there, you owe it to yourself to think about what is not satisfying about your current role.
Everyone who has looked for a job has, at one time or another, gone into the black hole. The black hole takes many forms. You submit your resume for a position that seems to be a perfect fit, but there is no acknowledgement. You think your interview is a home run, but you never hear back. You are told that your interview went well/you are being brought in for another round/you are getting an offer, and then…silence.
Incredibly talented lawyers who write flawless agreements and briefs get stuck on the basics of resume writing every day. This is no surprise. As a lawyer, you weren’t taught how to write a resume. Although your first thought may be that it shouldn’t be difficult, once you get started, your next thought may well be that it is not as easy as it seems.