Legal Resume Consultant, Legal Job Search, Sample Attorney Resume, Legal Search Firm - Legal Authority
 People Love Legal Authority: Reviews


Need Help? Call 1-800-283-3860.
Already a Member? Sign In
Share
"The most common means of obtaining a job was a letter or other "self-initiated contact" with the employer..."
- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW PLACEMENT
Legal Authority BLOG

I PASSED THE BAR! NOW WHAT? MOVING ON FROM PURGATORY


writer

By Gordon K. Sattro


For many, this is a time of emergence, an emergence from what I fondly call, purgatory.


For those who recently took the bar and were eagerly awaiting the results, they were trapped in an attorney’s version of purgatory. These unfortunate souls had their law degrees but were still unable to practice law. Their obstacle? The bar exam. As many emerge from this time where they were not quite law students and not quite attorneys it is an exciting time.


Many new attorneys in California sat at home in front of their computers on Friday staring at some far off clock waiting for 6:00PM to finally arrive. The tension from many worried thoughts and concerns rushed through their minds and then, 6:00PM came, many were elated, some were not.


Bar results have been released across all the fifty states with the most recent, California, finally releasing its results last Friday evening.


For those who were not fortunate enough to secure a job during their brief time in purgatory, the real work finally begins: The job search.


In the state of California, we have over 166,000 attorneys, and many are looking for work. As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, this figure represents just how many attorneys there are to compete with. Whether you are looking for a traditional legal job (requiring a J.D. and Bar admission) or a non-traditional legal job (J.D. preferred) you are facing a lot of competition.


So, you may ask, “What does this mean for me?”


It means that you are entering a job market that is already saturated and continuing to become further saturated as each new batch of attorneys emerge from purgatory. The fact that this is a difficult job market should come as no surprise, it has been difficult for years now; but it is not getting any easier.


This brings me to the point of this article: Refining your tactics when fighting to secure work.


There is one question you should always ask yourself, “How much effort am I putting into this job search?”


The reason why I say that you must always ask this question is because the answer, the HONEST answer, will be reflected by your results. When searching for a job many make the mistake of focusing on one aspect of the job search and completely disregard other approaches. This is the biggest mistake job seekers make. You MUST take a “multi-pronged approach.”


A multi-pronged approach is one that expands well beyond one aspect of the job search. More often than not, when I am speaking with candidates for Legal Authority they tell me they have been applying to “hundreds of jobs online”. While this may sound impressive, it is the wrong approach. You have to treat your job search like a battle. You do not simply attack a target with one approach, you must utilize many different avenues of approach in order to ensure that you effectively neutralize the target in question.


So let me provide you with the list of a few approaches to take, in order of efficacy, to attack the target (Your new job):

  1. Network!: There is no better way to secure a job than this. As the old saying goes, “It’s not what you know, it’s WHO you know.” If you have not reached out to a bar association, gone to a number of mixers, or reached out to your alumni then you are missing potentially lucrative opportunities. Get out there and be seen!
  2. Reach out to Firm that Interests You!: There are hundreds of opportunities that are missed by young attorneys and they don’t even know it, reaching out to a firm unsolicited is still one of the most effective ways of securing a job and you need to do so. The best resource for this, if you don’t already know, is with Legal Authority, if you have not reached out to us to learn more about this approach, you need to do so.
  3. Submitting Your Resume Online to NEW Open Positions!:In contrast to the above, these job listings receive hundreds of responses every day and it continues to grow with each new batch of attorneys.
    When submitting your resume online you must also be aware of the approach that you are taking. Always ask yourself the following: “Has this listing been on this site for less than a week? Is this a location that I can commute to? Do I meet the qualifications listed? Are my materials well-prepared?” If you answer “No” to any of these questions, you need not move forward, there will be more opportunities, just move on.

There are many approaches to the job search beyond this, and I will be discussing each approach in depth on this blog on a weekly basis. Keep coming back to receive more insights into the job search. If you want to speak to me directly to expand on these points or to just simply chat, you can schedule an appointment with me at www.legalauthority.com.


For those who successfully passed the bar this year, let me say congratulations, enjoy this victory. Now that you have won your first battle, prepare for the next.


All the best,
Gordon K. Sattro Esq.

  More Blog Advice
Sign up for a "Free, No Obligation Resume Critique" and "Free Market Evaluation". Let us tell you how much potential you have!
 
WE ARE VERY DISCRETE IN ALL CALLS.



Reviews
What Our Clients Are Saying
I sent 300 letters and got three interviews within one week, and eight days after sending the letters, I had a great offer. I love the firm and the environment. I am enjoying my new job immensely, and...
- Angela

I am a former actress and recent law grad and I really felt I had a tricky situation on presenting myself, due to the fact that I am older and have the whole prior acting career which I thought might ...
- Julie

I have gotten one interview and most importantly, one job offer as a result of my Legal Authority search. I just arrived in the country from England, had no U.S. legal education whatsoever, and my mos...
- K.P.

 MORE
Options
Your Options
Getting an In-House Position
Myth Versus Reality for Law Firm Jobs
Myth Versus Reality for In-House Jobs
Myth versus Reality: Law School Professor Jobs
Myth Versus Reality: Federal Clerkships, State &...
Myth versus Reality: Prosecutor Jobs
Pro Bono Legal Work and Your Legal Career
Give Yourself the Most Options
Major Practice Areas Analyzed
Starting a Career as a Real Estate Lawyer
Featured Advice
Featured Advice
New York Versus London Firms
Law School for Mature Students
The First Born Phenomenon
The Story Doesn't End There
Economics and ''Mean'' Law Firms
How to Acquire the Best Legal Jobs
The Art Of Networking - A Guide To A Networking...
How To Use Job Boards And Advertisements To Jump...
Finding Your Niche - The Smart Way To Market Yourself
Be an Effective Negotiator - How to Get the...
Taking a Pay Cut: Is it Worth it?
Practice Makes Perfect
Advice for Law Students and Attorneys: Emphasize Labor and Employment
What Is Legal Authority?
How Do You Work With Employer Data at Legal Authority?
5 Biggest Attorney Job Search Mistakes
Attorneys and law students are one of the most ill-informed groups of people there are when it comes to conducting a job search. MORE
Legal Authority Outplacement Program
Give your attorneys the most opportunities.
Making economic or strategic adjustments in personnel can be a tough decision for any firm... MORE
Law Student Wins with Legal Authority
How a highly successful Manhattan law firm associate auctioned himself off to the highest bidder... MORE
For Employers
Legal Authority's Comprehensive Employee Outplacement Program.
Give your attorneys the most opportunities. MORE
Our Database and Technology
Legal Authority's Comprehensive Database and Advanced
Search Engine.
 MORE
National Advertisement
Legal Authority and National Media
Take a sneak peek at the marketing strategies of Legal Authority. MORE
Get the best legal jobs through Legal Authority.
Click here to understand the simple process and utilize our services to the maximum.
Download Now
Get on Track
Get on Track
Legal Authority Core Values
How Do You Work With Employer Data at Legal...
Why Legal Authority Works: Myth versus Reality
What Legal Authority Does
Legal Authority and Law Students
What Is Legal Authority?
Using Legal Authority for Law Student Jobs
Legal Authority Works!
Legal Authority Is a Great Way for Law Students...
What Legal Authority Does For You
Choose Legal Authority
Choose Legal Authority for Your Job Search
Legal Authority Outplacement Program
Legal Authority Is the Smartest Way for Law Students to Find Jobs. Period.
If You Can Register on Legal Authority You Can Get a Legal Job
Why Legal Authority Will Transform You and Your Career
Do Not Let Your School Control the Recruiting Process
Who Can Legal Authority Help
Legal Authority Is Not for Everyone
An Advocate for Attorneys and Law Students to Get Jobs
What Legal Authority Does Works
Why I Started Legal Authority
Some Things You Probably Did Not Know about Legal Authority
Legal Authority Can Get You Your Next Law Firm Job
On-Campus Interviewing or Legal Authority
How Legal Authority Started: You Need to Have Desire to Achieve Your Goals
Legal Authority Works for Law Students
Legal Authority assists more attorneys and law students, at more law schools, get jobs than any other source.
From the Legal Authority Blog
The Practice of Law: To Stay or Go
+ Click here to read more
The Story Doesn’t End There
+ Click here to read more
Will an LL.M. help my legal career
+ Click here to read more
Request More Info
Learn more about Legal Authority
First Name:*
Email Address:*
Phone Number:*
Articles By Harrison Barnes From
BCG Attorney Search







FOUNDER HARRISON BARNES' BLOG

SIGN UP  |   HOME  |   ABOUT US  |   FAQ  |   CONTACT US  |   HISTORY  |   REVIEWS  |   TELL A FRIEND  |   LEGAL SPECIALTY AREAS  |   PRESS ROOM
LEGAL AUTHORITY JOB SEARCH TIPS  |   SITE MAP  |   SEE WHY LEGAL AUTHORITY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO FIND A LEGAL JOB  |   TERMS OF MEMBERSHIP  |   PRIVACY POLICY
DAILY JOB SEARCH ADVICE  |   DAILY JOB SEARCH VIDEO  |   FOXES AND HEDGEHOGS  |   OUR SITES
© 2019 LEGAL AUTHORITY INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.