Help me manage a long-distance job hunt!
December 2, 2011 10:16 AM Subscribe
I'm a 2L at a third tier law school in one part of the middle of nowhere. My same-sex partner is from a very different middle of nowhere that has distinguished itself as one of the sorts of middles of nowhere that we can actually get married in. We are provisionally considering moving. The job market's bad enough already, so... help!
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total)
Maybe it's not quite as bad as it sounds. I'm top 10%, moot court and law review. And money is almost no object; what I really really want, no matter where, is small firm work and I'm willing to do the time at relatively low salary until I can can prove I bill enough to earn more. (I'd take $30k from somewhere I really liked, $40k would be preferable given the move, anything over that as far as my lifestyle is concerned is just gravy.)
Ideally I want to be doing bankruptcy and estate planning and other small transactional work, although I'm not against litigation or honestly anything but criminal work. My internships so far have been in health care and bankruptcy and I have good references. I am not worried about my prospects where I live now on that score; with recent trends, however, we're going to have to move somewhere out of state to get married, and this seems like our best bet.
My school has no alumni in that general area. I'm thinking about just putting together a massive mailing of resumes and just trying to tailor them by whatever I can find on the internet. But I don't know how to handle the timing. Should I send stuff now and mention that I'm available next summer? Wait until later and say that I'm available permanently starting summer 2013? (We can just go out for next summer, family living there have offered to help out if we do. Sadly, they don't seem to know any attorneys themselves.) And in doing so, how do I explain why I'm looking so far from 'home', how do I handle interview requests since I can't exactly afford to fly out weekly, etc?
If it doesn't happen, I don't consider this to be the biggest disaster, but it would be very nice if it did.