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Job Search Type A

Posted by newlawmom on February 10, 2009

Someday I’m going to give myself a heart attack. I need to learn to relax. But not this week. It seems I have decided that I need to have a summer job yesterday.  I actually skipped my contracts class today to work on the job hunt. Today’s tally: 4 online submissions for corporate internships, 1 “tailored” resume revision so that I now have 2 depending on the purpose, hours online searching for appropriate opportunities, and one negative response from one of the paper apps that were mailed last week. I could stay up for another several hours applying for more jobs but I am out of time.  DEAR GIRL (that’s me…) Please – do not skip any more classes to seek work. That is ridiculous. Well, which matters more? And the answer is….summer work. Exams come later. Lord help me.

I was reading some other blogs yesterday and discovered the “covert job hunt scenario”. Seems everyone is doing it. And I guess so. It would never occur to me to tell a fellow student anything about my job search or even acknowledge that I have one. Nor would I tell them grades. Nor would I tell them most anything about myself. I certainly wouldn’t ask anyone else if they are looking for work. I assume some are. I assume some are not. And I assume some were more diligent than me and already have a job all lined up. In law school, or at least at my law school, we all respect each other. It’s like the military: don’t ask, don’t tell. Meanwhile, we are the most competitive people while we pretend (some better than others) to be collegiate. Make no mistake about it – these people mean business. So if I come out on top, more power to me. If not, its my own dam fault. There will be no peace in my world until I have a legal job for the summer. I’ll be more satisfied if I have a choice. And when push comes to shove, I don’t really care what the other students are doing. Which is probably why I don’t ask.

Well readers, when there is something you want, there is only one thing to do. Make it happen.


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