It’s November. That’s right – November. If you’re like me and gave up job searching for the most part while studying for the bar and picked it up after we’ve been doing this since August. Three months. Three months of sending out resumes with little or no response. Three months of our friends asking how the job search is going. Three months of our mothers asking if we’ve looked on monster.com or as mine said, “have you looked to see if there is some job search website just for lawyers?” or passing along gossip about someone else getting a job and wondering how they were able to get one and not you. Three long months.
I found a very heartwarming article the other day that made me feel better about us still being unemployed after three months. Marc Cenedella, Founder & CEO of TheLadders.com wrote a very useful article, “How long is this going to take?” Now, he is writing for the $100K+ community, which we all hope to be, so I took his expertise seriously. In Marc’s expert opinion, a typical job search will take at least five months plus one month for each of these items you are changing: company, function, industry, location, size of the company, and compensation.
In our situation, we are pretty much changing at least one, if not two or three, of these areas. Thus, by my calculations our three months is not actually all that bad. In fact, it seems we have a few more months of this before something happens. However, I obviously look to the bright side and choose to see that now we are armed with some useful information to spit back at those people who stare at you in disbelief that you are still job hunting. Just brush them off and say, “It’s only November.”