Shit happens. What may seem like a lucky break can always fall through. In this job search you’re bound to have something (or several things) not go your way. hell, isn’t that why we are all unemployed?
My setback happened last night. As I previously mentioned, I had a part-time legal job (notice how I emphasized the “had”). Yesterday evening I received an email from my now-former boss letting me know that he just doesn’t have the time to work with me – apparently I do great work but he just doesn’t have the time to manage it. Since I was the first law clerk he hired for his solo firm, I’m guessing that perhaps he thinks it is easier to just do the work on his own time. I wouldn’t know for sure since the email is the only correspondence I have on the matter. Fine.
Now what? Back to square one. Well, I was always at square one with my full time job search but now I now longer have the part-time job to hold me over. Let’s take a moment for a little self pity.
Just one moment.
Alright – that is enough. Stop yourself (and me) from going into a downward spiral of negative thoughts. Now what? How can I make lemonade out of these lemons?
First, I’m identifying other law firms my former boss has connections to so that when he does get back in touch with me I can ask him for his help in reaching out to these new prospects. I am hoping that since he had to end my employment abruptly that he can at least help me find a new part-time or better yet a full-time position.
Second, since I still haven’t received any concrete feedback from the research and drafted memos I provided, I am going to ask if there are any quick pointers he can give me that he might have identified.
Third, get back out there! Edit that resume to put the job description in the past tense and move on!