Monday, June 25, 2012

Ridiculous Craigslist Ad

So, I was bored and decided to visit the legal job section on Craigslist. No worries, I am still employed. I was just curious. If it wasn't for my curiosity, I wouldn't have found this gem!

I present one of the douchiest ads I've seen in a long time. Here are some of the best part.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Rejection Letters

Just some of my rejection letters. Maybe I should make a coffee table book.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Thank You

Starting the second week of July, I will be an associate attorney for a mid-size firm in Chicago. I got the news this afternoon. I am excited, nervous, and a bit scared. But, most of all, I am grateful.

Over the past year, I have gone through some of the lowest points in my life. And yet, through all the hopelessness, my family and friends continued to remind me that I needed to stay positive because my time would eventually come. It's funny. Just yesterday, I was telling my boyfriend that I was 100% sure that I did not get the job. That I would remain jobless all summer. He just laughed, reminding me once again that I had so many things to be thankful for and that the future was not as grim as I imagined it to be. I promised him that I would stay strong.

I am so thankful for all the support given to me by family and friends. They never gave up on me, even during times when I gave up on myself. However, this post isn't about them. It's about you.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Still No Job

I have officially been unemployed for over a year now. All my loans are in forbearance because I can't pay them. I have been applying to retail stores over the last couple of weeks, but nothing so far. I'm either over-qualified or under-qualified. My parents can't afford to help me out, and my boyfriend makes less than $15/hr. I'm kind of freakin' out about how I'm going to pay my bills next month. But still staying positive. Waiting to hear back from four places still (although I think two of the places won't ever get back).

I have also been working on my health lately. Eating better and exercising. Might as well, since I have nothing better to do.

At least my Tumblr account is keeping me busy.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Just Haven't Found It Yet

Hello. It's been awhile. 

Today has been weird. Over the last few weeks, I have been scared to check this blog or even my blog email (lawdegreefail@gmail.com). I was ashamed of my situation. I hated everything, including myself. I felt like a failure. So many people in my class are receiving job offers, or have been working since the bar exam. Not me though. And today I received yet another email informing me that while I am an excellent candidate, they chose another person for the position. I drove over 280 miles total for this interview, and I get a three sentence rejection email. However, like I said, today is weird. I wasn't devastated like I was so many times before. I wasn't angry, upset, or annoyed. 

I was just disappointed. 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Epiphany

I had this strange epiphany a couple days ago - "I'll never be a lawyer." 

The only opportunity I do have is a law clerk position, but I have to be a Chicago resident. Of course, I was forced to move back in with my parents, giving up my Chicago residency. Damn credits cards and student loans.

Additionally, I have been sending my resume very infrequently lately. There have almost no job postings for entry-level associates. The ones that I actually qualify for will most likely receive over 200+ resumes from desperate law grads. I usually never hear back (haven't so far). I have no interviews lined up.

The individuals who sat for the Illinois bar exam in February will be receiving their results soon, resulting in an influx of lawyers in Chicago. In other words, my chances are getting slimmer and slimmer by the day.

I have a gap on my resume since June.

I don't know what to do.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Update

Sorry about the lack of posts lately.  This whole unemployment thing has really knocked me on my ass.  A lot has been going on. So, here's a brief summary about what I have been up to since January.

1) Celebrated my 25th birthday

2) Celebrated my ten year anniversary with my boyfriend

3) Moved back in with my parents, including my two cats and boyfriend

4) As a side note, I had no idea how much I would miss Chicago, and how much I can't stand my parent's dogs

5) Did not get my "dream job" - the interview that I gave up a job offer for

6) Have been on a number of interviews - went on one today actually where he told me that the billable hours requirement was 2000 hours (keep in mind, this is a three person law firm...yikes)

7)  Have been reminded everyday exactly how overweight / unattractive I am (which actually makes me want to eat and sleep more because of stress)

8) Don't see my boyfriend for more than 3 hours a day because he works in the city and goes to school, so he comes home very late on the weekdays (he also has school on Saturday for a big chunk of the day)

9) Found a stray cat, named her Lily (trying to find a good home for her)

10) Still unemployed and credit cards are maxed

No worries though.  I'm staying as positive as I can.  More later!