Q: I have a solo practice that is doing ok but I want to move across the state. I’m not finding a job there though; should I just move without one?
A: This isn’t a one-size-fits-all issue. Some people want to move but can’t afford to until they have a job. For you, in that you do have business development skills, you could show your commitment by moving, hang a shingle in the new locale, supplement your income with hourly work through an agency, and increase your local contacts in the legal and business communities. Then, you’d be well positioned to reinvigorate your search.
This question would be even trickier if you had asked about moving to another state where you aren’t yet licensed. That also depends on circumstances, but getting admitted to the new Bar would be the first priority, if required. Hiring is an investment, so showing a commitment to the geography is central. Conducting a search at a distance can be successful, but relocating if you can sends a meaningful message to prospective employers.
I know many people think you need a job to get a job, but I’m not one of them. If you know how to and will sustain a search, you can find a job. But you also have to think so.