Q: I have looked for a new job off and on over the last six months, but haven’t had even a nibble. How do I stave off the discouragement?
A: Imagine this scenario. I am visiting and ask you to make me a cup of tea…so you put water in the kettle and the kettle on the stove, but then you turn off the burner when you get a phone call. You restart the energy under the kettle but the doorbell rings and, again, you turn off the stove. This pattern goes on several more times. I may get frustrated but will I get the tea I wanted? Conducting a successful job search is a process, just as is boiling water. If you start and stop, start and stop, you get no results. Soon, you may give up on the process. Instead, stay thirsty and follow through. The process works, if you build the momentum it requires.
Failing to sustain momentum is one of the “Greatest Mistakes Lawyers Make When Looking for Jobs.” For my full article, published in the January, 2013 Chicago Bar Association Record, click here: