Q: When I tell other lawyers I am exploring changing jobs, and ask them where they think would be a good place to work…they always just say they want to think about that and get back to me…but they never do. I’m so frustrated I could scream.
A: Small changes can make big differences in a job search. I have 4 small suggestions for you that should help.
Instead of saying you’re exploring, use more decisive language such as that you’re focusing on changing jobs or that you have decided to find your next job. That motivates people to take you more seriously.
Then, ask people a question they can answer. Instead of asking where they think you would like to work (which is hard if not impossible to know), ask them who they know in the field in which you are interested. In other words, ask them who they might talk to were they you.
If the person is actually in your practice area or works somewhere that does what you do, be sure to say that of course you would like to talk with them or their colleagues to see if there would be opportunity for you there.
Finally, instead of leaving a conversation with the ball in the other person’s court, if they still just say they’ll think about it…mention that you’ll give them a call sometime next week to follow up, and then do.
A job search is a challenging process, but hopefully these kinds of small changes will help keep your frustration to a minimum. That, in and of itself, will help your search.