john titor wrote:I resume-bombed firms, searched the requisite job sites, got 2 OCI interviews (no offer). I got my current job by exploiting a personal connection, basically.
to answer your other question, I'm going to ask for a raise in august. ive got my eye out for other job opportunities, but I havent found anything that I could get that pays more than 50. I like the geographic area where I work, though, so I'm basically just thanking my lucky stars that I get to work here at all. "entry-level" associate jobs just dont exist in my county, unless theyre grandfathered in like I was.
Maybe I'm just being overly optermistic... but I feel that even though you only have 25k/yr left after loans + taxes, lawyers are in a position to continue upward mobility. Entry level grads down here in the Miami, FL market are fetching around 50-75k on Craigslist where you typically see a lawyer with 10 years in the game earning upwards of 150k. I've even seen government jobs commanding those pay rates with 7-10 years of experience; I wouldn't mind being around there in my 40's.
Although to be fair I think the pay figure comes from the rainmaking aspect of it. I, for one, understand that my law firm needs to make a profit off of me. The higher the profit, the better my pay and the better my bonus; hence, rainmaking will be a large aspect of my free-time at least for a while after LS.
I'm pretty sure I'm talking out of my ass and ignoring the politics - but I do know business and the numbers need to add up at the end of the day.