TL;DR there is hope, you have to fight through the hard times.
Long time lurker on Vale, but I recently had some bad then good things happen and I thought it might be appropriate to share my story for anyone who wants to hear it.
I graduated May 2013, top third, T2. Moved across the country for law school, moved back across to a third state after. Looked for a job while I was applying for the bar, nothing. After words, started mass mailing, and luckily a firm had an opening for a law clerk (their summer intern was going back to school as a 3L). So, I started the crummy job, and over the course of 6 months applied/mass mailed to over 1000 jobs/firms/orgs whatever. Like many of you, became a craigslist/indeed/byu board king. That is the first thing I did everyday when I came into work.
Far and few between were the interviews. The worst blow was a firm that told me that I was their "first choice" and would likely be hired, only to have them tell me in the end they decided they wanted someone with experience. This job paid less than 40K, but I was crushed. I was ready to give up. You all know how that feels, I know it.
I start contemplating taking another state's bar exam so that I may be marketable, something I really, really didnt want to do.
Then, last week, I found out that one of the attorneys working at my firm was quitting. It is a small firm with 4 attorneys. So I go to our office manager and ask about the open position. Not only do they decide they want someone with experience, but they are also letting me go. They decided they needed another full time paralegal to replace me. I was beyond devastated the entire weekend. Embarrassed, and humiliated. I know I am not the only who has contemplated ending it all, because of employment.
Turning from depression, to anger, to desperation, I began to contact old mass mailings for the third time to bother them again about job openings. In addition to the designated career email addresses, I begin cc'ing named partners, because at this point, I have nothing to lose. I am ruined emotionally, financially (with student loans).
Turns out, one of these partners was impressed by this, and his firm is hiring an associate attorney. Brings me in for an interview, and hires me on the spot.
It is amazing how things can turn around. When you have a fuck it attitude and have given up all hope, I guess anything can happen.
I dont mean to be a bragger, rather I just want to let you guys know it can happen, especially when you least expect it, that is why it is important not to give up, to fight the fight. We knew the market going in, we were prepared for this uphill battle since day one.If you believe in yourself and sell yourself, you will be able to do it. You deserve employment, dont ever forget how hard you have worked.