Need advice on my frustrating situation

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Need advice on my frustrating situation

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 24, 2015 2:57 pm

I recently graduated have been looking for work regularly for 6 months now and have no luck. I regularly get interviews (2 a week) and have been rejected for all of them. Part of it is because I moved to a new market in Washington on the west coast, to be closer to my wife. However, I am not even striving for firms, but rather a prosecutor position.

I have numerous prosecution internships with misdemeanor trial experience during law school. I know my resume is impressive because interviewers tell me so and I interviewed in Queens, Manhattan, philly, miami, suffolk, and the like. Yet, I have been rejected at 6 prosecution offices in the past month and have no where to turn other than my home state of Wisconsin. Should I give up and go back to school? I have heard that after a year you are basically unhireable. Any truth to that? It seems like it is more my personality at this point

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Re: Need advice on my frustrating situation

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:44 pm

If I were you, I would first determine my priorities: proximity to spouse/location versus position-type.

If location is your priority, I would open up the job search beyond prosecutor positions. Secure a legal job (any legal job) in your desired location, gain some experience, network in your local area, and then consider trying again for local prosecutor positions in a couple of years.

If being a prosecutor is your priority, consider being more geographically flexible. Even rural areas need prosecutors, and those less desirable locations are less competitive. Once you've gained some experience, you'll have more pull when you request to relocate.

Stay flexible. Good luck!

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Re: Need advice on my frustrating situation

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:45 am

I had a friend that landed a sweet gig after being unemployed for 2.5 years after school. Keep at it.

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Re: Need advice on my frustrating situation

Postby unlicensedpotato » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:06 pm

Definitely expand your search beyond prosecution jobs, your OP makes it sound like you're considering going back to school rather than accepting a non-prosecutor position, which is insane.

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Re: Need advice on my frustrating situation

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 25, 2015 1:11 pm

Just curious, what part of Washington are you in?

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Re: Need advice on my frustrating situation

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:22 pm

I was offered a job at a firm for 45k and no benefits. That's worse than prosecution. Should I take it or go back to school?

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Re: Need advice on my frustrating situation

Postby psteele99 » Fri Mar 27, 2015 12:46 am

Prosecution jobs in the Seattle area are really low. Try the private firms. They pay well. I have heard rumblings from some classmates that they are being offered 100k out the gate. That's different in Tacoma and Snohomish County. Stay flexible and look at private firms.




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