Anonymous User wrote:Anonymous User wrote:I am a 2015 grad who got fired before the end of 2016.
1. I negotiated more website time to 6 months. Though this was originally 3 month + a month to month basis. I didnt bash my firm during this time. they didnt make me sign shit. At the end of the 5th month i was getting the sense they wouldnt give me another month and kinda subtly threatened them "I need more time etc. it wont hurt the firm giving me more time, i have been good as far as the firm is concerned, i have been quiet, its not like i am going and talking to above the law or anything... please give me more time"
2. Recruiters are a mixed bag. I used 5 recruiters (side note: fuck them trying to get me to be exclusive) 4 recruiters applied to nearly 50 jobs and got me 0 interviews, one recruiter got me an in-house offer, and one recruiter got me 10 interviews and ultimately an offer. These were bottom end of v100 or smaller shops mostly, with one or 2 v50's. the difference being, that one recruiter was really trying and was good and cared.
3. It is easier to get those bottom v100 spots. My pitch was basically, everything is going really well at X firm, but there is definitely a certain feel for a 1000+ lawyer law firm ... i find i do my best work in the smaller more collegial groups at my firm and thats a dynamic im looking to find at a firm. blah blah blah this firm has that also best of both worlds bullshit since also top quality work etc.
4. I wouldn't tell recruiter or firm you are interviewing with anything about getting fired nor about firm finances or wtvr, use #3 or make something else up.
5. I got some decent traction outside of nyc (i was in a nyc firm). this is because the move makes more logical sense if it is for geographical reasons. also non-nyc firms are usually more hungry for nyc talent.
6. ASK FOR MORE TIME ON WEBSITE
7. this is extremely difficult emotionally, stay strong and dont go on vacation until you down with this. this next move is hugely important.
I am worried its too late to ask for more time, with only a month remaining. I am going to ask first thing monday.
How was the in house offer? I would jump at that if compensation was tolerable.
I am the quoted above. IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. i asked for an extension 1 week before my time expired. they already had me in the system to disappear one week from then. They already took all the steps as if i was leaving one week later. My advice in addition to the above is appeal to their human side. tell them u have been looking hard, doing your best, this is really stressful since this next move has MAJOR consequences for your legal career and livelihood, and then nicely ask if it would be possible to give more time. if they flat out say no, i would considr a veiled threat"i have been good as far as the firm is concerned, i have been quiet, its not like i am going and talking to above the law or anything... please give me more time" - doesnt really ever make sense to follow through on threat imo, and do not flat out threaten them. these people have egos and will not cower to threats, but an ambigious nicely worded reminded that u are being a good boy is your best backup move to a "no way jose"