- Basically, my job sux ass. Literally pushes me to the darkest places and, long story short, I'm 100% just pounding a my square peg into a fuck-shaped hole through inhumane hours (250-300 hr months are common) and an incredibly unhealthy life
- Currently 4th year coming up on 5th yr in a few months in "regional biglaw." Without looking it up, probably in the range of AmLaw 110-140 or so. I'm full-time, partnership track associate still, but have definitely been moving towards the exit whether it ends up being voluntary or not. Eventually. Everyone loves me on a personal level which is probably the only reason I'm still around but I just cannot physically produce the way they want me to at this point.
- Long story short, I launched a business in the tourism/hospitality area. It's very new at this point, but EBIT (income, basically) should be around 100-150k. This honestly takes what feels like maybe 5-10 hrs of "real work" though per week. Please keep in mind that is isnt a high growth oriented business, which aligns with my goals, b/c my goals are definitely not to amass $$$. I'm still young and enjoying my youth tbh. And there's very "out-ing" reasons I value my youth especially high for what I'm pursuing where I live currently, approaching the maximum age that it's really possible but yea not going farther than that on this public forum.
- I also happen to be in a practice area that works well remotely, and while not "easy" to get, has a reasonable # of opportunities that are partially or fully remote. I need this because I'm not moving.
- I also note I have what looks like a very strong resume for my industry.. I could very easily go to a major market and get a fatty fukin raise, like $100k+ at this point, but honestly this experience has sucked ass so much that I cannot even fathom restarting at another firm at this point even for that kinda $$$.
- (I definitely do not come from or have safe fallback $ to coast if I break)
- My current firm is around the top of most "regional biglaw" firms, but to be very clear it's WELL below Cravath scale at this level of seniority (not even shy to share, I'm app'x $160k rn).
- (FWIW, please accept as true my opinion that I'm actually really fkin good at my practice area, not one of the ppl that's gotten fired cuz they suck)
So yea, that's pretty much my sitch. Based on all that, I've determined that my strategy is going to be to try to get to a firm/schedule that supplements my other business so I can continue to grow financially, but without sacrificing my life/mental health/entire joy of living the way I am now.
EWYB/K (earn-what-u-bill/kill) models are prevalent in my industry. So I've lined up some firms that offer this model. Including one that I talked to that has given "sorta" seemed to give me a standing offer. I've also lined up some interviews with more "traditional" firms (i.e., Vault firms) that are at least possibly open to the substantially remote thing.
Basically my goal is probably: A) land one of these firms where I can work 10-25 hrs a week and very decently supplement my business income; or, mayyyybe, B) cash out the end of my legal career with maybe 1 year or so of big paychecks in a remote capacity until they realize that I honestly think this industry is a dying model. And I figure I could re-enter the "BigLaw" scene once I'm 40 years old if I want to at that point.
So ultimately, here's my question: do I list my business, which is really what sustains me, what I find some joy from, doesn't take too much of my fleeting time left, and allows me to pursue the non-monetary things that I need to pursue right now. The way I see it, if I list it:
On the + side: maybe an interviewer sees and thinks its cool and interesting, it's profitable which is presumably good, demonstrates positive professional qualities or wtv.
But on the - side: they see it and think I'm fully devoted or committed to it such that I would shirk my legal work for it. They'd rather see me just FULLY committed to their firm.
Ultimately, I really just want to land one of the (very few) jobs that I am willing to take a shot at and that also are willing to accept that I am living where I live. So I do I list my personal business or not? My resume is totally fine without including it, but does it help me or hurt me?