Document review anyone? Sure, this is NOT the job you EVER imagined yourself doing but as a brand new spanking attorney, sometimes there isn’t another option. At least for the time being.
Let’s get one thing straight. Doc. review is THE MOST BORING THING I’VE EVER HAD TO DO but someone’s got to do it. Not only that but a job is A JOB, people. Swallow your pride and take that job for the time being–AKA while you continue applying for other jobs until you finally land the one you want.
The market for new attorneys is super rough right now and those loans are going to start being in repayment soon and trust me you do not want to default on your loans.
Document review does not pay a lot. Starting salary can be as low as 45K for a new attorney. A plus to this though, is that many of the firms offering this type of position eventually increase your salary to 50K and they almost always offer you medical, vision, and dental. So if you’re needing… then you’re needing.
Let there be no shame in your game and take the job if you’re finding luck in your dream job for the time being. Like my husband says, “everyone just wants to immediately land in their dream field.” But sometimes, life is not as easy. Good things take time and experience so don’t feel like your dreams aren’t ever going to come true just because you aren’t landing you dream job as soon as you get sworn-in as a new attorney. Have patience. Get experience elsewhere. See what you can learn and make the most out of your time wherever you are. Try to set time limits for a particular job that you don’t enjoy so that your mind will know that this is only a temporary situation. It’s so easy o get caught up in our “failures” that it’s hard to stay focused on what we’ve been working so hard for in this lifetime.
For me, I was so miserable at first because I had not landed my dream job, which I did end up applying for. I was too new, without much “real” experience (guess they didn’t take my interning experience too seriously) that they didn’t want me at the moment. But that’s just it too… If they don’t want you at the moment, it does not mean that they will not EVER want you. Continue working hard and never lose focus. What I did to keep me going was print out a picture of an attorney that inspired me. For me, that was Thomas R. Kline. Kline is a multi-million dollar Personal Injury attorney that has contributed a lot to Pennsylvania law with the outcome of his cases. He was a teacher for six years or so before deciding to go to law school. His success was not instantaneous. He worked hard until he could open up his own law firm. Point is, seeing his picture in my cubicle kept me going. Ket reminding me that I too one day would achieve great success as an attorney. Not financially per se but by helping people and not merely inputting data day in and day out.
In the end, I was able to continue searching for other jobs and finally land one that I knew I would love. I start this next week. 🙂