This is a true story as told to JustJobs Academy which houses career interviews and job search advice for professionals in any industry. Visit to read about how to find the perfect job and how to get promoted once you land it. I work as a solo practicing attorney. As a solo practicing attorney, I specialize in many different industries, including business transactions, personal injury, estate planning and criminal defense. I have four years experience. Essentially, a lawyer is an agent or a representative of their client; so I act as a vehicle for my clients to use to navigate the legal system. While the client has control over “what” the representation entails (such as it being a contract case or a personal injury matter), I control the “how” and the other gritty details. My work involves interviewing clients and witnesses, investigating facts, researching the law and relevant case work and drafting documents to file with the court. I also litigate on behalf of my clients, which involves speaking in court and making legal arguments. A common misconception of attorneys is that they’re conceited and only after the money. I’m not saying it isn’t true in all cases, but from my experience, me and my cohorts are genuinely out there working to do the best we can for our clients. I would rate my job satisfaction at an eight out of ten. I truly enjoy interacting with my clients and working in the judicial system. However, there are downsides. The hours can be long. Stress is a large concern that affects personal and business life. Solving problems has always been a pastime of mine and legal work is just that. When a client walks into my office, they have some matter they need me to think about and provide with some answer. Through estate planning, for example, I can ensure the family feels that their property and wealth will be properly distributed and that it will go to the right people. I was fortunate enough to build a sound network of contacts to help me build and maintain business. Some attorneys are also fortunate to have or know partners in established firms that can help them find a job or a practice. It took me two years to finish law school; it usually takes three. Bar reviews are expensive and you typically can’t work while studying for a bar. The time, money and devotion you put in is important. If I did this over again, I’d be more mindful about my loans and the spending while in school and while studying for the bar. When you’re a solo practicing attorney, the hardest lesson is that there’s no one to really turn to; you have to trust your gut. The first case I handled cemented this lesson; I walked into court with my client overly cocky and ended up having to file a motion for recess to rethink some tactics. It’s all up to you with regard to your success. In school, you had peers, professors, career services, etc. all looking out for you. But in the end, it’s what you do that decides where you go. Strange is par for the course in the legal field. I’ve dealt with sun-meditating religious freedom cases and helped defend against baseless claims alleging conspiracy going all the way to the President of the United States. I get up and go to work everyday knowing there’s a potential to make a difference in someone’s life. Defending a wrongfully accused defendant and being able to argue in his favor is one of my prouder moments. Determining the truth and assessing credibility is always a struggle and always needs to be in the back of my mind. The worst thing is fighting for a client who ends up recanting everything he told you because he was lying. Stress is an issue for me, as for most lawyers. The hours can be long and the stakes are often high. I do my best to relax with my family and friends outside of work to help strike a balance. A rough salary is about $50,000 per year starting out. I set my fees and live within my means. As a solo practitioner, I set my own hours. I can easily work hard in order to take vacation. It’s all limited by my output. You must go to law school and pass the bar to practice and I advise people to do their best to go to a reputable law school and partake in many activities, such as law review and moot court. I would tell a friend that law is not easy. You must be dedicated, willing to take on student loan debt and willing to put in all the time you have to succeed. I’d be doing the same thing I am now: working for myself, representing the cases I choose and doing the best I can. Career lawyer image from Shutterstock
8 Ways You're Being SHUT OUT Of The Hiring Process
1-hour workshop to help job seekers figure out what's getting them tossed from the hiring process
September 28, 2022
Are you terrified of screwing up a job interview? Does the thought of writing a cover letter horrify you? Are you scared to network with others? What do you even say, anyway? If you're struggling to overcome your job search fears, this live event is for you.
We get it. Looking for work can be scary, especially if you’ve been at it for a long time and haven’t gotten any results.
Understanding which fears are getting in the way and how to overcome them will make all the difference. Sometimes you might not be aware of which obstacle is getting in the way of your goals. If you want to overcome these fears once and for all, we invite you to join us!
In this training, you’ll learn how to:
- Utilize strategies for coping with your job search fears
- Be confident in your job search—from writing your resume to networking
- Face your fears and move forward
Join our CEO, J.T. O'Donnell, and Director of Training Development & Coaching, Christina Burgio, for this live event on Wednesday, October 5th at 12 pm ET.
CAN'T ATTEND LIVE? That's okay. You'll have access to the recording and the workbook after the session!
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If you feel like many of the job postings you come across in your job search are scams, you're not alone. You are not the first job seeker to tell me they feel this way. But we have to think about where this comes from.
The Job Application Process Is A Broken System
@j.t.odonnell Replying to @nana_5075 Why job listings feel like a scam... #jobs#careers#careertok#jobtok♬ original sound - J.T. O'Donnell
Back in the day, a company would post a job in the want ad section of a newspaper, so you'd have to open up a newspaper, read through it, write up a resume and cover letter, and snail mail your application off to them. When the idea came to post jobs online, it meant more people who were the right fit could apply. But over time, that's broken down.
Now thousands of people will apply for one job when it gets posted. And many of those job applicants are not a fit. So employers now have to hire recruiters, who are also called sourcers, to go through thousands of applicants so they can whittle it down to about 50 qualified applicants. What's the rhyme or reason they're using to select some applicants and screen others out?
This is why you don't get called—because it's just so random.
After employers get down to 50 applicants, they look through those, find a few they like, and call them. That's why only 3% of people who apply online ever hear back from companies.
It's a completely broken system, so I can see why it feels like a scam. The whole thing is flawed.
So, how do we improve this system? It starts with making better matches, getting back to a place where only the right people are applying to the employer. We actually want fewer applicants, but more of the right applicants. That's the solution. And there are hundreds of millions of dollars in this industry trying to figure it out. But the one thing we have seen is that storytelling is one of the ways to do that.
You're going to see a rise in companies telling their stories. And there's a fancy term for this in our industry. It's called employer branding. Companies will tell their stories on social media platforms like TikTok so that those stories fatefully, naturally, and organically show up in your feed. But it's not fate, right? It's the algorithm at work—and before you know it, you'll start to see companies that feel like a fit. Then you'll go over and check them out. You'll see that there's a job posted that you're fit for. And this is how this matching process will start to fine-tune itself.
Right now, yes, you're right. Those online job postings don't work. They don't work for either side. We need a better system. And storytelling is the key. So go learn how to conduct a proactive job search today so you can finally land a job and work for an employer you actually like!
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