attorneys who have been out of work for long time seriously consider taking a
survival job. But can working outside your field spell trouble for your job
search? Below are a few tips on how to
survive the “survival job”:
1. Don’t take a job too far outside
your career, especially if there is a possibility that you will remain
unemployed for an extended period of time. For example, it might be difficult
to explain to employers why you worked as a pizza delivery guy (or similar
low-level job) for one year. This
potentially awkward situation might prove even more so for experienced
2. If you seriously can’t find work
other than jobs far outside your field (i.e. pizza delivery guy, waitress or
administrative assistant) make sure you remain there for only a short period of
time. We’re talking less than six months.
3. Don’t engage in heavy-handed
self-marketing while at your survival job.
While it’s okay to gently hint at your interest in an attorney position
while working a survival job at a law firm, don’t overdo it.
4. Do make sure that you remain
connected to your network of colleagues and continue your job search. Taking a survival job may be demoralizing;
but don’t allow your disappointment to stop your job search momentum.
5. Do prevent skills from
atrophying. Taking a class and attending workshops will not only keep your
skills up-to-date, it will provide an opportunity to network.