How do I find a job?

I have an undergraduate degree wherein I double majored in journalism and legal studies, a law degree with honours, and a graduate diploma of legal practice. I have just over a year's worth of internship experience on my resume, at a national tier firm, yet no other work experience to speak of. I have been graduated for almost eight months yet I cannot find a job as a lawyer or any regular job at all. What do I do? I just want a job. Any job.

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  1. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why didn't your internship hire you on?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Unironically because I am white / maybe because I have a israeli surname. They were a national tier firm but all of the same very particular race and religion. I genuinely believe that once I asked for a job, and they realised they could no longer use me for free labour, that because I was not part of their in-group, they cut me loose. Their official reason was that they were concerned I was being exploited and taking opportunities away from others.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        The law market is tough and I suggest you stop using race as an excuse. It’s genuinely difficult to get a lawyer job.

        Where do you live? Are you willing to move to other places to get a job?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          It isn't an excuse. That was my lived experience at that firm. I agree that the market is tough.

          I live in the CBD of one of the largest Australian cities.

          Yes, I would move anywhere except going rural. It has to be within 10km of a city.

  2. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    How long have you been actively looking for a job?

    Tell us about how you find potential jobs to apply to, and how your application goes. Tell us about how you have utilised the network you build during your internship.

    How old are you? Why don't you have any work experience at all beyond an internship?

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Eight months for lawyer jobs, two months for absolutely any job.

      >Tell us about how you find potential jobs to apply to, and how your application goes. Tell us about how you have utilised the network you build during your internship.

      I apply on LinkedIn, Seek, and Indeed. Sometimes I get an interview but usually I get an autogenerated rejection. Of the interviews I have had, one was at one of the best firms in the country, and the others have all been at small boutique firms. No middle tier which surprises me.

      The network I built at university and my internship occasionally send me job advertisements to apply to or people to speak to but by the time they tell me this information, I have already applied on my own, and spoken to those people already.

      >How old are you? Why don't you have any work experience at all beyond an internship?

      28. I come from money and my family wanted me to prioritise my education. Most of my cohort graduated with even less work experience. I cannot rely upon my family to find me a job. I have tried asking them but to no avail. Of the jobs they have told me to apply to, I have faced autogenerated rejections.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        Have you tried positions in your local government's office? Any of the departments could probably use someone with a law degree.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Yes, I have applied to those too. On average I apply to between five and ten jobs a day. I have tried writing applications myself, using Chat GPT, and even having friends / family write applications for me.

          The only job that I was quote unquote "offered", retracted their offer when I asked for explanation regarding several clauses in the contract. The clauses were illegal and immoral but I did not want to call the firm out on it in case it was a mistake.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            >> On average I apply to between five and ten jobs a da

            This is a major problem that is holding you back. You aren't applying to maccas mate, you're trying to get a job in a law firm. Your application should take 2-3 days to write.

      • 3 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        >> Seek

        So you're aussie or kiwi?

        You never answer my question about why you have no other work experience at all beyond a single internship in the decade since you left high school?

        I don't care about what others in your course did, they aren't asking for help. Why do you have no experience?

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          I could not juggle getting good marks with outside distractions. I did not need the money and I chose to prioritise academia and sleep. The adage of only being able to pick two of work, sleep, social life, good marks, fitness, felt very true to me.

          >> On average I apply to between five and ten jobs a da

          This is a major problem that is holding you back. You aren't applying to maccas mate, you're trying to get a job in a law firm. Your application should take 2-3 days to write.

          I completely agree and for the mid tier and top tier jobs I do dedicate more time. The boutiques and small tiered firms have almost nothing to say about themselves on LinkedIn, their own website, or online articles. Those applications take an hour or less to write, as the only information I have to work with is in the job advertisement. Sadly these small firms are the ones that I am most often applying to.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

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            I am not trying to sound defeatist. I am just genuinely confused.

            By not having work experience you have fricked yourself. You are competing against other applicants who have years of work experience behind them and referrences they can point to. When you go to uni you MUST have a casual job, it's non-negotiable if you ever want to get hired. If you can't time manage your life to fit in casual work, study and sleep then how are you going to appropriately time manage your work?

            Without that work experience, you've missed out on more than a decade of workplace skills and experiences your peers who did casual work have on you. You've missed out on professional colleagues who could vouch for you, for your skills, for your reliability, employers who can say "we chose to employ anon and we chose to keep employing him until he chose to leave".

            I can't impress how far behind you've made yourself by not working during that period. Casual work isn't about the money and if you're in law school you're not really supposed to be sleeping.

            Those smaller firms are the firms you need to impress. They're essentially your only hope and you're spending the least amount of time on your applications to them. That's ridiculous. They're who you should be spending the most amount of time with. No, they won't have big bios online, because they don't have the staff to make that happen. Wtf does that have to do with how long you spend on your application? Yes, you absolutely should research the organisation but bro, you need to be making a personal connection with the hiring manager whom in these smaller firms is probably also the owner. This is your elevator pitch mate, your chance to ignite in their imagination you working there with them and how you are the best fit for the job. You're sitting here telling me you spend an hour on that. A fricking hour? Employers aren't impressed by daddies money mate, if you're going to use that as an excuse for not doing the work you're never going to get anywhere.

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          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            [...]
            I am not trying to sound defeatist. I am just genuinely confused.

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            Your plan of action should be this

            1. Spend more time on your applications for roles with small firms.

            2. Broaden your search from only jr law roles to also include other roles at these firms. Getting your foot in the door may lead to a promotion into a law role or at very least it will be some of that experience you desperately need that can lead to a law role elsewhere.

            3. Look for a volunteer role in law or administration. Something that can be only a couple days a week or a weekend job. This will score you work experience and references.

            4. Look for a casual role in social care to fill the time and gain experience/references. Social care is in high demand for workers, has a low barrier or entry and if you can get a positive reference will demonstrate you have people skills which is invaluable in law. Some of those NDIS roles make $50/hr for sitting on a couch watching tv with an autist or a downy.

          • 3 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            [...]

            By not having work experience you have fricked yourself. You are competing against other applicants who have years of work experience behind them and referrences they can point to. When you go to uni you MUST have a casual job, it's non-negotiable if you ever want to get hired. If you can't time manage your life to fit in casual work, study and sleep then how are you going to appropriately time manage your work?

            Without that work experience, you've missed out on more than a decade of workplace skills and experiences your peers who did casual work have on you. You've missed out on professional colleagues who could vouch for you, for your skills, for your reliability, employers who can say "we chose to employ anon and we chose to keep employing him until he chose to leave".

            I can't impress how far behind you've made yourself by not working during that period. Casual work isn't about the money and if you're in law school you're not really supposed to be sleeping.

            Those smaller firms are the firms you need to impress. They're essentially your only hope and you're spending the least amount of time on your applications to them. That's ridiculous. They're who you should be spending the most amount of time with. No, they won't have big bios online, because they don't have the staff to make that happen. Wtf does that have to do with how long you spend on your application? Yes, you absolutely should research the organisation but bro, you need to be making a personal connection with the hiring manager whom in these smaller firms is probably also the owner. This is your elevator pitch mate, your chance to ignite in their imagination you working there with them and how you are the best fit for the job. You're sitting here telling me you spend an hour on that. A fricking hour? Employers aren't impressed by daddies money mate, if you're going to use that as an excuse for not doing the work you're never going to get anywhere.

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            This has made me sad but I will try your advice.

        • 3 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          >> On average I apply to between five and ten jobs a da

          This is a major problem that is holding you back. You aren't applying to maccas mate, you're trying to get a job in a law firm. Your application should take 2-3 days to write.

          I am not trying to sound defeatist. I am just genuinely confused.

  3. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Why do you c**ts who violate the sfw image rule of this board always choose images of the fattest and ugliest b***hes? Like, it's never the hot girls

    • 3 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      you're a homosexual dude, a fuge haggot.

  4. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Take the criminal defense pill

  5. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    You ok with doing some wagie work for a while til you can build yourself up? Look into a bank or Credit Union. Ok pay, good benefits, and the teller work isn't too much harder than the typical cashier. Then after a while you can move into a back office roll like fraud or corrections, and make even more. Its what I'm doing atm, and while work is rough some days, its tiding me over until I get my shit together.

    Best part is, no degree required. Just have a clean crime record and some experience with Microsoft programs.

  6. 3 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    >all these credentials
    >come to IQfy to ask where to get a job
    Why is this so common? In however many years of school they dont coach you on this? I would bet there is at least some kind of employment office at your university that you can talk to that will help

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