How do you decide what job to look for and what job to take? What factors go in to the decision?
I am finding that scrolling through available jobs on job list websites is totally depressing because I find myself trying to fit my image of myself into random positions that I never would have considered except for the fact that they popped up on a screen in front of me. It’s not that productive nor, I think, very effective of a job search method.
But where should I begin? One might say I should visualize the ideal position that I want to find, then craft a resume and cover letter to match, and go seeking for that position. But I lack the vision right now. I do not have a clear next step in mind, and once again (as I was during the 3 years after law school) I am pondering a variety of different paths – immigration law, environmental law and policy advocacy, political involvement, or continuing in the ADR field with mediation. Any of these options would be great – but in a big job market like NYC, how do you tailor yourself and network and make contacts in these different fields? It seems impossible because it is overwhelming to try to join three or four different professional communities at the same time in one of the biggest cities in the world.
Secondly, how much credit, faith, concern should I put in the actual credentials and job experience required to get a job in any one of these fields? My gut tells me not to care, not to let others’ limitations cast a net over my creativity and idealism. But I question my own enthusiasm by only seriously considering jobs for which I actually meet the minimum qualifications – and that seems like a waste of my potential.
It’s too late to hold back. It’s too late to carefully consider all of the options. However, if I make a bold move – such as going out on my own, starting my own business – I need to really commit to it, and I don’t have a great track record of committing to such ideas. Once I tried to start a labor union for unpaid interns, and I got as far as buying a website and getting an employer ID number from the IRS. I also got a logo made up. And I never did anything more.
I wish there was a conclusion to this story, but you will have to hold out for the next chapter.