The process of seeking a position at a major law firm is not for the faint of heart. In addition to coping with core issues of financial security and professional identity, a candidate who submits his or her resume to a law firm must also deal with the daily roller coaster of a seemingly irrational and inefficient process of consideration. Before throwing your hat into the ring, it is best to gird yourself for the following four potentially negative by-products of the hiring process: silence, ambiguity, delay, and rejection. Even the most sought after candidate is often faced with one or more of these issues. But the thing to keep in mind is that these elements are a normal part of legal job search process. No one in a law firm intends to direct negative energy at a candidate, but the system is what it is, and understanding how it works can help you cope with what may at times seem frustrating and ego deflating. Once you can anticipate what to expect in the short-run, working with your recruiter to find the perfect position can be a very satisfying joint endeavor, as you negotiate each successful stage in the process.
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