In this Q&A clip, Harrison offers valuable advice for unemployed attorneys highlighting their skills and experience in a cover letter.
He suggests not discussing the reason for being unemployed and instead focusing on previous job experience and references. He also emphasizes the importance of connecting with the employer before discussing the reason for unemployment.
Harrison's advice is an excellent resource for anyone looking to make a strong impression in their job search.
Yeah, lots of people are unemployed, and people are laid off. They may have left their job for family reasons.
What I typically recommend in terms of talking about why you're unemployed is not talking about it. It's going to be asked in the interview. You're better off being asked that question in person many times after you've had a chance to make a connection, even if you were fired. The idea is that most employers, if they bring you in for an interview, they're looking for reasons for you to disqualify yourself. You can just say, my most recent position was with this job, or I did this and this.
If you have references there, you can certainly give them. But if you're unemployed, you want to give only a little information.