Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For Lawyers, It's a Jungle out There

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

For Lawyers, It's a Jungle out There

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Dear Ann Landers: I read with interest the letter from "Unemployed MBA/JD." I work in a law firm, and her story is one I've heard before. Many times. The market is so glutted with lawyers that our small firm is able to hire Ivy League graduates for associate positions. In fact, they are beating our doors down.

It definitely is an employer's market. We have received a large number of resumes from attorneys who are applying for paralegal positions. Their cover letters state that they have been trying to find positions without success and are willing to work as paralegals to get a foot in the door.

The attorneys we do hire are expected to work diligently and be extremely competent. If they don't measure up, they don't last long. Replacements are a dime a dozen. One thing is for sure - I am not going to encourage my children to be lawyers. Jobs are hard to find, the hours are long and the pay is lousy.

Good luck to "Unemployed MBA/JD." She will need it. SYMPATHIZER IN D.C.

The job market is tough not only for brand-new lawyers but for fledgling doctors, engineers and business school graduates.

When young people write and ask me how to find employment, I don't know what to tell them. Awhile back, a reader from Isaquah, Wash., wrote about how hard it was to get a job. I suggested that perhaps his negative attitude had something to do with his failure to land something. I caught unshirted hell for that one. I will share the fallout with you next week.

My response to people who are desperate for jobs is the same as Tarzan's comment to Jane, "It's a jungle out there." I know of no magic words to open those doors.

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Dear Ann Landers: Last year, I had a flourishing dried-flower business. As my business increased, my sister and aunt helped me out. After a month or two, "Aunt Di" noticed the money I was making and decided to open her own business. …

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