You don't really want to be in BigLaw anymore, do you? Seriously though, after five years of working 80 hour weeks, after lasting through a recession and waves of bloodletting at your firm, what more is waiting for you -- partnership? (Stifle the laughter. We know, nobody is making partner nowadays.)
If you're tired of the grind, if there is no future at your firm, you need to be looking at the next big step. And if you latch on to the right company (like Google), you'll get perks that you never dreamed of at your stuffy law firm. (Free dry cleaning, food, and on-campus gym? We're in.)
Want to make the switch? Here are five places to begin your search:
FindLaw's Career Center
We're not just free case law and brilliant blogs (though we certainly are those things) -- we also have a robust Career Center job search that indexes job listings from across the Internet, keeping you from having to spend your entire lunch break finding jobs to apply for.
A relative newcomer to the online job hunting game, LinkedIn is an invaluable resource nonetheless. If you haven't heard of LinkedIn (BigLaw doc review basements can be lonely), it's the social network of choice for professionals. And with so many companies and resumes floating around on the site, job ads are a natural extension. In fact, they have 1,838 Corporate Counsel jobs listed right now.
Speaking of LinkedIn, have you connected with us yet?
Association of Corporate Counsel's JobLine
ACC: it's the voluntary bar association of corporate counselors everywhere. In addition to advocacy actions and holding nifty conferences, ACC has its own jobs database for you to peruse, with a way to store your resume on the site as well.
Simple name. Simple game. It's another source of in-house job listings. (They also have GoBigLaw.com if you're still into self-flagellation though additional years as a "senior" associate.) Their best feature: simple checkboxes for experience, location, and type of gig.
You didn't think we'd talk about a job without reminding you to network, did you? You've heard all about it by now, so we'll just say this: you're fabulous. Go out, mingle, and meet people. Your best bet for finding a new job is through connecting face-to-face. After all, what differentiates your paper resume from the other 387 unsatisfied BigLaw associates seeking to flee the firm life?
Editor's note, November 22, 2016: This article was first published in November, 2013. It has since been updated.
- From Captive Firms to Mini Firms: The Future of In-House Departments (FindLaw's In House Blog)
- How to Build Your Career to be a GC in a Niche Industry (FindLaw's In House Blog)
- FindLaw's Corporate Counsel Center (FindLaw)