I’m trying to return to a more structured legal job after having worked as a legal consultant after earning an MS in corporate management in 2015. I’ve been told again and again I am qualified (or over qualified) and have rewritten and readjusted my CV for a variety of roles but I cannot seem to find a permanent role. I left my prior job defending banks and hedge funds that I was excelling in and had held since graduating from Cornell Law because when the markets returned to normal, I did not want to spend my entire life defending the interests of bankers and hedge funds and was able to attend The New School on a full ride. My hope was that my MS, focused on corporate governance and management and my professional experience would make me a more appealing candidate to corporations requiring legal help in making them compliant with the many rules and regulations that have been and continue to be implemented relating to global governance, GDPR compliance, various changes in state, federal, and international banking laws, cyber security and consumer protection laws, employment related matters, and issues related to corporate governance. Given that I know a great deal about the issues of sustainability and corporate citizenship from a business perspective, I had also hoped to work with a company or, with a law firm representing such companies, that was interested to or in the process or or invested in sustainability as some part of its business model (because, practically speaking, the companies concerning themselves with this issue now are the only companies that will exist in 30 years).
While I’ve had a number of great informational interviews as well had various academic and legal articles published, the only work I’ve been able to find at all, despite working with an excellent career coach,’ networking to death, widening my search in scope, and drafting a number of resumes, is project based.
I’ve been told again and again that NYC is where the jobs are and that if I could just get the first one, the next would come easily but that is not exactly helpful when I can’t seem to get the first job and more frustrating when I am more than willing to work my way back up again to where I was. I am an excellent attorney and I know once I am working, I can prove myself to those around me and pay and seniority will follow.
I am asking anyone for any advice or leads or contacts because I’ve exhausted my extensive resources and for the first time in my life Im really scared I won’t be able to ever do what I love again-and though I asked a number of people first before I left my old job if it was the right thing to do, it seems this decision in retrospect may have literally paused my life right where it was.