Craigslisting for Law Jobs

There are a number of websites, search engines, online and offline networking techniques out there for job searching as a law school graduate.  I’m working them all; I have a linkd-in profile, my Facebook page is connected to my indeed and simply hired accounts.  I peruse the job postings on the school website, the website, and the various contract legal websites.  I’m meeting people for coffee and trying to create a real life network.

And when no post has been left un-resumed, I go to craigslist.

Dear potential employers that post on Craigslist:

You want me to send you my resume, which contains a lot of information about me, including contact information that I don’t hand out to the public.  You want me to have the magic “three to five years” of experience.  You want to know where, and what I was doing.  You’d like the emails and phone numbers for people I respect who hopefully respect me.

So why don’t you at least tell me WHO YOU ARE?

It’s nice that there is “unparalleled advancement opportunity” at your firm.  Exactly what would I be advancing in?*

Thank you for your time and attention,


This is pervasive, btw.  We’re not just talking about one or two postings.  They’ll tell you they’re glamorous, full of opportunity, fast-track, or work-life balanced.  Some of them will even put in a salary range. . .but they will not tell you the name of the firm.  Here’s my favorite phrase “Please forward your resume for immediate, confidential consideration”.

. . .By whatever freak, marketing firm or crazed conspiracy is at the other end of the craiglist-generated email address. But don’t worry, once you send it to this unidentified entity, it will be totally confidential.

Onward, job hunt.


*It’s also really not cool that you are misspelling words in your job postings.  Really.  I have to send you a writing sample, for heaven’s sake.