My first lead was for a position that seemed like a perfect match on paper. A non-legal position, in one of my areas of interest. I'm not going to lie and say that I was extraordinarily enthusiastic about the organization itself, but a paycheck is a paycheck. Alas, despite a great conversation with the employer, and being told by him that I am "perfect for the job" (a direct quote from both the agency and the employer) they were not interested. Believe it or not, I was not too surprised. I am somewhat familiar with this organization and I have an idea of the type of person they would like to hire for that kind of position. (For starters, not a woman.) Don't get me wrong: this is not a card I like to play. I know the reality of the job market right now, but I have always had a suspicion about some of the higher-ups here.
My second lead: Another employer received a resume I sent out, asked to schedule a phone interview, and then called for what seemed like the sole purpose of telling me that they really were looking for someone with a skill set I do not have. Um, thanks? Must have been some kind of quota they were looking to fill, for interview calls. At least I appreciate that the conversation was short. About two minutes, start to finish. Might as well cut to the case and not go through a whole interview charade if it is hopeless.
My third lead: A phone interview for a position with an organization that seemed cool. The person I spoke to on the phone was nice and friendly, told me my qualifications were excellent, and spoke to me for about half an hour. I hung up with a pretty good feeling. Then, radio silence for two weeks. I saw the writing on the wall, but figured I would follow up with a quick and professional email. His response was basically, "Your editorial work is great, but we are looking for someone with specific experience in a certain area." It was frustrating to hear that, but so it goes.
I know I'm not alone here. It can be really disheartening to have what you feel are good interviews, and have them go nowhere. It is also frustrating when people call to ask you to interview and then point out that you do not have the experience they are looking for when your resume and cover letter could not make that any plainer. I guess I don't blame the employers per se; they have a position to fill, and right now they basically have their pick with the job market the way it is. If anything, I blame myself for being in this position when I had a perfectly good job before starting law school. Now I have to explain away that time, and explain away the poor judgment that led me here.
I have two interviews lined up for next week - real life, in-person interviews. Both of them are on Wednesday. I am keeping my fingers crossed, as both positions seem good. I have read both listings at least four times since scheduling the interviews and there are no qualifications listed that I clearly do not meet. Let's hope that, based on the calls, the toxic J.D. on my resume has not completely scared them off.