Thursday, March 08, 2007

Patent Attorney Job Search

I didn't realize that so many days have passed since my post about the bathtub. It's surprising to me that when I catch a cold or get sick, I stay sick for so many days. I'm just getting over my cold from last week now. Here are some updates on things that are going on in my life:

WIFE WANTING TO LEAVE THE STATE:

The "wife wanting to leave the state" issue has since been resolved. It was simply a matter of putting my foot down in a loving way, and then having my wife go through a grieving process. It was tough though, but the point I wanted to drive home to her was that wherever she is, that is where she should be living -- not in some other place. This in essence (after all the defensive reasons of why we should specifically be in this state) was what I wanted her to acknowledge.

PATENT ATTORNEY JOB SEARCH:

I am starting to feel as if I desperately need a job and that I am not doing what I should be doing to get one. Until a dinner meeting yesterday with a law school friend that I trust, I was under the impression that all I had to do was pass the patent registration exam to practice before the USPTO and then all my job searching troubles would be solved.

I was informed last night over dinner that my narrow-minded ideals were off-base. If I am to get a job as a patent attorney, I have to do whatever I can to get a job because the field is so competitive in our state.

My options are to 1) apply for and get a job in another state (my wife would love this option); 2) move to Washington DC and work for the US government to defend them against patent infringement suits (to get massive amounts of experience, and to "write my own ticket" into a great job in a few years); or, 3) just start MASSIVELY NETWORKING with other lawyers and other law associations.

In short, I realize that I need to significantly change my approach and get way more aggressive in my patent law job search. I will start today.

5 comments:

Step Back said...

Shalom Zoe,
I bookmarked your blog just now as I came upon it because I think you are going to have an interesting journey. What is your technical background? Chem, EE, Mechanical?

I have bad news for you. We are migratory workers. We go to where the engineers are, not the other way around. Start educating yourself and the eesha on this reality.

May you have good mazol with your search.

Ahuva said...

DC/Baltimore has some nice frum communities. You might want to consider visiting and see what you think.

No matter what, massively networking is a very good idea.

Jewish Blogmeister said...

I hope everything turns out well.

Anonymous said...

"The "wife wanting to leave the state" issue has since been resolved. It was simply a matter of putting my foot down in a loving way, and then having my wife go through a grieving process. It was tough though, but the point I wanted to drive home to her was that wherever she is, that is where she should be living -- not in some other place. This in essence (after all the defensive reasons of why we should specifically be in this state) was what I wanted her to acknowledge."

You're fooling yourself. If mama's not happy, no one's happy. Even if your wife drops the subject, this will come back to bite you in the ass. It didn't go away and you need to be more sensitive to your wife's unhappiness or you will live to regret it.

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