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I was doing my daily initial job search this morning ( I usually check early morning, mid afternoon, and early evening to see if anything new is posted) and I ran across an ad for a firm supposedly dedicated to helping entry level attorneys enter the profession. I darted over to their website because this, I had to see, and what do I find but a big button labeled payment. After looking for employment for over six months I knew this wasn’t going to describe what employees could expect to make but I wanted to see just how much the charge was for this dedicated firm’s help. $199. But wait, they’re lowering it during this month to below $90. All this for six months of career services help that I could get for free from my law school’s career services office.

Now, if I’ve been looking for a job long enough that the idea of paying for help is starting to look good–why is the price so high?

If I were creating a model to make money off the backs of the desperate–I’d give them the first taste free. I’d charge maybe $20 or even less and provide them with my help, my connections, resume and cover letter review, and interview tips. If my strategies worked, they’d be be finding jobs and getting interviews. If that happened they would definitely refer friends and likely would be grateful enough to donate something here and there once they have a permanent job–after all the services are invaluable and no doubt cost something to keep up. Also, I wouldn’t call myself a law firm to get their hopes up that someone somewhere wants multiple entry level attorneys.