In my previous post I discussed a few general thoughts to consider before searching for a new job. In this post I am asking you to pause before you explore new positions and determine if there is any manner to “fix” the issues you have at your current position.
The first step is to write down the main reasons you are unhappy at your current job. This may include the following:
The work you are performing is not what was advertised
Lack of professional growth
Lack of business development support as promised
Group of attorneys left
Main client left
Poor firm culture
Poor relationship with supervising attorney
Lack of raise and/or bonus
Depending on the firm and issues some may have remedies and some may not. If you do attempt to address issues please be confident you will not be terminated. If you are concerned this may happen then it appears you are not in the right place anyway and it is best to not address and move on soon.
If you are comfortable addressing your concerns then set up a time and place at the firm (not a bar or over drinks) and address it in a professional manner. Select a few essential items to discuss. Approach it as you would like some help to grow as an attorney rather than a demand.
If a solution is not forthcoming then I suggest you keep your head down and work hard while privately seeking a position with another employer. I do not recommend that you quit your job until you secure a new position (that includes passing conflicts, background and reference checks).