Q: Job woes hit me way before last year. I passed the bar in 2003, the same year I graduated. I had good jobs for the first three years, but all were cut within a few months because of funding issues. I tried doing volunteer work, and was promised a job, but that fell through. I’ve been doing doc review since 2008.

I’m getting concerned about getting a job now. I see two kinds of postings: (1) firms wanting associates with 1-3 years of experience, and (2) firms wanting someone in a highly specialized field with 5 or more years of experience. Firms looking for recent graduates won’t look at my resume, even though I only have 1-3 years of experience anyway, if you consider my long employment gaps. Since I’ve been all over the place with my jobs, I don’t have any specialization. So, how should I handle job postings? Or should I not bother, and just get a new career?

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