Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Lawyers are Scary (Not Really):
Why We Don't Like to Hire Them

"Environmental Law Practice Guide"
Books like these take all the fun out of feeling good
about simply recycling. Creative-commons licensed photo
by flickr.com user umjanedoan.
I used to work for lawyers. During my last job search in the legal profession, I had a third interview for a job I semi-wanted. An attorney that I knew wanted to hire the other candidate asked me, "We sometimes get stressed and yell. How do you handle that?" I replied honestly, "I usually yell back." I didn't get the job, but it wasn't a surprise. Like I said, the recruiter already told me this particular attorney disliked me. Five years before, that knowledge would have been devastating. At the time, I was at a career crossroads, and interviewing for this job was one piece in finding my path.

The only reason I had enough nerve to honestly say that I would yell back was that I worked on a case a few years before with an attorney in NYC who said, "I need to let you know that as things get going, I sometimes yell." He went on to say something about it being a bad habit brought on by stress. I shrugged it off and said, "Then I guess you need to know that I sometimes yell back." The attorney chortled and we got along great. I remember nothing about the case except that conversation.

I gained a lot of confidence working for lawyers, so I understand their work.

The truth is that people do not like to hire lawyers or doctors. The main reason is that the billing is ambiguous and expensive. Soon I’ll tackle a work-around for the ambiguous billing issue, but this post is going to focus on the other reasons people do not like to hire lawyers.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Quick Tip! Get Free Paper from Staples (pay the tax!)

Staples is my favorite office supply store, especially since it started carrying products from Poppin, Poppin has my new favorite pens.
Unfortunately, I use a lot of paper. I also work with students and start-ups who need to budget their money carefully, so I am sharing my tip for getting free paper from Staples.

Right now, Staples has two coupons for paper (expiring March 22, 2014). One is for a free ream of HammerMill Copy Plus paper. The other is for a free five-ream case of Staples Copy Paper.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Career Building: 3 Career Things To Do This Week

ONE
Prep For a Career Fair 
If you are planning to attend a career fair, read this checklist posted on Military.com, "Five Things to Take to the Career Fair."

TWO 
Considering Graduate School? 
If you are considering graduate school, think about the factors explained in this article by the Devex International to determine whether the time is right for graduate school. You want to determine if the return on your investment will really be worth the extra student loans and time off work.

THREE
Online Career Workshops
Try a career or graduate planning workshop through MIT’s Global Education & Career Development Center. Workshops range from business etiquette, resume writing, negotiating salary offers; considering graduate school; and a lot more!

Also...visit my Career Advice Corner on Pinterest.

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