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alli_esq

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I know from experience how awesome PS dust is...and I''m not above asking for it.

As I''ve posted recently, I have been beyond miserable with my boss--but because of the job market, I figured I would be stuck here until I got fired.

WELL, a good friend of mine tipped me off that her firm is hiring (it''s still a very small firm, but is still bigger than my 3-person firm!), and although they are looking for someone who is more experienced than I am, the partners agreed to meet with me! I am hoping to get an appointment this week.

I''m hoping against hope that I get this job. You have no idea how much anxiety my current job has caused in my life. My friend works crazy hours there and is SO busy, but she really likes the people there, and I really trust her opinion.

So please, please, please--I need a LOT of dust.

I so appreciate it
 

Loves Vintage

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Lots of job dust to you, Alli! And, a bit of advice too -- before your interview, do your best to clear your head of the negativity at your current job. You seem like you're a very positive person, so you probably won't have a hard time with this!! When I was working at a firm and feeling very beaten down, I really had a hard time with clearing my head and putting my best foot forward at interviews. Of course, for me, this was also because I was litigating, interviewing at firms where I'd still be litigating and doing my best to hide the fact that I didn't want to litigate!!!

Does this new firm have a family law practice?

Based on your last post, I think it's in your best interest to find a different firm. So, lots of luck and dust to you!
 

alli_esq

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Thank you so much for the advice, Loves!!! I will most DEFINITELY try to do that.

The new firm does exclusively family law, which is great--because that''s all I want to do
My current boss takes on mostly family law, but some other clients too, and I am always stuck with trying to learn new areas of law (which isn''t necessarily a bad thing at all--but when I don''t know what I''m doing, my boss tends to have a very short fuse with me).

Thanks so much again--I really appreciate all your insight
 

Lauren8211

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***DUST***DUST***DUST***

Good Luck, Alli! I hope everything works out well for you!
 

Loves Vintage

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Date: 4/13/2009 2:30:09 PM
Author: alli_esq
Thank you so much for the advice, Loves!!! I will most DEFINITELY try to do that.

The new firm does exclusively family law, which is great--because that's all I want to do
My current boss takes on mostly family law, but some other clients too, and I am always stuck with trying to learn new areas of law (which isn't necessarily a bad thing at all--but when I don't know what I'm doing, my boss tends to have a very short fuse with me).

Thanks so much again--I really appreciate all your insight
Oh, good! That'll make it easier for you! And, when they ask you why you want to leave your current firm or what about your current firm do you not like -- you can be honest, but also positive by telling them that you want to focus your practice on family law, that your current firm does mostly family law, but since you've been there, you've been doing a lot of work in different areas, which although you've been up for it (because you're a hard worker, willing to do what's asked of you, etc.), it's not the ideal for you, but this new firm would be because x, y, z.

Another thing you could mention is that you've already learned about the dynamics of their firm through your friend/colleague, and you know you'll be putting in a lot of hours (which again you're up for) and because you'll be spending so much time at work, it's important for you to spend it working with good people (which is not to say you don't have that with your current employer.) That is just a simple truth of work life, and I'd work something like that in at some point.

Also, fake confidence if you have to. Sometimes, when you're feeling beaten down, like I imagine you must be, it can be very hard to have confidence at an interview, especially when you know they are interviewing more experienced people. You should convey that even if you don't have as much experience as their other candidates, you learn quickly (as evidenced by x, y, z), and you're not afraid to work hard.

Good Luck with the interview!!!
 

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Best of luck! I hope that it goes well for you!
 

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Sending lots of strong good dust your way!!!!!!!!! ******dust*************dust*************dust*************dust*************dust*******
 

alli_esq

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Thank you all for your dust and advice--I will definitely take it to heart


I scheduled my interview for Thursday. I just need to cross my fingers that they will be so enamored that they will hire me despite my lack of experience! (Hey, at least they won''t have to pay me as much...right?
)
 

Sparkalicious

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Ooooh, Thursday!! How exciting! Best of luck, alli_esq!

dustideedustdusting you!
 

alli_esq

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thank you thank you!


oh, and while I''m on--since I get such great advice here...I was wondering what I should do about clothes for my interview...

see, I certainly have to wear a suit to the interview, buuut, I mostly always wear jeans to work. aaand, although my boss likes to ignore me a lot, if he does spot me on Thursday with something resembling a suit, he might think it''s weird. I thought I could just wear the shirt and top and keep the suit jacket hidden until I leave, but even that is dressier than I normally go...

what would you do?
 

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Date: 4/14/2009 2:47:18 PM
Author: alli_esq
thank you thank you!



oh, and while I''m on--since I get such great advice here...I was wondering what I should do about clothes for my interview...


see, I certainly have to wear a suit to the interview, buuut, I mostly always wear jeans to work. aaand, although my boss likes to ignore me a lot, if he does spot me on Thursday with something resembling a suit, he might think it''s weird. I thought I could just wear the shirt and top and keep the suit jacket hidden until I leave, but even that is dressier than I normally go...


what would you do?
I was going to suggested the same! Just wear a nice top and dress pants and hide the jacket.

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!
 

kittybean

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Truckloads of DUST to you, Alli! I know how much you need a change. I''ll send up a few prayers for you.
 

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Wear the suit. If your boss notices, just tell him you''re going to the bank/a wake/the opera or something. But that''s just my 2 cents.
 

CNOS128

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Ha ha -- I have a friend who used to work for a business casual company, and whenever anyone wore a suit and had to leave in the middle of the day, they would joke that the person had an appointment with "Dr. NewJob!"
 

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Date: 4/14/2009 2:47:18 PM
Author: alli_esq
thank you thank you!



oh, and while I''m on--since I get such great advice here...I was wondering what I should do about clothes for my interview...


see, I certainly have to wear a suit to the interview, buuut, I mostly always wear jeans to work. aaand, although my boss likes to ignore me a lot, if he does spot me on Thursday with something resembling a suit, he might think it''s weird. I thought I could just wear the shirt and top and keep the suit jacket hidden until I leave, but even that is dressier than I normally go...


what would you do?
I would wear the pants and a t-shirt of some kind (or equally casual top) and then add a button down and the blazer later. Just make sure you can''t see the t-shirt under the button down.

And GOOD LUCK!!
 

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I would absolutely wear a suit to a law firm interview. Can you change in the car/on the way? Or just wear pants/shirt and add the jacket later?

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!
 

alli_esq

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oh yes, there was no question as to whether or not to wear a suit for the interview--I''ll definitely be doing that. Just how to dress for the rest of the day was the issue.

I know this sounds ridiculous, but I don''t have any suits that aren''t skirts...but whatever, I''ll just wear my suit skirt and a top and put the jacket on when I leave (read: sneak out)


ohhhh I want this job SOOO BAAAD!
 

alli_esq

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ohhhhmygoshohmygosh I''m getting really nervous for this afternoon.

I WANT THIS JOB SO MUCH!
 

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DUST, DUST, DUST! Boy, you''re going to have to do a lot of clean-up once you get this job!
 

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Date: 4/16/2009 11:59:02 AM
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DUST, DUST, DUST! Boy, you''re going to have to do a lot of clean-up once you get this job!
hahaha, I''ll be happy to get a part-time janitorial position after I get this other job!
 

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Good luck Alli. I'm pulling for you!!!!


*******dust*******
 

alli_esq

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Thanks for all the dust, everyone. I don''t really know if I''ll hear back from them, or if I do, what they''ll say... it wasn''t much of an interview--it was sort of an informal meeting. He made it clear they''re looking for someone with much more experience, but that ultimately, they don''t want to take on a financial obligation they can''t maintain (obviously a more experienced associate would cost much more $$ than I would).

Oh well. Thanks again for the well wishes
 

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Date: 4/16/2009 7:55:30 PM
Author: alli_esq
Thanks for all the dust, everyone. I don''t really know if I''ll hear back from them, or if I do, what they''ll say... it wasn''t much of an interview--it was sort of an informal meeting. He made it clear they''re looking for someone with much more experience, but that ultimately, they don''t want to take on a financial obligation they can''t maintain (obviously a more experienced associate would cost much more $$ than I would).


Oh well. Thanks again for the well wishes
I''ll just say this...you never know what''s going to happen.
Job hunting is such an emotional drain. It sounds to me like you did the best you could. Treat yourself to a bath, a movie and a chocolate sundae.
 

alli_esq

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Thank you, Sarah...

And, Snickle--you''re not kidding. I came home and had a good cry--no real reason besides frustration. I am a bit of an anxious wreck right about now. Yay me. But you''re cute--I think I''ll watch the Mets and eat a couple of turkey burgers
 
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