Finding a Job in Law


Applying for jobs in the law and legal industries can be difficult because you must consider there are many different certificates and degrees that you must possess before employment. It is a challenging industry to become a part of, but that is the same for many various industries in the world, today. We have all applied for numerous jobs that we think we are qualified for and never get a return call. There can be a lot of different reasons why you never get a call back for an interview, but from a recruiter’s standpoint, there are maybe some things that you are doing in your job search, that will automatically get you nixed from the list of potential candidates.

What Not to Do

Either a positive or negative, most legal recruiters will tell you that if you submit a follow-up e-mail after you send your resume to inquire about the resume you just left that it usually doesn’t go over very well. It is an annoyance and even a little pushy to some recruiters and law firms.

We know that it is a tedious and frustrating process, so the main point to remember before you land an interview or a call back is always to check your attitude and frustrations at the door. If you call a firm looking for answers about your resume and you already have a hot head about waiting too long for a response, you’re probably not going to be very friendly and cordial when speaking to the receptionist or any other employee. In turn, it is going to result in your being eliminated from the record books and forgotten about altogether. A law firm is a professional and studious type of industry and if you can’t hold your emotions together and be a respectful adult, they will notice and choose not to employ you in their business.

Being anxious about sending your resume to your dream job location is normal. However, if you choose to send your resume to every department head, supervisor, manager, etc. in the same firm, they will notice. The only people that need to see your resume is the members of a recruitment team or a legal recruiter for that particular place. You aren’t doing anything but wasting your own time and energy if you send your information to multiple people within the same company.


Playing smart when it comes to how you apply for a job, is very important. There is a strategy to it, and you could completely sabotage your chances of getting a job if you do certain things. These things may seem appropriate and helpful to you, but in the bigger picture, they are adverse actions. Unfortunately, as the potential employee, you don’t know how a firm is going to react to your application. All the best legal recruiters operate differently, so your best bet is to play things smart and be patient and open to any and all options that come your way.

Stocking Up On Starbucks Coffee

Been purchasing lots of Starbucks for my Tassimo single serve coffee brewer in my office. Why, you may ask? Kraft, the distributor of the Tassimo has lost Starbucks as one of the brands they carry.

StarbucksA couple of years ago when I was looking for a single serve coffee maker, I looked at the Tassimo and the Keurig. The Keurig is the most popular brand but the Tassimo had several things going for it that I liked.

First it uses a pressured system to brew drinks. In my opinion this allows more flavor from the coffee grounds to enter the cup. Second it uses a bar code system to read what type of drink you are brewing and adjusts its brewing cycle to this specific drink. Lastly they had Starbucks. The Keurig lacked all three of these items.

Now you would think that with Starbucks being involved I would be able to go to my local Starbucks and purchase discs for the Tassimo. No such luck. In fact finding discs tended to be a major pain. The only reliable way to get them was direct order from Tassimo. No problem, i order them from Tassimo or got what i could find at my local Bed, Bath, and Beyond, only store that carried them in my area.

Now Starbucks finally got tired of Kraft’s lack of marketing and bolted. Keurig will carry Starbucks now and Starbucks will stock the K-cups the Keurig’s use as well as Keurig machines, something Kraft wouldn’t let them do with the Tassimo. Kraft with the Tassimo has their heads up their asses and will only carry coffe for the Tassimo that Kraft has sole marketing rights. Talk about shooting yourself in the foot.

So stocking up on Starbucks and as soon as they are done I’ll probably purchase a Keurig unless Tassimo starts to carry a good coffee. Sorry Kraft/Tassimo, Maxwell House doesn’t do it for me.

Business Professional Fitness: Be A Good Bad Guy with Tony Blauer

Being a big corporate bigwig or business owner can be a daunting job sometimes. Finding a hobby might be in the best interest of your health. Self defense training can solve that problem. One issue I often see in self-defense training is the lack of realism, especially on the part of the attacker. More then once I’ve seen a demonstration where the attacker (aka the bad guy) tosses a punch and then holds the punch out there while the defender does his thing. Think about this: Does this really help the defender?

Self Defense height=”2368″ />If your answer is “no” then Tony Blauer has a video that can help you out. Actually Tony has a lot of good videos but the one on this subject is “Be a Good Bad Guy, Secrets to Great Role-Playing“. Now this isn’t your D&D type of role-playing, but rather tips on how an attacker should behave in order to help people learn self-defense tactics.

This is a short DVD at only 35 minutes, but Tony gives enough information to get you started. He points out the importance of how good role-playing helps the defender learn to spot pre-contact cues, learn to spot openings, and know how an attacker will respond to your tactics, just to name a few things. Tony and his instructor show both good and bad role-playing to give you an idea of not only what you should do, but what you shouldn’t do. The DVD moves along at a pretty good pace and as such it is one you should watch a couple of times to absorb.

Is the DVD for everyone? I would suggest it if you teach self-defense courses, and to those that are just interested in the subject on role-playing a bad guy. If you often help out in teaching self-defense and serve as an attacker then it is something you might want to check out too.

Dear Microsoft

Dear Microsoft,


Dear Microsoft

In the past I have placed your Microsoft Points on my son’s account for him to make purchases, mainly music. With the retirement of the Microsoft Points the points on his account were converted to “local currency”. At first I thought no big deal, points/local currency, all the same in the long run as local currency was used to purchase the points. How naive I was to think that.

When my son last tried to purchase music through your store his purchase was declined. Why? No balance. No balance? His points were converted to local currency which can be used to purchase apps and games, but not music. Why not music? Is Microsoft a hatter of music thinking it leads to the degradation of society? No, something else according to the support agent I spent time chatting with today. The reason is the various Microsoft services are not synchronized between each other. What a wonderful idea! Move people off one system was working between the between apps, games, and music to another one that doesn’t work.

But no worry, Microsoft has a solution. Again according to the support agent the solution is to purchase an Xbox One when it comes out, this will allow the purchase of music once again. What a deal, upgrade for several hundred dollars so I can use $50 in credits for music purchases.

Did anyone at Microsoft take a moment to say “How will these changes impact our existing customers?” Or was it decided to ignore existing customers, if they want what they already paid for they can fork over even more money.