Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Just Throw It In The Bag!

Brown is the new black. For me, anyway.

I am so tired of carrying the same old leopard print tote. Sure, it was sort of 'chic' at first, but it's been six months now, and I have a feeling I may be described in parts of the FIDI as the "lady with that beat-up leopard tote."

Unfortunately, a tote bag isn't in this month's budget, so in the meantime, I decided to make lemonade out of the lemon of spending 2 bucks a day (at least)on coffee .

I am now recycling my Starbucks bags for use as a work-bag. It neatly holds two newspapers, a yogurt, a bag of trail mix and a book. Okay, I fit a small pack of Oreos in there too.

I don't have to give up my coffee habit and I'm never carrying the same tote for more than a week.

Win/win - wouldn't you say?

And, here's a true story: a few months ago, I saw a picture of Oprah carrying a Starbucks bag. Now, I can't say what was in it, but the point is, she was carrying it!!

I can't wait to read in the Times in a few months how plain brown bags are back!!

Enjoy the rest of your work-week.

Friday, May 4, 2012

After The Love Is Gone. . .Securing A New Job Before It's Too Late

The last several years, the economy has been in a downward trend. Of course, you knew that. And with that downward spiral, has come the demise of many law firms and the subsequent loss of jobs.

No industry has been left unscathed, including legal. What were once considered lifetime firms are no more.

This week, we are hearing grumblings of another BigLaw firm on the verge of collapse. No need to name names, it really doesn't matter.

What does matter though is what you do before you're handed a pink slip.

We all know that these jobs are pretty much "at-will," which means that nothing is guaranteed.

However, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that if you are dealt an unavoidable blow, you will be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Some useful tips.

1. Network.

It's always good to make a few friends. It's a small legal world, and people move around. Join your local chapter of LSI. Get together with a former colleague for lunch or after hours.

2. Hone Your Skills

No one does everything well. We all have our areas of strength and weakness. However, it doesn't hurt to take a class now and then to brush up on software applications that you don't use often.

3. Do Your Research

Subscribe to industry trade magazines and blogs. A good site to peruse weekly is abovethelaw.com.

4. Find A Good Recruiter In Your Area

If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's probably a duck. If you see a mass exodus of attorneys at your firm, chances are, staff layoffs are looming. There are many good recruiting firms nationwide. One good resource is Davidson Staffing, which offers not only placement but training seminars and webinars.

None of us want to "move our cheese," (TM) but sometimes we don't have a choice.