Friday, October 28, 2011

Changing jobs in this economy and hiring politics

If you have a job in this economy, you're considered to be very fortunate. Many people are staying at jobs they hate out of job market fear.

Sending out resumes can be very dangerous.  When I hear people talking about it, I am reminded of one interview experience that could have been disastrous.

One time, I scheduled an interview, only to later find out that firm was scheming to keep me away from another firm I was discussing employment with.  I guess the two firms were in a heated battle in a hairy litigation case and they were using me as a negotiation chip.  Needless to say, I canceled the interview.
Then, I had the pleasure of worrying about whether that firm would contact my then current firm out of spite because I turned them down. The legal community is so small and interconnected.

I really don't understand what is wrong with the people in this world. You don't find those politics in the corporate world (though you do have the bureaucratic crap), and I am not sure if you find those politics in other occupations. However, I do know that it is the most ridiculous waste of time and energy having to deal with these lawyers and their hiring politics.

If it is truly an employers' job market, why is it that they resort to such desparate tactics? Likely because the job market isn't as bad as everyone thinks it is. I know this is probably slightly different depending on the area you are at in the country, but likely, there are still schemers in your neck of the woods (care of the lovely Al Roker).

Here is my advice to any paralegal out there in the job search chapter of their life:  don't trust anyone you interview with. No one.


  1. Different occupation, but we have those politics. Also, 1 out of 10 resumes I receive are from people unemployed. The rest are currently employed and looking for a new opportunity. - tdh

  2. Law is different mostly because of conflict-of-interest issues. In most states (if not all), conflict of interest extends to paralegals and secretaries, not just lawyers. A while back, I left one firm to go work for another that was on the opposite side of several cases I had worked on, and it was a pain.

  3. Oh, honey, let me tell you something-those kind of politics function all over the place. Do NOT kind yourself. The world of medicine is full of it. I spent 25 years there and could fill your ears full of tales. People are people-they connive and twist and lie like crazy all the time. Lawyers just charge more.

  4. Don't know why you think the corporate world is immune from political machinations. Spent over 20 years there and it is chock full of people trying to knife their way to the top. When they say it isn't personal, just business, don't buy it for a nanosecond.