Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pathetic Job Listing & Zero Acknowledgement When You Do Something Great

This is just so disgusting, it warrants mention here:

Part Time L&T Attorney
Date: 2010-08-04, 9:39AM EDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

Small law firm with practice specializing in real estate (focus is on landlord-tenant cases, but we also handle other related matters) seeks a Part-Time Attorney with 1 - 3 years experience to represent our clients in Bronx Housing Court every morning, 9am-1pm. Immediate start.

Responsibilities include:

Representing clients in court, reviewing and negotiating stipulations of settlement, arguing motions. Heavy client contact.

Housing Court experience a plus, but not required. Bilingual (English/Spanish) a plus.

Candidates should have:
Strong writing skills a must; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; the ability to clearly articulate ideas; the ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressured, environment; accurate and detail-oriented.

Must be admitted to practice in New York State.

* Compensation: $20,000 per year
* This is a part-time job.
* Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
* Please, no phone calls about this job!
* Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 1880000113

I made $5,000 MORE a year without going to a single law school class & working as an eviction referral paralegal in a firm in Atlanta. I had to snark about this one since obviously someone is a complete idiot. Do they expect some Harvard Law grad to ride in on a shiny unicorn & give great hand jobs on top of all these other requirements??? I'll bet you don't get to wear jeans at the job. And if you did this after having 3 years experience?? What the hell are you thinking?

You'd be making better money & doing less harm to your career working for a non-profit or for legal aid. I know of such places that pay more than this.

This just begs the question: why would anyone want this job when obviously this firm has such little regard for its attorneys?? How much abuse do you want to bet this person would be subjected to? As my mom would say, this isn't enough pay for an attorney to get out of bed in the morning. You'd probably make better money as a server or in something where you get tips.

Aside from this, I've been telling more people about my singing debut on Friday. I've gotten my first professional singing gig in New York City (this is b/c I was invited to perform, people are paying to see this show & the producer is top notch). It's a shame that the people I know would show up for this live out of state.

I made a huge point to invite people who were local & didn't have out of town obligations I know about already. But...

Every single freaking time I invite people to anything, no one ever shows up. It's getting to where I don't feel like telling anyone about anything since no one seems to give a damn if I get a professional singing gig, make a million dollars or become a hooker.

No, scratch that. People WOULD care if I won a million bucks since they'd try asking for money & presents.

Well, guess what??? Making effort to show up to my stuff will determine who gets those presents & perks of knowing me when things take off. Do you really think I'm going to invite you to a celebrity filled event when you don't give a damn about what I do? People not even responding to my stuff or telling me they can't go to things (for that matter, even apologizing for not being able to attend) makes me feel like they don't give a shit.

It's why I really don't have friends; I don't consider people who don't return my calls or even say "congratulations" when I do something major to be friends or anyone who deserves my guidance, help, or anything else from me. I'd like to see some of YOU getting professional singing gigs w/my background.

At least I'm not the only one frustrated with humanity over this issue. I've heard others present the same gripe. The only thing with me is it pretty much doesn't affect me when someone doesn't show up or acknowledge me; I'm more or less used to it. I don't take it personally but I do keep it in mind when I have future events; I'll simply not tell you about them.

It's only fair, right? After all, you don't care so why should I waste my time? Unless I'm just telling you to make a point, but that's a different issue.

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