Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More than money

Here I am, again, interviewing. I like to interview.  I am good at it.  I am confident and comfortable in who I am as a person and this comes across instantly.  I make direct eye contact, smile when appropriate and have a good time getting to know the person that is interviewing me.  AND I have an ability to read a person instantly. 

The interview today went great and I have a second interview early next week.  This job is a good opportunity.  This is a small firm with one stellar reputation in town.  In fact, when I went through my divorce, I wanted to hire this attorney but could not afford the retainer fee not to mention the hourly billing rate.  While the pay on this job is on the lower side, what I will say is that what I would learn from the two partners of this firm is absolutely priceless.... which brings me to the point of this post.

Think about where you are going to work and who you will work with.  While we all want to make a ton of money, factor in who you are learning from.  Factor in what the partner's attitude is towards mentoring and training a new hire.  What is their plan?  How long have the partners been in practice?  How are they regarded by other attorney's, by the local bar, and by the community?

I came away knowing that the pay is kind of low, but the education I will learn from this firm is priceless.

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