Archive for the ‘Employment’ Category

Shoulda Gone to Med School…

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009
Why didn't I listen to Grandma?

Why didn't I listen to Grandma?

In the New York Times’s most emailed story today we learn that bright young law school grads are, well, shit out of luck. According to the article by Gerry Shih, Downturn Dims Prospects Even at Top Law Schools, even for the best and brightest among them, jobs at the big firms have dried up, jobs at the middling firms are all but non-existent, and jobs at Night Court disappeared in May, 1992 when the series was canceled.

What should these dewy-eyed and now debt-ridden JDs do? Well, we here at So Sue Me, Jackass! might not have the perfect solution, but we have at least one idea: you may come be our interns! And we promise we’ll harass you only as much as necessary…

So when you said, “You suck!”, what did you mean exactly?

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Monkeys as Judges of Art, 1889, Gabriel von Max.

Monkeys as Judges of Art, 1889, Gabriel von Max.

Criticism can come in many forms. Art criticism, for example, can help you evaluate if paint splatters have meaning beyond the artist’s failure to take his Wellbutrin one day.  Film criticism, like Pauline Kael’s, can help you decide if you want to throw away $12 to see the new Transformers film, or just buy a pirated copy on the subway for “one dollah, one dollah, one dollah.” On the job criticism, however, is something else entirely.

In today’s final installment of “Women’s Work,” the insanely successful week-long series on Good Day Philadelphia, Amy discusses the sticky wicket that is gender and job evaluations. Her first piece of advice: NO CRYING, YOU SISSIES. But I’ll let her take it from here…

Wanna Make More Money?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

Then you’ve got to watch Amy’s segment today on Good Day Philadelphia. Amy speaks to an expert at MIT about the best ways to negotiate a salary and how to ask for a raise when you’re in a job. (If you no longer have a job, well, this won’t really help you at all unless, say, you hope to work again at some point in the future…)

So don’t be the most poorly paid patsy at your place of employ. Take a look at Amy’s advice and then use some of the extra cash you’ll collect to pre-order a copy of her new book, which hits shelves September 29th!

Networking 101

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

Though one of my favorite and frequently used movie lines of all times comes from the Paddy Chayefsky penned film, Network, “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”, on today’s installment of Women’s Work, Amy discusses an entirely different type of networking. In fact this is the kind of networking that might actually help get you a job instead of getting you walked off the premises with a police escort

So if you’re looking for some advice on how to network better, check out Amy’s latest greatest segment on Good Day Philadelphia (and try not to be distracted by the unfortunate position of her mouth in this freeze frame):

Get Back To Work! (But Read This First…)

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

In today’s segment of her Women’s Work series on Good Day Philadelphia, Amy tells women the secret of how to jump back into the workforce after taking time off.

You’re curious what this secret is, aren’t you? You want to know why some of your girlfriends are able to swan around in the deep end of the office pool while you’re stuck in the backyard baby blow-up eyesore wearing unflattering floaters around your arms.

Well what are you waiting for? Don’t be shy. Click the link, princess, and get to it!

…And here’s the synopsis on the Good Day site…
WOMEN’S WORK: BACK TO WORK IN YOUR 40S

How To Get Back To Work

PHILADELPHIA – Many women are finding themselves jumping back into the work force after years of raising their children. But where do you start if you are ready to go back?

Attorney Amy Feldman is looking at the issues of women in the workplace all week in her “Women’s Work” series.

Tuesday, Feldman profiles Ann Scardino. Scardino is a former journalist who left the work place to raise her children. When she decided to get back to work her past career wasn’t what she wanted to do. Scardino opted instead to start a business developing and designing beach houses.

Feldman said it’s all about networking. Scardino joined some professional organizations and took classes in her new field where she met many new contacts. She also started volunteering for projects when she first started out. That eventually led to paying clients.

Tomorrow Feldman takes a look at the resume and answers the question of whether it’s better to mail or deliver your resume in person.

Amy on TV!

Monday, July 20th, 2009

EXCITING NEWS!

Amy will be on “Good Day Philadelphia” all this week debuting a series called “Women’s Work.” (Fun side note: Amy originally called the series, “Power Tools for Women,” but that was deemed too racy. Apparently Philadelphians assume the only power tools women wield are vibrators. Anyhoo…)

Below is the write up on the Fox website, and ladies, for a powerful start to your day, do check out the video — no batteries required!

AMY FELDMAN: WOMEN’S WORK SERIES

All this week “Good Day Philadelphia” and Attorney Amy Feldman will examine what happens when the woman becomes the primary breadwinner in the family. It can definitely change the family dynamics.

Feldman spoke with an expert who said open communication is the key to making it all work. Monday, in a special report, Feldman profiled a woman who’s husband lost his job and is now home with their young daughter.

It is important for couples to communicate and be honest with each other. Feldman said it’s better for everyone if you can look at the positive instead of focusing on the negative.

Tuesday, Feldman will have tips for women trying to get back to work after years out of the workplace.

Opposite Miss California

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

Did no one note that I borrowed Bjork's dress?

Did no one note that I borrowed Bjork's dress?

Well, looks like unemployment figures in California rose again today, as Donald Trump sacked implant-enhanced and opposite marriage fan, Carrie Prejean, aka, Miss California USA. Trump said California Carrie had failed “to honor her commitments as Miss California USA.”

No, she didn’t go brunette.

And Trump said his beef with the ditzy blonde had nothing to do with her stupid stance on gay marriage or the fact that the holier-than-thou Prejean had taken  naughty topless pictures to jump start her career. Trump fired her over a legal issue: bleach breach of contract.

Unfortunately what Carrie failed to realize was that as Miss California USA she was an employee at will, and as my employment lawyer-sister, Amy, would be sure to inform her, that means she can be fired at any time, for any reason (as long as it’s not a discriminatory reason.) And guess what? Failing to fulfill contractual obligations is not a discriminatory reason! What it is, to paraphrase a subtitle, is a “Legal Pitfall” that could have been avoided.

Am I saying that if Prejean had read So Sue Me, Jackass! she might have avoided her latest embarrassment & loss of employment? Actually yes. Yes, I am.

So let this be a lesson to all you aspiring beauty queens out there (and I’m not just talking to my gay fan base): before you choreograph the baton routine, apply Preparation H to your face to tighten those pores, or stuff your bikini with a chicken cutlet, do yourself a favor and read our book. It won’t hurt too much, we promise!