One of two in-house counsel on chronically under-resourced and underappreciated legal team for a global high-tech company.
April 6,2022 at 3:48AM UTC (Edited)
We have about 1400 employees. It is a nightmare and I have resolved to leave. However, I've been looking for a new position for two years. Have had some interviews but a lot less interest than I expected with 20 years of IP experience (firm and in-house), a professionally drafted resume (x2), broad technical background, plus I really love the work. I have reached out to my network, used cover letters, used metrics and action words, and tailored resumes to job descriptions. I have not tried to hide my age (51), although, I keep my background to relevant details. My educational background may be part of the problem, just state school and third tier law school. Any thoughts on how to get more traction with employers? I am sort of losing my cheery perspective.
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Word to the Wise- if you are freelancing or a contractor, get a RETAINER= money UPFRONT.
I was just BURNED out of a full month of full-time work, by an unscrupulous CEO who paid his own travel costs ahead of contractors, and the company is now out of cash and going into receivership- bankruptcy. A full MONTHS' pay for me, that I WORKED, will NOT be paid.
As a contractor, there is no EDD, no Labor Board and no attorney to help. I am a 'general creditor' along with every other vendor in their accounts payable, and will be lucky to get 10 cents on the dollar in 6 months.
Get a RETAINER, people! It's a month's pay for your contractor work, BEFORE you begin, and is held by you until the final month of work is done. You still send bills to the company and client each month, or every 2 weeks, but that retainer money is in YOUR bank account in case the client company pulls a fast one on you.
Don't let what happened to me, happen to you!
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I relocated for the role and achieved my goals.
Due to new management I’m out of a job and struggling to find a new position while still paying for the relocation. Losing confidence in my ability as I achieved my objectives and out of a job due to new management.
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Can my employer make me pay for fees related to the licenses required to do the job?
Let me explain: I used to have a job in insurance, which required licensing in multiple states, which the company helped obtain. When I left the job, I let everything lapse, and now one of the states wants me to pay a fine of $500 if I want to reinstate it, in addition to retaking the test anyway. The new company not only isn't paying me for the time spent studying for the test (whereas the previous one did), but they also want me to cover the $500 fine all on my own. Is that okay for them to do? The insurance license is person-specific, not company-specific, but clearly is necessary to work for them, so I can see it both ways. Curious to hear everyone's perspective.
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I am being targeted for taking FMLA time.
I am being lied about and given a written warning at work that is untrue. My daughter was diagnosed with a serous medical illness and then I was diagnosed with breast cancer the next year. Therefore, I had to take two FMLA leaves in the past two years. I am still working but fear I will be unfairly terminated. I just started to see a lawyer. Has anyone ever been terminated for FMLA retaliation ? Any advice? Thank you!
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How many of you network in your down time?
I'm on LinkedIn everyday, including Saturday and Sunday.
Friday afternoon as I was being driven out of town for the weekend, I was on LinkedIn looking for jobs and sent a connection request to a lady that's hiring for a position that I'm interested in and qualified for.
She accepted it within minutes.
Thinking outside the box for the win.
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currently I'm working as a Associate software engineer in Capgemini, I do have experience in WiFi Automation. Using Robot framework. Looking for a change.