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  1. Title says it all! I've been actively looking for about a month and a half. I've done maybe 10 - 20 cold emails to people I wanted to learn from, and 10 - 15 actual applications to positions posted online I thought I had a shot of getting. This has yielded two interviews. (I had another for a non-practicing position that was clearly not a good fit.) I've also called places to see if they were hiring, and the answer is usually no. I'm starting to feel like this is hopeless. What can I do differently? I'm not at a point where I feel ready to start on my own. I even had a career counselling session, and the recruiter's advice was to network or get a position through connections. But this is easier said than done. She said to start off by volunteering, because I need experience more than anything.
  2. No, her behaviour is not "normal," but understanding and treating your situation as an "abnormal" one isn't going to help you make the best of it. I suggest trying to be more self-sufficient when it comes to asking for help. For example, after you read the software manual, maybe you could have used Google or called the software's customer care instead of asking the wife. Basically, try to exhaust every means of self-help possible before going to her, or anyone else in the firm, for help.
  3. No one responded, so I ended up doing robe rental. This thread can be closed.
  4. Please let me know if you have any that will fit a 5 ft 4 female, the price, and where I would pick up
  5. 😥I am so not looking forward to this tomorrow...
  6. If I do say so myself, I am a lass 💃
  7. Huh? I'm confused. When you mention the 2.5 months, are you referring to my articling / supervision?
  8. The next call is September. My articling term finishes some time in June. After that, if you work anywhere, you just sign a supervision agreement until the call to bar ceremony.
  9. Can I really get into another firm if someone just makes a call for me? Obviously, I still have to interview and they have to have room. But what's the likelihood of this materializing into something? I've only ever relied on my own efforts to get jobs.
  10. Yeah, what you said about reading the signs is really interesting. I noticed around mid-March, they started explaining things to me less thoroughly and started acting less invested. I chalked this up to fatigue and them feeling like they'd done me a big favour by giving me time off to study for the bar when their business was super busy. I think what really led to my blindside was thinking in binary terms that they'd either keep me or hire a new student; there was no sign -- nor did it make sense to -- hire a new student. I never contemplated that there could be a third option: leaving the firm altogether lol. Then, about a month ago, they took me out for lunch to reward me for passing bar. People told me they wouldn't be taking me out if they were going to replace me, so this was a really conflicting and confusing sign. Today I flat out told one of them that I wasn't happy about not being let in earlier on their secret. I was diplomatic and calm; it wasn't a tantrum, by any means. I thought it was in my best interest that they know how I feel and how I'm being affected by their actions. As expected, he told me that had they not moved, they would have kept me, and they needed to be 100% sure the move was happening before they told anyone. He again offered reference letters and offered to make a call for me. I"m still angry and still feel betrayed. I actually left another articling position for this one, and I wouldn't have left had I known how this was going to turn out. Also, had I known, I would've taken both bar exams in March, but instead I chose to space them out to not burden my employers as much. I might have been able to make the June call.
  11. That's an interesting perspective, and I do wonder what would have happened had I been transparent about my anxieties re: employment. On one hand, I think maybe they would've been upfront with me about their prospective deal and encouraged me to look, but I also think that had the deal not happened, they would've wanted me to stay. I mean, it makes zero sense to hire a new student if new student is going to do the same things I'm doing now, when I'm just getting efficient at my work, and I can probably bring in some work of my own. Or maybe if they thought I really wanted to stay with them, they would've pushed harder for me to join them at the new firm.
  12. I had and have been casually browsing job postings online. What held me back from pursing anything was, first, the logistics of taking time off to interview. You would have to make up an excuse for some "appointment" (on top of the legitimate appointments I had), and if the opportunity were outside my community, I'd have to take an entire day off probably. As an articlingi student, you're walking around carefully as it is, so taking a too much time off seemed a terrible idea. What held me back, secondly, was a sense of obligation to my employers, because they, their assistant, the other assistants and other partners had invested a decent amount of time in me. I was just beginning to feel sort of good at my job. As such, leaving right after my articling term lapsed seemed to me like I'd be screwing them over, and I'd be leaving at a time when the prospects of hiring a decent articling student were rapidly diminishing. Plus it would look better on paper the longer I stayed. But in the end, they made the decision for me 😁
  13. But why would they put in the effort of helping me at this point when they know the relationship's almost over? Especially when it's going to disrupt their practice.
  14. Absolutely, I need to move on and make the best of the situation. I need to stay on good terms with them. I'm taking tonight to whine and complain, because I think I deserve some cathartic self-pity. Another grievance I have, albeit a more constructive one, is that I didn't really learn all I wanted to learn. I want to learn how to close a real estate transaction, yet I work with a VERY stubborn and controlling assistant who doesn't like teaching me. How do I convince them to teach me real estate before my time is up?
  15. Their practice areas are completely different from yours, fyi. No, I didn't consider that conversation a guarantee of eternal employment, but it certainly contradicted any notion that they hired me for the purpose of short-term or temporary employment. In fact, I interviewed for two articling positions where they were upfront with me about the transiency of the positions: one position was to temporarily replace a lawyer on maternity leave, and another employer flat out told me, "There is no chance of hireback." Your initial post, especially, seems to operate on the assumption that I was told such facts upfront for my current position? That's very far from true. In any case, I guess my main grievance is really that had I known about their move (or intended move) earlier, I could've started looking for new positions months ago. I spent this entire winter worried about what would be next for me, and wondering if I should look for associate positions in case they didn't want to hire me back.
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