Thursday, May 15, 2008
Hot or Not?
Meet Counsel on Call's Chad Schmidt. He's just another sleazy recruiter who is trying to squeeze his way into the lucrative East Coast temp attorney market. How is he doing it? By throwing himself into the media, and smearing the reputations of the very same people that he is planning to employ:
As fellow blogger "Wicked Words" recently stated, "No wonder I'm expected to feel ashamed for not finding a decent job in a horrible economy. The guys who are supposed to help job searchers do nothing but put them down!" When these job candidates eventually do land a gig, these very same recruiters do nothing for them except fleece them out of half of their pay.
Wicked's Open Letter to the Boston Globe
May 12, 2008
IT IS with a dull anger that I read your article, "These temp lawyers are top-notch, a new firm in Boston promises" (Business, May 5), which my grandmother handed to me as I was clicking on the classifieds in a fruitless effort to find an ad for a junior-level attorney.
You see, I have four years of an Ivy League education, followed by three years of law school, and admission to the bar. In a world where someone with a doctor of jurisprudence is automatically considered to be one of the top earners in the country, the Globe frittered away the opportunity to report on the underclass of lawyers who are mired in tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of dollars in debt and count on document review to pay the bills.
Instead, the story gleefully perpetuated a "stereotype" by noting that a contract attorney is a "fancy name for recent law school graduates who are desperate for work."
And it touts the services of a staffing firm that refuses to hire recent graduates who "couldn't get a job anywhere," without bothering to interview a single contract attorney.
This recent underemployed attorney also used to be a journalist. Maybe I should have remained one, as the Globe could certainly use a refresher in one of the cardinal rules of journalism: Always examine all potential angles.