COVID-19 has caused a lot of bad stuff to happen this year. The latest mess is the cancelation of Halloween. And I’m really bummed about it…
‘Tis the season of stress and we’re all feeling it.
We’re often told that in order to reduce stress, we need to consume less alcohol, eat healthier foods, sleep at least 8 hours per night, and exercise regularly. While these are excellent ideas, they’re difficult habits to form in the best of times – attempting them now is almost guaranteed to fail, which will only add guilt and shame to your stress cocktail.
For this reason, I’m going to share some instant gratification stress reducing techniques you can use to reduce your stress right away (within 24 hours).
Welcome to the third instalment in my series on Life After Hirebacks, designed specifically for articling students. If you missed the earlier posts, you can find them here:
Today, I’ll be answering some of the questions I’m most frequently asked by students who weren’t hired back – questions like Should I be applying to smaller firms? and How long did it take you to find a job? I’ll answer these, and more, in the hopes of helping you decide what to do next.
PRACTICAL ADVICE FOR ARTICLING STUDENTS
Welcome to the second instalment of a three-part series on Life After Hirebacks, designed specifically for articling students. If you missed the first one, you can find it here: What To Do If You Weren’t Hired Back. Part 3 can be found here: How to Spend Your Summer, and Starting Your Job Hunt in the Fall.
This post is all about reference letters, and more specifically, what you should do if you are asked to prepare the initial draft of your own reference letter. If you’re thinking “Are you kidding me? I have to write my own f*cking reference letter?”. I’m not kidding. It’s completely possible that you’ll be asked to do this.
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AN OPEN LETTER TO ARTICLING STUDENTS ABOUT LIFE AFTER HIREBACKS
Dear Articling Students,
You just spent ten months working away at your law firm only to get the news that you aren’t being hired back. The thing you most feared has just happened, and it doesn’t feel fair. Now you’re in the awkward position of having to continue working for the people who just rejected you for another few weeks. At least you (hopefully) don’t have to physically go into the office and face these people, right? Thanks, COVID-19.
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It turns out that you don’t need to live alone to feel lonely. I managed to get into an impressively bad mood after only two weeks of self-isolation. I felt so lonely, which seemed ridiculous since I live in a house full of people (and pets). I was normally a happy and energetic person, so I got fed up with being miserable pretty quickly. I decided to pull myself out of my funk, even if it meant I had to go kicking and screaming. Luckily, it didn’t come to that.
I came up with a strategy that has worked incredibly well so far, so I thought I’d share it with you. I call it The Friendship Project. It’s designed specifically for pandemics but can be used long afterwards when things (hopefully) return to normal.
The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot. We’ve all had to adapt in different ways. For many of us, our work lives have seen the biggest transformation. If you are lucky enough to still be employed, you might be dealing with an entirely new challenge:working from home with your spouse.
My husband and I have been sharing our home workspace for over a year. It was a huge adjustment at first, but we finally figured out how to do it. Here are some tips that can make working from home together much more comfortable, whether your arrangement is temporary or permanent.