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“Age discrimination is a problem. Botox isn’t the solution”

Chere Estrin's "Are You Pretty Enough for your Job" was Featured in an Article on Fortune Magazine 10/27/21 Issue "Age discrimination is a problem. Botox isn’t the solution" the article's author Emily Peck jumps right in ... "Even as companies struggle to hire amid labor shortages and the so-called Great Resignation, older workers are having trouble finding jobs. Particularly women. Sixty-nine...

3rd Article Awarded a Best Article Award for 2022!

. Are You Pretty Enough For Your Job? Originally Posted on here November 19, 2021 (republished by Paralegal Brief in early 2022) by Chere Estrin Editors Note: This article struck a chord with many of our readers resulting in a huge outpouring of comments.  It even spawned an article in Fortune Magazine. Some time back, I was on the cover of a legal trade publication. I was so excited. The...

Put an End to “Progressive” Discipline 

Jathan Janove  As a former labor and employment law attorney, I’ve taken issue with the popular employee disciplinary tool commonly referred to as “progressive discipline.” In my view, it’s a pernicious contradiction in terms. Here’s what I published on this topic with SHRM. I advocate replacing conventional employee disciplinary policy with the following three communication...

Another One of Our Articles Awarded a Best Article Award!

. Adding Value To The Firm – Are You In Or Out? Originally Posted on May 18, 2022 by Nora Boghossian We often talk about how to get a job but why don’t we talk enough about keeping a job? “You are going to have to kick me out, because I’m not going anywhere.” I remember saying that to my boss one day. They knew my loyalty to the firm. I showed it by keeping myself apprised of...

All I wanted for Christmas was my two front seats.

By Chere B. Estrin Flightmare. If you got caught up in it, my sympathies! With thousands and thousands of weary travelers serious victims of the blizzard, ice or even Southwest, the holidays were dreadful. Can I vent for just a moment? For those of you still stuck at airports, in cities you know nothing about, sleeping in the airport, staying in hotels you can’t afford, or trying to take a...

One of Our Articles Awarded a Best Article Award!

. Two Unbelievable Reasons Why Paralegal Resumes Get Tossed Originally Posted on January 19, 2022 by Chere Estrin Are You Guilty of This? By Chere B. Estrin Are you sending your paralegal resume out with little or no response? Are you thinking about seeking a new position but not sure whether your resume will meet the test? Let’s talk turkey. I hear over and over from paralegals...

8 Strategies for Climbing the Law Firm Leadership Ladder

. Last night, I plumb ran out of sleep. Here I was, snoozing away, not particularly dreaming about anything, when I woke right up. I found myself worrying about a legal professional who had come to me to find ways to get promoted in her firm.  I went over our conversation. She was at her firm 14 years and hadn’t had a raise in several years. Other professionals were being brought in at a...

How to Blow your Chances of Getting a Raise

By Chere B. Estrin It’s here again. Oh, yes. That stressful, anxiety ridden, white knuckling 30 minutes guaranteed to make your palms sweat, heart race and chest tighten followed by a sense of impending doom surrounding your otherwise well-being. Yes, I am talking about the performance review.  We’ve all been through it. Some were good, some were bad. Some met your expectations and...

Do You Know Your Value?

by Sonya Sigler “Who are you?” asked Bill Campbell, Intuit’s CEO at the time I was sitting in his office discussingbusiness schools. I fumbled around for an answer, meandering all over the place, feeling not atall sure I had answered his question. Next he asked, “Who is Sonya Sigler?” Yeah, this question just confirmed that I really hadn’tanswered his first question. More fumbling...

Marina Shepelsky: How to Be a Top Lawyer in Your Niche

By Chere Estrin What does it take to become a successful lawyer? In a series of in-depth interviews for the Estrin Report, Chere Estrin profiles top lawyers from all types of practices, and we’re highlighting their top five tips here. This week, the spotlight is on immigration and divorce lawyer — and social media star — Marina Shepelsky.  Marina Shepelsky Founder,...

Could Your Boss’ Boss Describe What You Do?

by Sonya Sigler Have you seen a colleague get promoted over you and wondered why? Or thought to yourself, ‘What are they doing that I’m not?’ The truth of the matter is that they know how to self-promote. I know, we’ve all been given messages that self-promotion is bad, or it feels icky and profoundly uncomfortable. That means we don’t do it, or we avoid it, or if we attempt it, we do...