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Connie’s Career Corner: Work is Draining my Energy

February 25, 2013


“Work is draining my energy.”


Tip for the day:  Invest some time in yourself, you are worth the investment.

Q:  Dear Connie: I am so busy at work that I do not seem to have time for my family or myself.  Does everyone live this way?

A:   Dear Busy as a Bee:  Many people do feel the way that you feel.  The job they do on a daily basis becomes so intense that it takes over their life.  There are valid reasons for getting into this pattern with ones work.  There is the drive to succeed that motivates a person to want to not only do a good job but an outstanding job.  There is the fear that if ones performance is not excellent, they will not get the promotion they desire.  There is the fear that if the company is looking to cut employees, they will cut the people who are not producing and you do not want to be seen as “one of those people.”

While having a strong work ethic is highly valued by employers, having a work-life balance is important to you and your wellbeing.  You do not want to accomplish everything possible at your place of employment at the expense of losing your relationship with your family and friends.

We all feel like we do not have enough time to do the things that we want to do in life.  Yet, truth is we have to make time for the things we want to do.  If a person needs to mow his lawn, he may say, “I am too tired to do that today.”  If the person receives a phone call from a friend who offers him a free ticket to the Titans game, he will probably say, “What time do we leave?”

Now is a good time for you to stop and evaluate what is important to you.  Make a list of the things you really value.  Schedule some time for your family and for the things that bring you happiness.  You need to also save some time for yourself.  You are worth the investment.  Do not skip your vacations or work too many hours because you will drain your energy and will actually be less productive at your job.  Activities outside of work renew your energy and your spirit.

Work toward having a work-life balance and you and your loved ones will be happier and healthier.  Even your employer will benefit from your new approach to life.


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Connie’s Career Corner: Listen to the Real Questions

February 15, 2013


“Learn how to listen for the real question.”

Tip for the day:  Silent and listen are made up of the same letters.

Q:  Dear Connie: I have been to several interviews and am afraid that the answers I am giving are not answering the questions that the interviewer wants me to answer.  What am I doing wrong?

A:   Dear What Did You Say:  You may need to develop your ability to listen.  Your interviewer is trying to gain specific information from the questions he is asking in order to properly evaluate your skills, abilities and personality.  If you do not listen well you will miss the point of the question.

A few tips for effective listening are:

  • Give undivided attention
  • Listen carefully to what the person is really saying
  • Allow silence for reflection
  • Use restatement to clarify messages

It is important to listen to the whole question the interviewer is asking and concentrate on what the speaker is saying not on the answer you are planning to give.  If you start formulating the answer when you hear the beginning of the question, you may not hear the complete question.


Watch the interviewer’s body language.  You may be able to pick up on his expectations by the signals he is sending with his body language.  If he looks extremely serious when asking a question, he more than likely wants a thoughtful answer with no joking inserted in the answer.  If he is smiling and rares back in his chair, he is probably hoping to hear an answer that shows the lighter side of your personality.

Notice the words that are used and how many parts there are to the question.  Repeat some of these same words in your answer.  If the question has three parts to it, it is very important that you address all three parts of the question in your response.


Remember to give yourself time to think the question all the way through before answering.  This is not the time to “wing” it.  You want to sound intelligent and taking a few seconds of silence to gather your thoughts will help in this area.

Using restatement can help you focus in on the right answer.  Do not use restatement the same way that you might in a normal conversation by saying, “What I hear you saying is ….”  You use restatement by leading off your answer with part of the question.  If the question is, “Tell me how you work in a team”, you might say, “Working in a team is one of my greatest strength.”  Then proceed to explain how you are a strong team player.

By using these tips you should become a better listener which will in turn make you a better interviewee.


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Legal Assistant Position

February 5, 2013

Legal assistant needed for immediate opening for four-attorney office suite in the Germantown area near downtown Nashville. Areas of practice include entertainment, intellectual property, complex commercial litigation, business bankruptcy and domestic relations. Looking for someone to work four days a week with possibility of increasing to five. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30-5:30. For more information please email


Responsibilities include:

Maintaining litigation files (paper and electronic); electronic filings with federal agencies, federal courts and bankruptcy courts; communicating with clients, potential clients and courts; managing calendars for cases and attorneys; word-processing, billing and general correspondence; answering phones; greeting clients and guests; maintaining clean and orderly appearance of public areas and break room. Also responsible for miscellaneous office-management duties (e.g., ordering office supplies, communicating with vendors, etc.).


Necessary Qualifications


Excellent organizational skills.

Detail-oriented with good proofreading skills.

Professional demeanor.

Ability to work independently and collaboratively.


Ability to multitask and prioritize work quickly under strict deadline pressure while maintaining accuracy.

Ability to support multiple attorneys.

Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and federal court electronic filing systems; familiarity with Dropbox and Rocket Matter a plus.

Previous work experience as legal assistant.

Dependable, honest, flexible, self-motivated and willing to learn new skills.

Dependable transportation required.