The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Florida legal assistant Tina Maudlin, laid off last June, put on her classic interview suit on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, and then stood at a busy intersection in Tallahassee with a neatly printed large sign reading, “Legislative/Legal Assistant Needs Employment”.
Motorists honked and waved, some smiling or calling out a word of encouragement, as [she] began another day of looking for a job early Tuesday.
“People will think I’m either crazy or resourceful,” she said as she stood on a pedestrian island at the corner of Capital Circle and Mahan Drive. The morning rush hour was at its peak and few drivers could miss the sign she held, touting her 25 years of experience in secretarial work, along with her phone number.
Since losing her job at a local law firm June 15, Mauldin said she has “searched diligently” for a job, in person and online. Almost everywhere, she said, it’s the same story: Employers can’t interview new applicants, if they’re laying off current employees — or think they might be, soon.
Even I have to say, “Girlfriend, you look wonderfully enthusiastic and professional in a Miss-America-Wave-Kind-of-Way standing on that street corner. Great interview suit and hair!”
Someone in Tallahassee hire this experienced, resourceful woman.