My First Job

People always remember their firsts: first day in school, first day in college, first day in university, first job, first love, first kiss etc. For me it is my first job which is very memorable.

But before that some history about myself.
I came to USA for doing Ph.D in physics which I completed in 1993. After that I
worked as a post-doctoral research associate for two years in Norman, OK. But when
the funding ran out and it turned out I am not quite the Einstein I thought to be,
I was left with no choice but to find a job outside of academia.

Some people said with my background in physics and with Ph.D from a well known
university and also an MSc from one of I.I.T’s in India, I can easily get a job
in industry in companies like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Applied Materials etc.
However, my job search did not turn up any results in two months. Even though I
got some job in India, I was not willing to go back and wanted to explore further what uncle Sam might have in store for me.

But no job, no job. Then someone suggested I could look for job in the software
industry which was beginning to boom. I had done lot computing as part of my
research. So I thought it is not a bad idea. So I started applying to software
companies in the internet. But most companies kept rejecting by saying I don’t
have any relevant experience. Some will talk to me for a few days and then eventually it will not go anywhere after that.

While I was doing that, I started learning about C programming language. Before
then I have done programming in Fortran language only. So I started learning about pointers, memory
allocation, etc. I also started learning about C++ which was gaining popularity at that
time. I kept on learning. Encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism. I
liked the idea of inheritance and polymorphism very much. While the university
had no funds to pay me anymore, I could still use their computing and other resources, e.g. phone, fax, internet etc. This turned
out to be a great service for me.

But I was still not having any luck in finding a job. Everybody said they need industry
experience which I lacked. Almost a whole month went by, and still no luck.

In fact, a time came when I gave the hope of getting a job and almost about to head back home. But before leaving I gave a call to one of companies I was dealing with. I had talked with them before. This time, the president of the company
himself took the call. When he learned about my story, he decided to give me a
chance. He offered me to come there and stay in their guest house and learn more
programming and they will look for projects for me. At that time, it sounded like a gift from heaven to me.

So I packed all my stuff, vacated my apartment, bid final good bye to the academic world and headed for New Jersey.

New Jersey

It was a small infotec company in New Jersey. They had a two bedroom apartment
which they used as their guest house.

They also urged me to learn visual C++ and I started learning it. However,
they had only one computer for use and sometime there will be competition over who will get to it first.

The company had probably 50-60 employees and most of them were at their client
site working on various assignments. There were only four people in the office.
In fact, most people were recruited over phone and never even came to the home
office.

They had rented a two bedroom apartment which they called the guest house. This
was going to my address for a while.

Life in the Guest House

At a times, their guest house really got crowded. People were coming from India.
Some got placed pretty much immediately but some had to wait a while.

Sometime the mood got very festive. People talking, joking, playing. One day,
someone was cooking while some other people having a hearty adda (chit chat). So
he also joined in the party. But he forgot to switch off the cooking burner.
He was having so much fun, he didn’t realize the oil had gotten over heated
and started burning. It caught our attention only there were smoke all over the
living room. Immediately we ran to the kitchen and switched off the gas. But the
oil was still burning and so much smoke came out that it triggered the smoke
alarm. We quickly opened the windows and tried to fan the smoke out with some newspapers. At one point we were worried if police or fire brigade
will come and what they will think when they find so many foreigners in a single
apartment. So someone suggested most of us could hide in the bathroom. Then
someone pointed out the closet which was a walk-in close and could fit 5-6 people easily. But no police or fire brigade ever came and the smoke cleared in an hour.

In another day, someone put a hot cooking pot containing lentil right onto the carpet. No one seemed to notice what happened until we finished eating. The pot
has burned the carpet it was sitting on, we discovered when the pot was lifted.
Everybody was very nervous. Weeks later, it will a subject of obscene joke : an black round spot exactly in the middle of the apartment.

Also people will forget one or another sometime : may be switching off
light or the air conditioning, one someone even forgot to turn off the cooking gas, it kept burning the whole day. It was very fortunate that the whole apartment was not burned down. But every time the company president knew about
it, he would start yelling, and the blame game will start.

Hopeless quest for job

As I was learning visual C++, they would try sending my resume
for review to some companies. In all cases, it will be completely ignored. Sometime the marketing person will talk to someone mentioning my impressive educational
background. But only response he would get from the other end was in the form of
a question : how much industry experience does he have? Answer was, of course, ZERO! It was getting more and more frustrating.
In one instance, he almost yelled at them saying : ‘he has written thousand lines of code’! To this day, the desparateness, frustration and poignance still
rings in my ear.

I was also getting sick of learning visual C++. I know I can write program that
can fetch data and display it on the screen, but what all is there to learn?
One can not memorize the whole windows api.

As I was learning visual C++ and sometime visual basic, I also had another task
to take care of. This was to drive people around. Even though most people
found jobs without too much effort, there were few who took some time. They
will have interviews here and there. Since they just came from India, they didn’t know driving and my ability to drive a car came very handy to them. So
I would drive them to places. In one incident, I drove one guy to some place
in North Jersey and I got lost. Cell phone were available at that time, but almost no one
had them. I stopped at a lonely gas station and made a call. It was so lonely
and time was around 11 pm, I got really scared. In another instance, I was
supposed to bring back a guy from some town in philadelphia who got rolled off
from the project just after a week. This time also I got lost and found myself
driving on a very narrow road. There was no way to turn back. Finally I stopped
on the shoulder which was grass. There was a car coming from behind, so I waited
until it passed. But to my surprise, the car stopped just by my car. I was very
scared. But when the windows rolled down, I saw an old lady instead of a someone
pointing gun at me who asked if I was alright and needed any help. I was so
touched by this gesture. So I smiled and said no. I turned back and eventually
found the guy and headed back to the guest house.

The fight with Lawyer

The first thing they had do was to get an H1B approval for me. But
the lawyer was very much against me. One day the president of the company got
in phone with him and an entertaining conversation followed.

Lawyer: How can you be sure he can do this job?

President: I know his background, he can easily learn this.

Lawyer: Okay, but his degree is in physics it will be very difficult to get H1B
approval for him.

President: He has done lot of programming as part of this research, it should not be any problem.

Lawyer: Okay, but this is still a very complicated case and lot of extra work needs to done, it would cost XXXX dollars.

President: Oh my god! Etna mat bolo. Hamara seva karo. (Don’t quote so much, serve me well).

Lawyer: No man, it can not be any lower than that.

President: Kar do bhaiya! Main to garib admi hun. (Please do it, we are too poor!)

Lawyer: I am giving you the lowest price! Others will charge you a whole lot. (Meaning he would suck the last drop of blood from you if he could.)

And the coversation continued for a while. It ended like this.

President: Okay, we will get all paperwork ready. Please start working on this
as soon as possible.

Lawyer: Don’t worry. As long as it is in my hand everything will go smoothly (meaning he didn’t have a clue what he was talking about).

Return to India

At some point, I decided to go home and stay there until get a project; the chance of
which was getting slimmer and slimmer each day. So I bought a one-way ticket to India and headed home. There was very good chance that I will not return back to USA. At home, my parent pestered me so much to get married.
So I decided to get married even though I did not have a job. This is partly
because I was not having much luck with girls. I did have chances though, but I
blew them all. But this is not relevant in the context of this story. May be later.

But right after getting married, guess what, phone started ringing from USA.
The infotec company has finally found someone who was interested in my resume
and an phone interview was scheduled quickly. The interview was not as great as
I thought! But one hour later, I got a call back saying I was selected for the
job. Take that! I got a job.

After that everything was arranged with lightening speed. The plane ticket was booked and
I headed back to US. But even this part was not without kinks. They booked a
ticket on Tower airlines! I was supposed to fly out of Mumbai. I was to collect
the ticket from the Tower office in Mumbai. When I tried to find their office
in the largest city of India, I had troubles. The taxi driver took me around the
city (probably twice) and when finally located the office, they said I simply
had to pick it up from their counter in the airport itself. Well the taxi raced
back to the airport and dropped me there. He demanded about thousand rupees (or
fifteen hundred, I don’t remember today).
But everything went smoothly after that! In the airport in New York, two people
from the office came to meet me! It was so touching.

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How to Write an Effective Lawyer Cover

A lawyer cover letter should accompany each resume you send to an employer. Is it necessary? Absolutely. Many job seekers are skipping this important step in the process, not realizing the full importance of the lawyer cover letter. A cover letter not only introduces you to a potential employer, but it allows you to provide explanations and discuss important points or parts of your background that are either not mentioned in your resume, or that cannot be adequately covered in a resume.

A lawyer cover letter should always be professional, enthusiastic, sincere, and on point; in other words, it should be specifically tailored to the particular employer to whom it is addressed. The lawyer cover letter should follow the same formatting style as the resume. For example, if you used 10-point Arial fonts and 2-inch margins on your resume, your lawyer cover letter should include the same font, margins, and header as your resume. A lawyer cover letter should be no longer than one page, and include at least three paragraphs. Each paragraph should serve a distinct purpose, and provide information related to the position.

Here is the basic format for writing an effective lawyer cover letter:

Paragraph 1

The purpose of the first paragraph is to introduce yourself and refer to the position you are applying to. Tell them who you are, why you are writing the letter, and give them a reason to continue reading the rest of your cover letter. The first sentence of your first paragraph should read something like this: “I am Class of 1990 litigator applying to the Trial Attorney position with the U.S. Department of Justice.” In this first paragraph, you should also refer to your practice area, and why you are a good fit for the position. Also, if the position requires a relocation on your part, be sure to mention any geographic ties that you may have to the region in which the employer is located.

To grab the reader’s attention and entice them to keep reading your lawyer cover letter, you should include a statement that sets you apart, such as a personal connection or specific interest in the position or organization. One example could be: “Professor John A. Smith recommended that I contact you because of your expertise in immigration law.” If you do not have a personal contact or recommendation within the firm or organization, try something like this: “I was fascinated to read your article in the August issue of The National Law Journal” or “My extensive experience in tort litigation and strong interest in that area may be an asset to your firm.” Whatever you choose to include, make sure that it is something that you learned in your research about the particular employer or position that sets you apart from other applicants.

Paragraph 2

The purpose of the second paragraph is to elaborate on your background, experience, and skills and relate how they fit with the position and needs of the employer’s organization. It is not enough for a potential employer to review your resume and determine whether those skills are a match, it is up to you to make those connections. You should use any element of your background, such as your job experience, skills, and training to demonstrate how these are relevant and transferable to the position. One mistake that is often made in the course of this exercise is for job seekers to repeat what is already on their resume. While elements of your resume are important to stress, you should make an effort to go beyond the resume, and provide a fresh perspective on what you have to offer.

Another important purpose of the lawyer cover letter is to be able to discuss relevant aspects of your candidacy that are not appropriate or practical to include in the resume. For instance, if you are no longer working with your last employer, this is a good place to discuss why. For example, if you were laid off because of economic reasons, it’s best to explain this on the cover letter, rather than have the employer assume that something is wrong with you from the resume alone. This is also a good place to explain gaps on your resume, transitions, or any other elements that show that you’ve not taken a linear route to your legal career. Any perceived or potential negative can be easily dealt with and explained in the cover letter.

The lawyer cover letter can also allow you to discuss positives that are not easily addressed on the resume. For instance, if you earned high grades in a particular course, received professional training in a particular practice area, or published articles in a specific field, this is a good place for you to discuss these accomplishments in details. You can expand on a specific skill or accomplishment as it best relates to the position, and discuss how these achievements enabled you to hone essentials skills for the job. Finally, if the position requires relocating, you should take the opportunity to show your interest or ties to city, and convince the employer of your willingness to move.

Paragraph 3

The purpose of the third and final paragraph of your lawyer cover letter is to reiterate your interest in the position, and direct the employer to what you want them to do. Make it easy for the employer to schedule a meeting. If you are going to be travelling to the employer’s city, let them know when so they can easily schedule a time to see you. If you are local, specify times that are convenient for you and provide telephone numbers where you can be reached and an email address.

Finally, be sure to include a line of gratitude. For example: “I welcome the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the real estate associate position. I will be in Atlanta the week of March 18th, and can be reached on my cell phone at (555) 434-9987. I hope we can arrange a mutually convenient time to meet. Thank you for your consideration.”

OR

“I am eager to speak with you and discuss my possible contribution to John, Doe & Associates as I feel my experiences in intellectual property will be an asset to your firm. I will be in touch with you within a week, and if you need to reach me, you can call 555-434-9987, or email me at applicant@email.com. Thank you for your time and consideration.

OR

“I hope to have the opportunity to discuss how my background and experiences may fit your needs for this general counsel position. Thank you for your time and consideration, I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

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Popularity of Divorce Lawyer

It is definitely not an easy task to get the divorce. However, this is an old saying now and couples are getting the divorce at will. There have been many reasons for this as now divorce is an important issue as far as the law and order are concerned. There is a need to find the reason for the divorce but it is more important to find the person who will carry the whole process. These days the DIY format has become very popular but that requires many guts and there is no doubt at all that it is a tough job. It is good for the couples those lack money but for those who have enough money, proper consultation will definitely be the right idea. Without proper consultation the job will not be done. If we will talk about the states like Houston then we will find that the divorce rate is very high. However, one will definitely find out that Houston divorce lawyer has been very busy in solving these divorce cases.

These lawyers are quite in demand especially in states like Houston where the divorce rate is very high. The rich class is also quite dominant out here and hence one will definitely find that Divorce lawyers are being called more often than not. Houston is a rich state and this is one of the major reasons, why the lawyers are busy all the time. These lawyers do many jobs. It all starts with the filing of the legal separation and it is undoubtedly not an easy task but these lawyers complete it quite efficiently with quite a bit of efficiency.

One the legal separation is filed, after few months the file for the absolute or temporary divorce can be filed. These jobs are not easy at all and it is very hard to remember all the clauses for a nonprofessional user. Thus, most of the time, if the petitioner has the money then undoubtedly, they should go for the lawyers. States like Houston has so many advantages for the lawyer and hence the Houston divorce lawyer is more than popular.

If the petitioner hires the lawyer then it is definitely made sure that the case is being filed with total dedication and no clause is being left out at all. There are many rules and regulations related to the divorce and it is definitely not that easy for the couple to go through all the laws. It is definitely a tough job. That is why they have to contact the lawyers, which can be the real solution for their worries.

Cases related to the child custody, the child support is undoubtedly very tough, and it is definitely not that easy to find out that who is concerned about the child. Court is in dilemma too and it is not that easy to decide that too and hence if the people find that the case is serious then they should definitely try to make sure that they call the divorce lawyers. As far, the Houston divorce lawyer is concerned, one will definitely find that they are available in plenty and it is not that tough to find an able lawyer out here.

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Career As a Lawyer

A legal system exists in every civilized society to safeguard people’s rights, interest, their life and property. To run the system successfully there needs people who can understand the laws, interpret and explain them to the common people. There comes the role of lawyers.

Career as a lawyer has always been a respectful option in the civilized societies in the world. An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another person, especially in a legal context. He is licensed to practice law, learned in the law; as an attorney, counsel or solicitor; Lawyer profession involves the practical application and knowledge of acts, rules, statutes and laws of the land to solve people’s problems, or to advance the interests of those who hire lawyers to perform legal services. The role of the lawyer varies significantly across legal jurisdictions.

“About Lawyers”

In today’s rapidly changing world progress and development have been made almost in every profession. It results creation of large number of opportunities for individuals. Legal profession has no exception. Law jobs in Pakistan can be seen in national dailies regularly. In the legal profession, lawyers have many options over the course of their careers. Besides private practice, they can always aspire to becoming a district attorney on division level, assistant district attorney on district level. Jobs for lawyers are offered as Advocate General in the High courts and as attorney General in the Supreme Court. Many other career opportunities for lawyers are also available in legal profession like public prosecutor, government counsel, corporate in-house counsel, administrative law judge, judge, arbitrator, law professor, or politician. A large organization offers jobs as legal advisor and lucrative remuneration is offered for the job. In developing countries like India and Pakistan, a large majority of law students never actually practice, but simply use their law degree as a foundation for careers in other fields. Lawyers generally structure their legal education around their chosen specialty; the boundaries between different types of lawyers are carefully defined and hard to cross. After one earns a law degree, career mobility may be severely constrained. The legal profession is not rigorously bifurcated and everyone within it can easily change roles and arenas.

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