How did I get started in this business?
Well, I was a lawyer…for about 10 minutes.
Back in 1999, I graduated from NYU Law and started my career as an employment lawyer at Sidley Austin, one of the world’s largest law firms. I’d spent years working towards this goal and was excited to make a difference in people’s work lives.
I lasted a grand total of 11 months. Clearly, me + the practice of law was not a match made in heaven.
But my brief stint at BigLaw was far from a total loss. Lawyers are trained to communicate clearly and effectively, and those skills came in handy over the next several years, when I worked as a legal writer and editor at CCH Incorporated and, later, at Business & Legal Resources (now a division of Simplify Compliance).
I wrote about all things HR: compliance, engagement, recruiting, interviewing, and all the relevant acronyms (FMLA, ADA, ADEA, ERISA, HIPAA, and more). I got very good at explaining how to run efficient, legally compliant businesses that attract and retain the best talent. Along the way, I also became an expert on how companies can best leverage social media to develop their unique brand and message and gain a huge following of devoted fans.
I learned first-hand how to do this as I helped grow one of BLR’s corporate blogs to a readership of over 30,000 email subscribers. I was also named a “Top 25 Online Influencer in Employment Law” by HR Examiner.
The bottom line is that while I may not have loved practicing employment law, I found my calling writing about it.
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