(Closed) Advice needed. Career/volunteer

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 2
1896 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

He might have forgotten, but then again that also says something about him.  It sounds like you’re in a good position without this position so I’d let it slide.  It might be that he’s just starting out in his own practice or he has no clue how to actually set up one so he’s just winging it.  Either way working for him doesn’t sound like it will get you the type of experience you’re looking for.  I would let it drop and if he calls be polite (you never know when you’ll run into him again) and say “Thank you so much for your offer but I pursued other opportunities” or something nice like that.  Chances are if he’s forgotten to call you, he’s also forgotten that he ‘hired’ you.

Post # 3
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Since you don’t need the job, I would let it go.  Good luck!

Post # 4
733 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: City, State

I would call and be polite and ask if he is still expecting you as you haven’t heard from him but at the same time I agree with other posters. I would just wait for him to call you and you can explain that you haven’t heard from him. Honestly if you can work now and be paid for it, I would do that and than do the work study program through your school. Being from Ontario and finishing school in April 2013, let me tell ya, the less OSAP you need (if you do need it) the better! 😀 Good Luck with your studies come September!

Post # 5
47457 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you want the job, I don’t think it’s too late to call tonight. I would say that I just wanted to check to see if the job offer is still on the table as he didn’t call back.

Personally, I would have some concerns about working in a stranger’s home- lawyer or no lawyer. His reason for establishing a home office doesn’t make sense.

Have you checked the website for the Ontario Law Society or whatever their registering body is, to see if he has been the subject of any disciplinary action?

There’s just somthing odd about this situation that makes me uncomfortable.

Post # 6
9129 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

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EncoreBridetoBe:  Don’t work for an attorney for free, especially out of his home office. I’m an attorney and I can promise you 99% it won’t turn out well. Just call him and tell him another paid opportunity came up and unfortunately you have to decline his offer for the internship.

Post # 8
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I had a horrible situation pretty similar to that after graduating law school but before starting my current job. I hate to say it (because I am an attorney myself and so is my father) but there are a lot of sleezy horrible attorneys out there who will take advantage and don’t tend to care about anyone but themselves. If you think it will look good on the resume and don’t mind the hassle it may bring why not email/ call him and ask if he still wanted you to come in? With the economy these days you’d be surprised the kinds of jobs people are taking so he might just want someone for free.

Also what kind of special software did he expect you to have? I’ve never used special software but I am also in the states so maybe that’s why.

Post # 10
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I think it’s plausible that he thinks you’re coming tomorrow.  Since a date and time were set, he might have forgotten the other key detail (calling you to confirm) and just be expecting you to come in then. 

I would call or email regardless, because if he does expect you to be there and you don’t show up, it won’t look very good on you whether you wanted the “job” or not.  Who knows what kind of connections he has in the field.  I know my field is very small, and I’ve heard people tell others not to hire someone for something like accepting a job and then declining it afterwards, or something similar.  

If you don’t want to have the awkward conversation, you can send an email saying something like, “Since I haven’t heard back from you, I was unsure if I was expected to come in tomorrow.  However, I have been offered another position that I plan to take.  Thank you for the opportunity.”

It is pretty weird that he’s expecting free labor.

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