Welcome to the Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association

The Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association (CELA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of employment law attorneys from around the state who share in a common mission; providing quality representation to employees and vindicating employees’ rights.

To that end, CELA’s members work collaboratively to:

  • Promote and increase public awareness of the rights of individual employees;
  • Furnish educational opportunities for attorneys who represent employees;
  • Assist lawyers who actively represent employees in employment related disputes by:
  • Providing ready access to knowledgeable colleagues;
  • Relieving the sense of professional isolation experienced by many employment lawyers who practice in solo or small firms; and
  • Promoting social and cultural exchange among attorneys and other interested groups.
  • Promote the intellectual and professional interests of attorneys who represent employees;
  • Provide the public with accessibility to skilled legal counsel who are well versed and accomplished in the complex area of employment law; and
  • Provide educational training and instructional activities for members, the general bar and for the public.

Connecticut Employment Lawyers Association Weekly

Topic of the Week  Overcoming a Stigma in a Job Interview

  • P – Playful.
  • A – Alone, NOT.
  • S – Succinct.
  • T – Truth.
     
Stigma. It’s tough to face it for the first time in a job interview.
However, join the club–women, African Americans, older workers, and many more have and continue to struggle against this kind of bias. Which always reminds me of the airport. The airport? Yes, because just like at the airport, at work we all carry baggage too. Baggage that can make your job search much more challenging.
 
However, there are many ways to avoid tripping over your baggage in a job interview, I’ve included four strategies below, built around the word “PAST.”

P – Playful. Yes, playful. Often you can move past a stigma with a witty remark or funny observation. For example, when President Obama was asked the dreaded Clinton questions, “Did you inhale?” He just smiled and inquired, “Wasn’t that the point?” Don’t leave your sense of humor at home, often it’s one of your best tools for negotiating today’s workplace. Just be careful to not appear arrogant or insensitive to their concerns.

A – Alone, NOT. As I said earlier, we all have baggage at work. Which means that many of the people you know who are currently employed have managed to move past theirs. So next time you get together with former colleagues or friends, instead of being full of boasting and bravado about all your success, ask specific questions about how they’ve gotten past the red flags in their career. You can learn a lot from the people around you about how to navigate the hiring minefield but you’ll have to ask, seldom is this information volunteered.

S – Succinct. There is a classic interviewer’s trick, when an interviewee finishes his or her answer don’t immediately ask another question. Wait. Often when confronted with silence an interviewee will just keep talking, often digging a deep hole for themselves in the process. Avoid this risk by talking about your stigma(s) succinctly. Don’t embellish. Give a short and direct answer to their questions and then wait until the next question. Don’t feel compelled to fill the silence. Adopt this approach and you will learn that silence can be golden for you.

T – Truth. I’ve had people write to me who lied during an interview and still managed to get hired, but later on the company found out about the lie and they were eventually let go. Never lie on your resume or in an interview, it has a nasty way of eventually catching up with you. That said, you don’t necessarily have to volunteer damaging information about yourself either, unless you’re directly asked about it.

Again the issue in a job interview isn’t your baggage, it’s how you handle it. Use the strategies above to roll smoothly through your next interview.

About the Author: Bob Rosner is a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. For free job and work advice, check out the award-winningworkplace911.com. If you have a question for Bob, contact him viabob@workplace911.com.

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