Jen Magnussen helms Northstar Legal, a full-service legal placement and staffing firm that acts as a professional matchmaker, matching firms across a range of legal specialties with talented administrators and all legal support staff positions. She is also wicked funny, so please keep reading and get to know Jen Magnussen with me!
1. Tell us in a few sentences what you do. And why you do it.
Well, I like to say that I try to help people find their second homes – meaning their jobs. You know, the place that most people spend more time at than they
do with their own families at home. I do it because it pays the bills, but more so because of the reward I receive
when someone sends me a text telling me that their favorite days are the ones that they get to go to work.
2. What is your contact info (that you want shared) please include any active social handles, websites etc.
3. When I wake up in the morning the first thing I do is…
Cry. (that was a joke) 😛 Honestly, I limp to my son’s room and give him the biggest mom bear hug to wake him up until the day he tells me that he is too old for me to do it. then I make a dirty chai and get on with my day.
4. My best business advice is….
Never stop learning. Listen. Stop interrupting people and listen to
them. You will learn so much more when you just stop and listen to people. I once listened to a new client for
over 45 minutes and never said more than a “mmm-hmm.” He ended the conversation with, “you are honestly the most considerate person I have ever spoken to; I feel like we are on the exact same page! I feel like you get me.”
5. My professional goal for 2021 is…
To grow. To teach more people that quality means more than quantity. Honesty, open minds, and trust will land you right where you need to be.
6. Supporting women in business is now more critical than ever. How can our community best support you?
By lifting each other up. Tell a stranger that they are beautiful. Compliment people whenever you see an opportunity. Build them up. Listen to people. Learn something from everyone you meet and be grateful for
everything you have. Because one day, a random compliment from a nice stranger might be all that you have that day, and all that you really needed.
7. Your Astrological sign:
STOP…ok, Taurus. I thought you might be trying to pick me up or something.
8. Favorite donut:
9. Favorite podcast:
I do not listen to them. Unless you count the Daily Calm. I do not think that is a podcast though.
10. Favorite book:
Whichever one I am reading. All of them.
11. Favorite pandemic binge watch:
Honestly, you really do not want to know the answer to this.
12. When I practice self-care I…
Meditate, alone, sometimes with my son. Take a walk. Go bike riding. I used to do yoga; I need to get back into that. But when I REALLY need it, and I mean REALLY NEED IT, I drive to the beach, sit in the water, and just listen to the waves with my eyes closed and let the water crash over
my hands and legs for hours. And then meditate and picture that I am at the beach listening to the waves and letting the water wash over my hands and legs for hours.
13. The place I am happiest is…
14. People are surprised to learn…
Have a brain.
15. 2020 taught me…
To stay away from people who tell you to “rid yourself of negative people” (HA! See
the irony there?) The world has already pushed us to surround ourselves with only people who “think the way I do.” No one ever learned anything from surrounding yourself with YES people. Talk to people who disagree with you. Listen to why they feel differently and then stop trying to make people feel stupid because they have
different opinions. They probably do because someone made them feel stupid and then they surrounded themselves with “yes” people. I love my job. I actually love it, because I meet so many different people with so many different views on EVERYTHING, every day! I learn so many things every day. Some have jaded me, but
most have taught me, and for that I love my job. I love to help be part of that change in their lives that picks them back up and places them where they need to be.