Does this sound like a good job?

I interviewed for a job as a secretary/receptionist at what I thought was going to be a medium-to-small sized law office, but turned out to be some solo-practitioners/ old country lawyers office in a converted old pier and beam type wooden house on the outskirts of town not far from a nasty trailer park where an ex boyfriend of mine used to live. The do-all-things legal secretary job working for this crusty old lawyer only pays $12.50 an hour, only $1 an hour more than my current job working as a store clerk/sales rep at a cell phone kiosk, and neither job has any health insurance or benefits. Since the secretary job is alot farther away from the trailer park I live in now, it'd be a longer drive and cost more in gas, largely off setting the slight hourly pay increase. The only two differences between the secretary job over the cell-phone-kiosk-girl job I currently have, are: 1) I'd get to spend most of the day sitting down, rather than standing up, and 2) apparently he still smokes in his office and doesn't mind if others do, because there was the strong smell of smoke throughout his whole office, and several large ashtrays throughout, including one at the desk of his last longtime secretary lady, (who I think just died from cancer). In the interview, I thought about explicitly asking if he allowed smoking at work, but didnt want to seem to forward, so i just complimented his beautiful classic large glass ashtrays instead. He said that he kept them out for clients who wanted to smoke, and said that most of his types of working class/blue collar clients were smokers. I mentioned how 'thoughtful' that was, unsure what to think, and he explained that the smoking ban didn't apply to small businesses under a certain number of employees, and that technically his small building was outside city zoning restriction limits by a few hundred yards. I thought for sure he would have asked me if I was a smoker, but he didn't. In a really weird way, this is almost drawing me towards the job, since to a smoker like me, the ability to smoke at work, at my desk would be a godsend, especially compared to having to go stand outside in an alleyway behind the building like I do now. Often times now I may only smoke a pack and a half a day now, maybe two packs on weekends, but I'm a little scared that if I could smoke at my office, my compulsive-addictive personality might take over and I'd start chain smoking at work all day if I was allowed to. Part of me is a little scared by that, but another part of me thinks that much personal freedom at work is almost too good to be true. He seems like a decent enough boss, who didn't explicitly give me the creeps, although he dd say that he had a "dress code" for work and said something like "coat and tie for guys and nice skirt and high heels for girls", which he explained was mainly to keep it professional looking since it's still a law office, even if it is semi-rural. I thought about asking him if I had to wear pantyhose, but since I didn't wear any to the interview, I thought it better not to ask and raise the issue. As long as he doesn't ask me to wear pantyhose, I dont really mind the dress code, even if it is kinda weird that it would only apply to him and me since there aren't any other employees right now. So, I don't know what to think of this job, because part of me feels really excited about the opportunity, but I just don't know what to think?

Asked By: Becky - 11/3/2011
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Is there any room for advancement? Like Alfonse said you need to sit down and write all the pros and cons of the job. If you really enjoy smoking this might be a good job for you where you can chain smoke. Also you can probably go bare legged because you will be sitting at a desk all day and nobody will see your legs.
Answered By: KS - 11/3/2011
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Think about it this way, five years from now you can either have five years experience selling cell phones or have five years of doing legal secetary work. Which do you think would look better on your resume?
Answered By: Michael T - 11/3/2011
I would stay where I am at now until you find something that offers better. You primary goal is to get a job that pays benefits because as you get older you are going to need that.
Answered By: Reginald - 11/3/2011
This job has many pros and cons. Write all of these down and then detail each pro and con out with as much writing as you feel necessary to write out. Write these out like you have with this description. In the process of writing this out, you will see for yourself which items are more important to you and which pros... More
Answered By: Alfonse - 11/3/2011
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