I'm looking to become a secretary / receptionist. And I was just wondering what I have to do to become a secretary. What qualifications do I need? I was thinking I would need to take classes/ courses on microsoft word/ excel. How much experience did you have when you started your job? Where was your first secretary job at? Basically, just any information you think might help will be greatly appreciated! :)
I'll be graduating in May, I started looking for jobs after I finished all the paralegal law classes, and every time the say experience required.
I really want to start working with a law firm. I don't care how small I just want to get the experience.
what should I do to get a job with one ?
I recently have been hired to work as a secretary/receptionist at a chiropractor's office, and in the beginning of employment he told me i would be applying/filing for insurance claims... this was a bonus to the job, yet he hired another person to come in and do that specific responsibility and I am nervous to approach him about it...Do i just let it slide and not think about it or actually approach my new boss with the question........(im still in my training period)
Do i need any experience as being a secretary/ receptionist etc, If so how easy is it to get experience
My school is encouraging us to plan out careers and things and i know i really want to work in the legal field so what are some jobs in the legal field?
I am going to school to get my AAS in Paralegal Studies. I worked at a law office as a Legal Secretary/Receptionist for a year and a half. I drafted estate planning documents, drafted/filed documents for incorporating businesses, drafted letters and correspondence, ran errands, filed papers with the court, etc. I am not sure if what i did would be considered more legal secretary or receptionist type duties. I am worried that after I get my degree, I wont have enough job experience to get hired. I have heard that even with a certificate/degree, it may be hard for a Paralegal to get hired without the actual experience. I know I have SOME experience, so I am wondering what my chances will be once I have the degree? Any Paralegals out there willing to give me some advice? Do you have a degree or experience? I recently got turned down a legal secretary job because another applicant had more experience, but i was told that I was a close 2nd and "almost" got the job. Any advice?
I'm an English student at university but I feel like I've had a change of heart and want to go more down the law route? Will my English degree still help? I think I want to become a paralegal but what do I need to do would I need to study Law at A level then do another degree because I don't think student finance would fund two degrees... or what courses would I need to take?
Okay here's the situation I'm currently working as a police dispatcher and I absolutely hate it. I've been with this employer for about 6 months, my hours suck (3pm to 11pm) there is constantly mandatory overtime, and I rarely get to see my new husband because we work totally different hours
So one day I work I was looking to try to get into a new career and I ran across a ABA Paralegal school. So I decided to enroll in the program and jump start my new career.
The only problem is my work schedule if I stayed at my current employer I would have to get up around 7am, be to class by 9:30am (it's about 30 min drive but when you add in morning traffic it's about an 1 drive) get out of class at 12:30pm rush back home, change into my uniform drive to work & then work 3pm to 11pm and hope no one calls out for the next shift. I would be doing this 5 days a week, there' s no way I would be able to keep on top of my class work
So I had start sending out my resume to different law firm trying to get an entry level position as a legal secretary/receptionist. My school suggested this upscale temp agency that places many of their graduates in law firms as paralegal. Even though I won't graduate until next year, I decide what the heck the most the temp agency can say is "No, you don't have the qualifications we are looking for".
But to my supraise the President of the temp agency wanted me to come in for an interview today, so I went & she took a liking to me for whatever reason. So she does have job available for me as a entry level receptionist (temp to perm) in a law firm, I'll be making a little less money than what I am now, but I kind of figured that because I have no formal experience in the legal filed (just law enforcement) the law firm is pretty big & after graduation providing they hire me , they then will hire me as a full time paralegal starting salary 55k a year. Oh yeah one little thing the job is in NYC and I'm from Jersey so I would have to take the train & subway to work each day. I know a lot of people do it, but believe it or not I have never been on a NYC subway.
What should I do? I mean I kind of know what I going to doing (leave my current job) but how are temp agencies? I know they all have different reputations but in general are they pretty good? When they say temp to perm do they usually hire you or let you go?
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?
OK lets get real, my husband is a solicitor in England and we are struggling to survive, with the legal aid fee of £45 an hour we can't survive.
Sounds good but no, One fee coming in and 4 wages coming out of it. Hubbies, secretary, receptionist, book keeper.
How on earth can the solicitors survive on £45 an hour, now that more and more people are entitled to legal aid due to losing their jobs in recession. Lots of solicitors are pulling out of legal aid and it's the poor people that lose out when they can't find a solicitor to help them locally.
The way it's going we will be on benefits ourselves and needing assistance. My husband doesn't know how to do anything else but be a solicitor. By keeping the legal aid fee at £45 solicitors are turning away the poor, when will the legal aid commission get with the real world and put up the hourly rate
How do I know if this is right for me?
I am a college student and will be applying to law school next year. What jobs (titles) can I go into in the meantime where I would make decent amount of money. I have alot of bills and tuition to pay and the cost of living is not cheap. I know of becoming a dominatrix but that's about it. I won't do anything online or having to do with sex. Any job titles you know of?
I live in New York.
Btw I am already interning at a law firm but they only pay me a stipend. I need another LEGAL side job.
Somebody wrote about this job:
OOps, I didn't mean to convey that listening to podcasts is my job. I work for a law firm, pretty much doing paperwork all day, and I can listen to whatever I want while doing my work.
The work isn't demanding or stressful at all, and I can do a lot of it on autopilot, so I have my mind free to listen to podcasts, think of crazy ideas, check out the StevePavlina forums, etc. I have a couple of degrees, and this job doesn't really utilize them, but the pay is decent and the firm treats everyone well. This branch of law if recession proof.
Really, I don't have much to complain about, but this is the type of job where I could be a lifer if I'm not ambitious enough to get my own thing off the ground.
**so my question is, what is the job title of this job?
There's a guy who seems to have a true, serious interest in me. I wouldn't mind trying things out with him since he's not bad looking and seems very nice. Sounds pretty good right? Well, not exactly. See, I don't have a job or source of income. Now for the REALLY embarrassing part - my parents give me an "allowance" of $20.00 a week for helping out/cleaning the house and stuff. It's nice, but these days $20.00 a week isn't much of anything and at age 21, that's just pathetic and embarrassing to be "relying" on your parents... isn't it? I'd feel bad/guilty if a guy I was with had to pay for everything everytime we went out. Or even more embarrassing, I had to "pay" using my parents' money. That's sounds way teenager, doesn't it? I'd want to at least have MY money to offer to pay. Then if he insisted, that'd be different. I'd feel like a bum if he had an income and I didn't.
Plus, I don't have a car. I've actually never drove period because I'll admit I have a slight driving phobia. It's not driving in general, there's only about 3 things about it that scares me/makes me nervous.
I think this guy is for real and he actually does show an actual interest in me. Other people I tell the story to agree with that. But I don't want to scare him off and make him think I'm a complete loser for not having a income, car or license. I know for a fact that he has an income/job.
What is you advice for this? Yes, I plan to be honest with any guy. If this guy would keep talking and ask me out, I'd go with it and I would tell him about me not having an income and I'd explain exactly what the 3 things are that I'm kind of "scared" of when it comes to driving.
Thanks ahead of time. I really appreciate any advice/input I get.
Do you think this would be a huge turnoff for guys? Or would they be willing to accept this and still want to be with me?
There's another thing too. This is something I had no control over, but is very embarrassing and makes me feel bad. I have 5 silver fillings (2 on the lower left side in the back and 3 on the lower right in the back). They aren't noticeable when I smile, but I find them disgusting and ugly. I'd be afraid a guy would think it's because I didn't take care of myself properly. Truthfully, it's because my parents never took me to the dentist as a kid. My first ever trip was when I was 17 and a half. I knew I had at least 2 cavities and I'd mention them a lot, but my dad always made an excuse to put it off. Once I finally got to the dentist, a lot of damage was done obviously. I'm glad it was just fillings I needed, but I wish so much that they weren't noticeable :(
I know he works, and I'm pretty certain he drives. Another embarrassment for me is the fact that someone who works with my mom doesn't drive and is close to my age. He just has someone take him. That makes me feel even worse about not having a job or some form of income. This guy seems real though. He broke the ice and talked to me last week and even though it was our first actual conversation, he was open with me and disclosed some pretty personal info with me.
I would like to go to school (I have a few options actually), but I'm unable to pay for it right now. Plus, I don't technically have a diploma. Why? I was homeschooled for high school and they have been terrible and won't hand it over even though the schooling is paid for and my work has been completed. The guy knows I was homeschooled. I told him while we chatted.
I have tried for several years to get into doing legal sec work (I temp now as a medical secretary). The benefits in legal work are exceptional, but each time I have the typing speed tests at agencies, I fail them, as I get so nervous and when I'm nervous, naturally, I make mistakes. I'm not good under pressure/when I'm timed like that. I really resent these agencies, as most are very dismissive and couldn't-care-less. The consultant at the agency said she'd forward me some practice typing tests for me to do y'day p.m in an email., but didn't keep her word. She also said due to my lengthy temping (which, due to personal circumstances I've had to do over the past 10 years), said it would be difficult to sell myself with that history! Everything was negative at this agency. She also kept looking at her watch. I'd now like to start writing to law firms asking if they'd consider my CV for legal sec work. What do I put in a covering letter, please? Many thanks
In your opinion, what is the difference between a secretary who qualified with a Private Secretarial Diploma (or any RSA qualification) in the 1970s and now?
Do secretaries (or PAs or Executive Assistants) still take shorthand dictation from their boss/es? Is shorthand still taught in secretarial college (if these still exist)? Does the "Secretary" still exist? Or has it been amalgamated? If you are in this field, what do you call yourself?
I was just wondering ... I qualified in 1973 and still work as a PA but the job has changed so much I think ...do you agree?
I suppose that now many people can type of sorts due to the popularity of the PC. I had to learn using a "sit up and beg" manual typewriter with no letters on the keys - it was called touch typing!!!