Legal Secretary 

(Female, Age 60) from Bolingbrook, IL

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Legal Secretary
Salary $55,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 35
Company Size (not answered)
Location Bolingbrook, IL
Years Experience 15 years

Career Ratings

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Years in Career 0
Education (not answered)
Income Rating 0 / 10
Interest Rating 0 / 10
Work-Life Rating 0 / 10
Fulfilment Rating 0 / 10

Current job Q&A

Describe the type of organization you work for.
Provides legal services to business

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Preparing legal documents, travel arrangements, billing, filing.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
Insurance, vacation, personal/sick days

Do you feel you are under/over or well/fairly compensated at your current position?

Does your job entail you working with others on a daily basis? Is this something you like/dislike about your job? Please explain.
Yes, three other secretaries, office administrator and the attorneys in the office

Do you work collaboratively with supervisors/managers?

Do you work collaboratively with your co-workers?

Describe your work location (e.g., office, home, theatre, in the field) and what you like/dislike about working in it.

Please rate each of the following aspects of your current job on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest/best):
Income: 3
Benefits: 1
Hours: 2
Co-Workers: 6
Supervisors: 5
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 7
The Actual Work: 4

A day in the life of…

Please describe a typical workday for you in your current job:

5am to 6am
6am to 7am
7am to 8am Commuted to work, part way.
8am to 9am Between these hours I was still on my way to work.
9am to 10am Arrived at the office at 9:00 a.m., researched airline travel schedules on different airlines for one of my bosses. Had one telephone call to a court reporter to confirm up a deposition for today. Registered visitors for the day through our building’s online security system.
10am to 11am Made photocopies of a stack of documents. Tried to troubleshoot a laptop that stopped working. Finally determined it was the power cord. Telephone call to physician’s office regarding obtaining bills for a client.
11am to 12pm Made more photocopies for a deposition taking place today.
12pm to 1pm Had switchboard duty. Got lunch for a partner.
1pm to 2pm Lunch
2pm to 3pm Pulled up documents from our document management system for filing. Filing. PUt together a pleading index.
3pm to 4pm Continued working on pleading index, watered plants in the office.
4pm to 5pm Made airline and car reservations online through United and Hertz. Telephone call to court reporter’s office to get name of court reporter for deposition tomorrow. Authorized tomorrows visitors through on line registration system for building. Cleaned my desk, took apart my “mouse” and cleaned it. Telephone call with a boss that is out of town regarding case up for conference that he is going to miss. Transferred him to another attorney to handle.
5pm to 6pm Left for day and went home.
6pm to 7pm
7pm to 8pm
8pm to 9pm
9pm to 10pm
10pm to 11pm
11pm to 12am

Table of Contents

How you got your job

How did you get your current job?
Through an employment agency.

What was the application process?
Submitted a resume and they sent me on the interview without even testing me.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
I interviewed twice, once with the office administrator and once with a partner. I did not take any additional tests. I did not want the job but when it was offered to me I took because the market was bad. I’m still trying to get out.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Can’t remember

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.
There is no real preparation needed.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Just good office/technical skills were required.

If applicable, do you feel your internship experience helped you prepare for your job?

If someone wanted to go about getting a job similar to yours, what would you recommend for him or her to do?
Make sure your word processing skills are outstanding.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Good word processing skills, organizational skills, skills in Excel and PowerPoint helpful also.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
Not to do it! Find another field. Law offices are not a nice place to work.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
No. I would never do this again.

What are your current career goals?
I have no further career goals since I will retire in about six years.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?
Don’t go into law!

Prior work history

Please list your most recent jobs prior to this current job:

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Marketing Coordinator 3 years 48000 Coordinated marketing efforts for this law firm. Did press releases, newsletters, web site updates.
Prior Job 2 Marketing Assistant 4 years 47000 Worked in the marketing dept. of an international law firm. Did press releases, graphic work, newsletters, database entries.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.-

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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