Corporate Paralegal 

(Female, Age 36) from bethesda, MD

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At a Glance

Current Job

Basic data on your current job

Job Title Corporate Paralegal
Salary $69,000
Other Compensation None Set
Hours/Week 40
Company Size (not answered)
Location bethesda, MD
Years Experience 1 year

Career Ratings

Opinions on your CAREER overall (i.e. not just your current job)

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.
Real estate development company.

Describe your job role and responsibilities.
Compliance and corporate housekeeping for parent and subsids; litigation; contracts and leases; asset management; insurance.

Please list an additional benefits (beyond compensation) that you receive.
401, health, flex

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, I love working with the people in my 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.
Office. Traffic can be a little much. Other than that I lover where I work.

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: 7
Hours: 6
Co-Workers: 1
Supervisors: 2
Job Title: 8
Level of Responsibility: 5
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 Sleeping/getting ready for work.
8am to 9am Drop off son at daycare, drive to work.
9am to 10am Arrive at work, get coffee, read over emails and phone messages. Begin to gather documents that will be recorded at the Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro. Meet with collegue regarding land records to be filed. Contact Dept. of Finance to ensure recording is possible.
10am to 11am Travel from Bethesda, MD to Upper Marlboro, MD to record No Consideration Deed and meet with Prince George’s Dept. of Finance regarding real estate taxes.
11am to 12pm Meet with Prince George’s Dept. of Finance regarding real estate taxes, pay taxes and record No Consideration Deed with Circuit Court.
12pm to 1pm Travel back to the office from Upper Marlboro, MD.
1pm to 2pm Meet with collegue regarding No Consideration Deed. Meet with accounting regarding real estate taxes. Update real estate lot spreadsheet to reflect taxes.
2pm to 3pm Meet with General Counsel to discuss update sale of building, begin working on insurance renewal information for company insurance. Call with collegue regarding car rental policies. Begin research of land parcels that need to be conveyed to HOA. Meet with engineer regarding same.
3pm to 4pm Continue working on HOA parcel research and begin to draft deed to convey property to HOA.
4pm to 5pm Telephone call with insurance broker regarding insurance renewal. Meet with AVP to discuss asset information. Meet with HR regarding workers compensation issues. Call with General Counsel to update on pending litigation.
5pm to 6pm Call to out-side counsel re update on pending litigation and review lititgation files.
6pm to 7pm Gone for the day
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?

What was the application process?
Resume and then interviews.

Did you have to interview for your current job? If yes, what did the interview process entail?
Yes, I went through two rounds of interviews.

If you can remember, what questions were you asked during the interview?
Mostly about personality. I was more the qualified for the position, they were looking for the right person to fit the company.

Do you feel your employer properly prepared you for your job? Explain.

Was there training for your current position? If yes, what did it entail?
Yes, I was under attorney supervision for 15 years.

Do you feel your educational background prepared you for your job? Explain.
Yes and no. I’m currently in school again for my undergraduate for legal studies.

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?
First, you will need to work with attorneys, maybe in a law firm setting. After you have gone through the firm setting, then make the transition into a company. I have chosen small companies to work for. It may be less money, but you get more out of your work day.

What skills do you think a person should have if they want to pursue a position like yours?
Versitilaty, must have good social skills and not be afraid to ask questions. Must be able to work with high level executives as well as administrative staff. Organization and a good memory is also a plus.

Do you feel that you need a certain level of education or training to be successful in your job?
Yes, but one or the other. On the job training for a paralegal is by supervising attorneys, so if you work for a good attorney, you skill level will match, or exceed those who have gone to school.

What advice would you give to someone who was about to start work in your position/ line of work?
LISTEN! It is so important to listen, take direction and follow instructions.

Long-term career plans

Is your current employment part of your overall career plan? Why or why not?
I hope so. I’m hoping to be the Assistant Corporate Secretary and AVP.

What are your current career goals?
Assistant Corporate Secretary of AVP.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your career?

Prior work history

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

Title Length Salary Description
Prior Job 1 Paralegal/EA 6 months 70000 Attorney (no general counsel), leases, contracts, negotiations of contracts, trade show coordinator
Prior Job 2 Corporate Specialist 2 years 70000 Corporate housekeeping and securities work.

Educational background

Please list your educational background:

High School GPA:3.5

GPA School Degree
College (Undergraduate)
or Technical/Vocational
University of MD Legal Studies
Graduate or Professional
(Masters or Doctorate)

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