What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Legal Secretary in Houston:
"Presentation, Presentation, Presentation."
If the final document you present to your client doesn't look good, it is a direct reflection on YOU.
If the final document you present on behalf of your client doesn't look good, it doesn't get read - no matter how well-written it is. Imagine, if you will, that your client, along with multiple other developers, is placing a bid document out to investors for their review and ultimate purchase. If your document, as compared to documents provided by the other developers, is not eye-pleasing, your client immediately loses any advantage it may have had.
Always keep in mind that your client is depending on you to make a great impression on his behalf.
Legal Secretary in New York:
Besides doing all the usual duties, i also tried to solve computer technical issues and trained others; learned many computer skills and filing procedures, etc., on my own and pass them along to the others. I was always calm and patient and I always volunteer for overtime whenever necessary