What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Legal Secretary in Washington:
"The firm's financial stability, profits and losses."
Any candidate should be proactive, very confident in their skills and have the ability to implement them assertively. The new legal secretary should be up front and honest at the interview as to what they have to offer this firm and what they would like to receive in return. Understanding the unique individual personalities of the attorneys and having the ability to work with them is paramount.
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