I was hired as an Administrative Assistant on a contract-to-hire basis for a small law office. I was thinking it would be a nice, stable job without too much drama. However, the pay was low, and there weren’t any benefits.
On my first day on the job, I notice there’s no one working in the office to support the lawyers besides me and the previous Admin would be training me.
Seemed a bit odd.
I am given an introduction to the job by the lawyer.
Lawyer: Ok, this is going to take a lot of training. We’re having a hard time keeping someone in this position.
Me: I see. Well, hopefully, this will be an easy onboarding experience.
Lawyer: We need you to provide paralegal support to us three lawyers. In addition, you will need to be the receptionist, and you will need to be in charge of all the billing and accounting procedures.
I am starting to feel a bit overwhelmed.
After the first week there, I discovered why they have such a hard time keeping someone in that position. The workload was way more than one person could complete in a reasonable work week. I was asked to work on the weekend to complete the billing & accounting paperwork.
Previous Admin: This job is so abusive. You will get used to it though. Just remember there are better days to come, and you’ll find a better job.
Me: This is quite a statement for the first week.
Previous Admin: Just don’t mess this up like I did in my first months. The whole office almost got in big trouble for serious accounting errors and it was hard to keep track of all the details. Their computer systems are very outdated. You’ll learn from these huge binders of instructions I’m leaving you. In a few days, you’ll be on your own.
I decided the job wasn’t for me after all.