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Are jobs in this industry on the rise? Are there any sub-sectors that are growing?

Where are the jobs? Which places have the most litigation paralegal opportunities?

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

70 months ago

Host said: Are jobs in this industry on the rise? Are there any sub-sectors that are growing?

Where are the jobs? Which places have the most litigation paralegal opportunities?

The paralegal market is oversaturated. It is not the high growth job it used to be. As always, law firms employ the bulk of paralegals, then corporation. then governmnt. IP law (intellectual property) (ideas of the mind) pay. the most.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

69 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: .

I worked in PI litigation and WC for nearly seven years. Take it from me, one needs an iron constitution, titanium nerves, stainless-steel skin and a golden personality to survive in litigation. I would not recommend litigation to anyone who wants to be a paralegal.

Seriously- To keep one of my jobs, I would have to become a perscription pill junkie. The stress bacame that bad. MAybe not a bad idea - pop pills for 2 years, then get a better job.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

69 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: Oh, I know! ....which may still be stressful and need more pills. But company-provided healthcare may cover rehab!

lol, work the job- become a junkie - then make law firm health plan pay for rehab.

You have no idea how many female employees are on perscription stress pills to handle the stress. It is the new wave of job survival.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

69 months ago

kmm in Wilmington, Delaware said: Seriously- To keep one of my jobs, I would have to become a perscription pill junkie. The stress bacame that bad. MAybe not a bad idea - pop pills for 2 years, then get a better job.

That whole situation is very distressful to me- Because I know what happened, I do not blame myself. There was nothing I could do about it (minus becoming a junkie). FOr these type of bosses, the diffidult boss, they recommend trying to talk to the boss. However, they do add the caveat: be prepared to have your walking papers handed to you.

DLP - Can you imagine trying to talk to your boss about slowing down your hours ?? Or any type of dicussion on the workload?

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

69 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: Oh, I know! ....which may still be stressful and need more pills. But company-provided healthcare may cover rehab!

that job really makes me sick. The attorney had in place an excellent paralegal for this job. After 3 months - I could run my shop hands down. Interestingly enough - when I was hired I was told I would be running my own shop. That does not line up with micromanging me to death. Gosh he was a bad pickel. Yeah - pickel is code for something else .

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

69 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: HAH! Not hardly whatsoever. That discussion would have lasted about forty-five seconds.

LOL, LOL- And that is the truth.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

69 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: ........

Ligation is very tough. ......
I worked in PI litigation and WC for nearly seven years. Take it from me, one needs an iron constitution, titanium nerves, stainless-steel skin and a golden personality to survive in litigation. I would not recommend litigation to anyone who wants to be a paralegal.

And do not forget to bring a the essential "brown paper bag," for when you hyperventilate from stress. Just grab the bag, pull it over you nose and mouth and breath.

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Bruin30 in Lowell, Massachusetts

68 months ago

As a career paralegal, I can honestly say that the stress is what you make it. Here are a few of the ground rules for finding a good job or being a good paralegal (depending on your drive and/or level of experience):

1) Paralegals can either be simply "gophers" ("Gopher this!" "Now gopher that!") or they can contribute fully to the tasks and clients' wellbeings. Usually, this varies from firm to firm, and occasionally it varies from attorney to attorney. Find out through all available research, including networking, which type of attitude your manager will have about assists from a non-JD. Then determine whether you can work in that environment.

2) Yes, there's undoubtably stress. If the stress level is getting you to seek prescription or recreational substances, then this profession might not be for you. The stress you feel should be about double on the attorney, because as one attorney told me once, "In Law Firms, [stuff] rolls uphill." If the paralegal(s) make mistakes, the Attorney can be fired or disbarred for the gaffs. Again, communication, research and a feel for interpersoanl communication are the key. The Attorney(s) need to know that whatever they're feeling, you're feeling too. If, when they show their stress, it sometimes help if you're able to show yours a little. If they are rocks, then it may help if you're one too. Seldom is the time when the attorney is a ball of nerves, and needs you to be his/her "rock," and NEVER have I seen a time when the attorney's made of steel, and wants to spend more of his/her waking hours picking you up off the floor. Again, choose your firm and manager wisely.

Next post, I'll get to the question above.

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Bruin30 in Lowell, Massachusetts

68 months ago

Next post, I'll get to the question above.

On that note, back to the question at hand: "choosing" your attorney is getting harder and harder, considering the economy. I am not surprised that our market is more saturated now, but I am surprised at the firms, mine included, who are retaining all their attorneys and dropping their experienced Paralegals, who usually have double the experience at half the pay as the attorney-in-question. The Department of Labor (for what they're worth) still count us in the top-need and top-growing occupations. Could they be THAT wrong, or is the market simply masking the need right now?

In the Boston area, good Paralegals are always in demand, but we're over-saturated with lawyers, and that's the difference. I'm sure it's the same in most of the big cities. I usually commute to Boston (1.5 hours, at least, each way) to work. For the suburbs and rural areas, and even in the minor cities like my hometown of Lowell, ALL legal jobs are scarcer and scarcer.

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Bruin30 in Lowell, Massachusetts

68 months ago

Come on. Attorneys don't care about you. Attorneys don't give a good goddam whether you are stressed. They only want the work done. My experience, from more than eleven years in law across litigation, WC, estate planning, probate and elder law, is if you let on you're stressed attorneys use it as an opportunity to heap more stress-abuse on you.

Practically speaking, I agree with you 100%. However, sometimes making it through the day is all about appearances. If they perceive that you're with them, they'll tend to take care of you, however minimally, whether they actually give a good goddam or not.

Attorneys are trained arguers & politicians. The political game and sometimes even the narcissism are ingrained. Try to remember remember that it's all about THEIR perception, not ours. "What's in it for me/my client" is any lawyer's motto--and that doesn't stop upon leaving the courtroom.

I agree with you about communication. But it's difficult or impossible if the individual is underlying belligerent and aloof, and if you and that individual have little in common outside of the office.

Yup: Time to look for a new job. Belligerent & aloof is a BAD combination. Again, I think it's the economy that's holding many of us in bad sitautions.

Based on nearly fifteen years, on and off, of watching ads and, off and on, for looking for jobs, Denver has had few paralegal openings. Competition is keen for these jobs because of the large number of good, experienced paralegals and entry paralegals seeking them.

I'm assuming for a moment that your belligerent & aloof supervisor has impeded you from being able to seek, join, and thereby use a decent network-- like a "Denver Bar Association Paralegal Committee" or a "Greater Denver Litigation Paralegal" group? I'm making those up, of course, but is there something-- anything-- of the like, and if so, then would you be prevented from joining because of your supervisor's attitude toward you and your role?

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Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida

68 months ago

Attorneys are trained arguers & politicians. The political game and sometimes even the narcissism are ingrained.

Meaning - if you're working for an attorney who doesn't like you, then don't plan on being there very long.

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

I did litigation in Manhattan and tried to get away from it.I wanted to and attempted to get into firms that did either real estate law, intellectual prop, or estate planning/trusts. It was totally impossible to find jobs in those areas in late 90s and on - unless you have a friend,relative or significant other in those areas.Isn't that nepotism in a way? So what does that mean - I should have found an lawyer boyfriend in areas to further my career? That's kind of sad.My days were just like yours - also long, money and treatment was crappy.Amazing health insurance, pension, benefits, etc. None of that pays the rent or bills so it was useless.I was so miserable I tried to change employers and each new one seemed to be worse than the previous one or just worse "in a different way". There were litigation para or secretary jobs galore compared to the other areas.Paras seemed happier in non-litigation areas.

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida said: Attorneys are trained arguers & politicians. The political game and sometimes even the narcissism are ingrained.

Meaning - if you're working for an attorney who doesn't like you, then don't plan on being there very long.

Litigation attorneys in particular bring that confrontational attitude with them outside of the courtroom.It was my observation that yes, the narcissism and hostility are totally ingrained.No matter how good you work, it's never enough.Implacable personality psychosis.I guess based on that, nobody liked me enough to keep me very long.If great work, dedication and a good attitude are not enough for the boss to like you - then what are you supposed to do - bed the guy? Granted I know a select (and hardy)few were doing that where I temped.What happens when he grows tired of her or they break up? Does she get that great reference? What does he tell the next guy calling him? How is that different from the streetwalker? I thought we were past that politically in the workplace.I suspect in some places this still goes on..based on talk I overheard as a temp.You hear a lot like that.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: For one thing, I never had time for paralegal associations. I typically worked a 7 a.m. or earlier to 5 p.m. and sometimes later workday. I took off very little time for lunch. Law and paralegal stress were the last things I would want to think about or discuss after a long and stressful day.

Man - really - you got used, big time. Even billalbe hour paralegals in the BIG firms do not work those hours.

Of course the attorney does not care if paralegal stressed. Correct- Not their problem. They just want the work done. Absolutely true.

Yeah , yeah- I get the "it's all about how you react to the stress"
Depends upon the personal circumstances - if circumstances are not good- you are limited in abilities to deal wiath stress. ANd that is how the cookie crumbles.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Bruin30 in Lowell, Massachusetts said: As a career paralegal, I can honestly say that the stress is what you make it....... Find out through all available research, including networking, which type of attitude your manager will have about assists from a non-JD. Then determine whether you can work in that environment... Stress... and NEVER have I seen a time when the attorney's made of steel, and wants to spend more of his/her waking hours picking you up off the floor. Again, choose your firm and manager wisely.

And then their is the stress level that broke the camel's back.
Every place is different, as every boss is different. Point- The attorneys will push and push to get more work out of you. And if that is an every day thing- it is a "workhorse" farm.

Choose your firm and manager wisely - and research the firm and attorneys through networking,etc- Are you sure you are a seasoned paralegal or just someone who reads articles????

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Bruin30 in Lowell, Massachusetts said: As a career paralegal, .. ....
1) Paralegals can either be simply "gophers" ("Gopher this!" "Now gopher that!") or they can contribute fully to the tasks and clients' wellbeings.... ...

Paralegal "gopher" - Where do you come up with this. Yeah- their are different types of paralegal jobs, which have all sorts of different duties to be performed. SOme substantial, some less.

I still think you read articles. Wht areas of law do you work in?

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

kmm in Wilmington, Delaware said: Paralegal "gopher" - Where do you come up with this. Yeah- their are different types of paralegal jobs, which have all sorts of different duties to be performed. SOme substantial, some less.

I still think you read articles. Wht areas of law do you work in?

"gopher"- sounds like the secretary.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

kmm in Wilmington, Delaware said: "gopher"- sounds like the secretary.

But then again- yeah . I can see how some paralegal job descriptions would akin to the "gopher" anology.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Getting through the day is sometimes about appearances. That is funny.

Yeah, sure - more like the physical appearance of documents being produced- appearance of x number of billable hours.

DLP- I guess that is where the Paralegal Magic skills come in handy.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida said: Attorneys are trained arguers & politicians.

Absolutely true. How else can they "argue" a case.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Grant013 in New York, New York said:

No matter how good you work, it's never enough.Implacable personality psychosis.I guess based on that, nobody liked me enough to keep me very long.If great work, dedication and a good attitude are not enough for the boss to like you - then what are you supposed to do ...

I hear you Gant NY, NY. As to your comment, "nobody liked me enough to keep me very long" - Are you referring to permanent position or temp assignments?

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Grant013 in New York, New York said:

I did litigation in Manhattan and tried to get away from it.I wanted to and attempted to get into firms that did either real estate law, intellectual prop, or estate planning/trusts. ..It was totally impossible...I was so miserable I tried to change employers and each new one seemed to be worse than the previous one or just worse "in a different way". ....

Geez- I had similar things going on with me when I was a working paralegal in litigtion- very uncanny. I changed employers, a lot.
My Paralegal career of 10 years never panned out. I just "failed to launch" ha.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: Cindy, can you come over to this thread a moment and comment on Widener?

Thanks.

www.indeed.com/forum/job/paralegal/Paralegal-questions/t95206

Cool- I put my comments in. Thanks.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

kmm in Wilmington, Delaware said: And then their is the stress level that broke the camel's back.
Every place is different, as every boss is different. Point- The attorneys will push and push to get more work out of you. And if that is an every day thing- it is a "workhorse" farm.....

Really- I should have been able to deal with my last job better-only 9-5. Unfortunately, at that time I was lacking necessary tools in my shed to cope. Moreover - I feared getting fired if I slowed down and just worked a normal, productive pace. When I did one week, he was in my office - need more work [slave] [And then he cracked his whip] -

And then came the fear that if I did not keep up with this insane pace- I would be called in and terminated.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: Correction: I also missed class the day David Copperfield lectured.

My last attorney complained I never learned how to read his mind. As I wrote, above, I missed Carnac's lecture and CLE.

Yeah - David Copperfield.
Unfortuantley, he was not a guest lecturer at my school.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: Copperfield should lecture at every paralegal school!

Yuri Geller, the guy who could bend spoons with his mind, would be good too.

I like to learn out to pull documents out of my buttocks.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

kmm in Wilmington, Delaware said: I like to learn out to pull documents out of my buttocks.

CORRECTION: learn how to pull documents out of my buttock

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

kmm in Wilmington, Delaware said: I hear you Gant NY, NY. As to your comment, "nobody liked me enough to keep me very long" - Are you referring to permanent position or temp assignments?

permanent. in the temp jobs they always wanted to make me perm but I was the one who chose not to work there, based on what I observed in the workplace.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Grant013 in New York, New York said: permanent. in the temp jobs they always wanted to make me perm but I was the one who chose not to work there, based on what I observed in the workplace.

Wow- seems there are a lot of similarities in our Paralegal career.

"nobody liked me enough to keep me very long" Are you referring to terminations, not related to incompetence? I had lots of experience in terminations myself.

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

Obviously terminations not related to incompetence. It's all water under the bridge - that was a lifetime ago.Here's a funny story:One temp to perm job was at a fortune 500 top 10 Manhattan law firm.People were dying to work there as paralegals.I was hired for - of course the temp agency never told me - for an insane chairman of real estate.I was this "classic manic bi-polar with major anger issues" man's personal assistant,gopher, and verbal abuse "whipping girl". I was told he was my first priority.Do whatever Herb wants I was told.He was the "god" in that firm, the rain maker.3 months of his potty mouth, screaming and erratic temper tantrums and I knew I was ready to jump off a building.I could not sleep, eat, was a nervous wreck.the money was crap too.Where's the guy on this board who said "It's how you handle the stress" - I'd like to see him try to handle that every day. This Satan of real estate dept dropped dead of heart attack year after I quit.All of Manhattan was talking.Not too many people shed tears for a man who was once sued by a male para whom he hit.Fortune 500? Large firm? You couldn't pay me enough today to work for any of them.They are like the current Wall Street and Sub-prime mortgage situation: rainmakers have unlimited power.

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

The higher they climb the harder they fall.I feel no sympathy whatsoever for any of these fortune 500 lawyers - especially in litigation and real estate.If one of them asked me for a dollar on the street because he became rightfully and justifiably homeless after losing HIS job or pulling something similar to Madoff - I would laugh in that lawyer's face.I would remind him of how he treated me when I was his paralegal.That's karma.

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Mary in Tampa, Florida

68 months ago

kmm in Wilmington, Delaware said: CORRECTION: learn how to pull documents out of my buttock

That's EASY. Client documents, something you know is really important, make several copies and keep them in a folder at your desk; or put in several differen parts of the file; also make a subfile for something, along with putting where it goes. If it' a pleading, have several copies indexed immediately; pre-trial stuff, scan it and attach it to an Outlook entry.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Mary in Tampa, Florida said: That's EASY. Client documents, something you know is really important, make several copies and keep them in a folder at your desk; or put in several differen parts of the file; also make a subfile for something, along with putting where it goes. If it' a pleading, have several copies indexed immediately; pre-trial stuff, scan it and attach it to an Outlook entry.

Actually , I was referring to the magic tallent of pulling them out of buttock when whip cracked for more work. i.e. magical production

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Perception of doing work:

Sure, just keep documents spread all over your desk and be at the computer- it appears that you are working.

Problem: (1)where are the documents, (2) where are the billable hours required to meet.

YOu cannot to set up a perception of doing work. Not in a law firm. YOu are either producing enough to satisfy firm's needs or you are not.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Grant013 in New York, New York said: Obviously terminations not related to incompetence. ..... for an insane chairman of real estate.....I was told he was my first priority.Do whatever Herb wants I was told.He was the "god" in that firm......knew I was ready to jump off a building.I could not sleep, eat, was a nervous wreck....

My point being- (1) Herb, was insane. (2)Morover- "some" attorneys are just one step away from falling apart. And those are the ones that lay it on the paralegals. There type of stress.....beyond what they cause you...and it is not becasue we are females.

It is stress that cannot be managed for long lengths of time.

DLP- more Snaps.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Point - if you say, I'm working on it- are they going to lose it.
THrow an anxiety freak out. OH- I have seen that one. Yeah, they are such rocks, so together- push their buttons and they attact in anxiety craziness, ususally yelling- like they are insane.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Yeah - Briun,in Lowell- answer to that.

YOu work in Lowell - a satellite of the big firms???

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mary in Tampa, Florida

68 months ago

I used to mumble something to Frank. Then say, "You're hearing things again, Frank."

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

mary in Tampa, Florida said: I used to mumble something to Frank. Then say, "You're hearing things again, Frank."

insane boss

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Grant013 in New York, New York said:

I was so miserable I tried to change employers and each new one seemed to be worse than the previous one or just worse "in a different way". There were litigation para or secretary jobs galore compared to the other areas.Paras seemed happier in non-litigation areas.

How long did you last at a direct hire Paralegal job? Curious.

All the other paralegls, except me, were able to keep their jobs, hold onto them, not job hopping away.

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

One year was the most I lasted. Usually it was under one year.Other paralegals? They might have kids to support, a lot of student loans, or other issues why they don't job hop.They might have no other skills or education that would enable them to "job hop." They might have kids' college fund or mortgage to pay.God only knows why people tolerate abusive situations.Job hopping isn't necessary a bad thing.It shows ambition, independence and self confidence.It might also mean the paralegal profession was truly not for you - this was in my case, mostly.There are ways to explain job hopping.Hey - if they paid us better I think most of us would not job hop as much!!

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

The days of staying on one job for 10 years or more - or only a resume with 2/3 jobs ARE OVER.That was 20, 30 years ago.A lot of employers actually look down on that.They think the person's skills are outdated.

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Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida

68 months ago

The days of staying on one job for 10 years or more - or only a resume with 2/3 jobs ARE OVER.That was 20, 30 years ago.A lot of employers actually look down on that.They think the person's skills are outdated.

I tend to agree about staying at a job for too long.

I also have come to think, IF you are asked at an interview, WHY you left a job - that should almost be illegal because it's way too personal. Now that I have been legal assistant-unemployment for almost a year, I have come to see things much differently.

When asked why you left a job, either (1)the office environment at X was not something I wished to continue in; or (2) I am looking for a position to provide me to utilize my skills in a more ambitious environment.

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida said: The days of staying on one job for 10 years or more - or only a resume with 2/3 jobs ARE OVER.That was 20, 30 years ago.A lot of employers actually look down on that.They think the person's skills are outdated.

I tend to agree about staying at a job for too long.

I also have come to think, IF you are asked at an interview, WHY you left a job - that should almost be illegal because it's way too personal. Now that I have been legal assistant-unemployment for almost a year, I have come to see things much differently.

When asked why you left a job, either (1)the office environment at X was not something I wished to continue in; or (2) I am looking for a position to provide me to utilize my skills in a more ambitious environment.

Mary, I totally agree that it's way too personal.It's like the employer wants to see if you have anything negative to say about past employers.Applications ask that questions all the time.Out of the two reasons you listed as being good answers to that question: Reason (1) sounds a bit negative.Reason (2) is better but there is still a slightly negative overtone.Why not just say, "I am looking for a different fit that provides a, b and/or c? Or "my needs at the time were such...needs change.focusing on your needs vs what company provided.You never even remotely want to imply negativity.If they press the question, just repeat the same answer in a different way. :) (yes, that happened to me at interviews before.Yes, I just repeated the answer with a gracious smile but in different words.)

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Grant013 in New York, New York

68 months ago

Eventually the job hopper impresses someone enough to be hired.You can have a job hopper with a great personality, the skills and education.Then you have the stable drone with no personality, no motivation, no life in them - but all the same skills and the rest.The stable drone has no motivation to improve or go beyond the minimum required.The stable drone has no enthusiasm, is jaded and is not flexible.Who do you hire? The fabulous job hopper or the stable drone? I've never had trouble finding a job even though I am considered a job hopper.The longest job I had was for 2 years in a nonprofit.I had another job for 2 years as a personal assistant to an artist. All else on the resume was about 1 year.Does this mean I should be blacklisted forever from finding employment as a "job hopper"? I notice that larger "name companies" have issues with job hoppers.Smaller and medium non brand name businesses have no issues with them.This is in New York at least.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Mary inTampa in Tampa, Florida said:

When asked why you left a job, either (1)the office environment at X was not something I wished to continue in; or (2) I am looking for a position to provide me to utilize my skills in a more ambitious environment.

Mary- answer (1) is very good. nice comment.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said:

or it can show irresponsibility, unreliability, disloyalty and, last but not least, instability. If I were an employer, I would wonder about a candidate who presents with an unstable job history. .

Employers tend to look at job hopping, especially if under a year, as presenting an unstable job history and therefore the candidate is unstable.- harsh- but UNLESS your resume fits the job requirements so well- you will most likely be overlooked for an interview. BIG firms definitely do no like job hoppers, especially under 2 years. 2 years seems to be the acceptable length of time - to be perceived as stable employee.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Grant013 in New York, New York said: Eventually the job hopper impresses someone enough to be hired..... I've never had trouble finding a job even though I am considered a job hopper.The longest job I had was for 2 years in a nonprofit.I had another job for 2 years as a personal assistant to an artist. All else on the resume was about 1 year......

I agree that you can impress an employer at interview, even though you are a job hopper. It is often hard to get the interview.

It appears that all of your Paralegal jobs would have been 1 year or under. WOuld that be correct? That gets you in trouble with law firms- definitely the big firms. [I started out my 1st Paralegal job just shy of 2 years, after that it was 6mo or less]

ANd you lose a lot of money in between jobs. Until, I moved to Miami, I did not lose money in between jobs - However I did not move forward monetarily.

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kmm in Wilmington, Delaware

68 months ago

Displaced Legal Professional in Denver, Colorado said: ....but an unstable work history. If the person has such a great personality, then why has the person changed jobs so often. Tells me the person may be hard to get along with. Or perhaps the person interviews well but acts entirely different on the job. As an employer, I would be concerned that the person is unstable and has problems getting along with other workers........

I think they just view resume as "unstable" in general. Depends on your responses for why left, if you get into the interview and are asked. In my case, In Miami reasons: company re-structured the legal department- laid off, company unable to make payroll.. Did not reflect personality issues. FIrst Paralegal (18 mo) it was for more money and benefits. All acceptable. IF you can get a call for interview.

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