This will probably be the longest, most honest, and detailed employment ad you will ever read on online or anywhere else. We did this so that you don’t waste your time coming in for an interview for a job that you know, deep down, you are not up to performing.
We want to layout, upfront, the type of person we are looking for.
If you are up for a challenging job that is as demanding as it is rewarding, please continue reading the rest of this ad and if you are up to the challenge we look forward to seeing your resume and cover letter.
To those of you who read this entire ad and apply for the position, we thank you in advance and look forward to meeting you.
Ashby Law is a relatively new law firm. It was established in June 2012, but its senior attorneys have more than 20 years of experience each. Currently, we have five attorneys, and we have plans for further growth. At Ashby Law, we only practice family law. We help people who are at a very critical point in their lives. We give them hope for the future. We help with divorces, child custody, and child support. We help with relocations. We work with prospective parents looking to adopt. We help with domestic violence protection orders. We are pioneers in Eastern Washington in collaborative divorce. (We are the only area firm with two collaborative-trained attorneys, one of which is on the board of the Collaborative PR actioners of Washington). We do not take personal injury cases or criminal cases, nor do we do estate planning. We are focused. We take a lot of pride in our work and in our ability to make a brighter future for our clients.
We need a trained, experienced paralegal who shares our vision, who is a team player, who enjoys constant interaction with our clients, who can thrive in an environment that is growing, and who wants to help us create better futures for our clients. We really like our clients, and we are genuinely concerned with anything that concerns our clients. If you don’t like dealing with and helping people who are in sometimes stressful situations, don’t apply.
In our firm, a paralegal is responsible for setting up case files, interviewing new clients and preparing written case histories, facilitating nearly constant communication with the client and the firm, and, under an attorney’s direction, preparing critical case documents. Our paralegals are very, very good at taking care of our wonderful but stressed clients. Our paralegals and our attorneys work together for each client. If you don’t like working in a team and if you do not enjoy collaborating on projects and getting and giving advice and help, don’t apply. Not everyone can thrive in such an environment. If you like working on your own behind a closed door, this is not the right fit. If you like being a member of a great team, give us a try.
Our paralegals are responsible for ensuring our clients receive the best legal service possible. Our paralegals are also our firms’ ambassadors to the world. As a paralegal, you will have direct interaction with our clients and potential clients. You will assist them in dealing with their family law matters.
What are some characteristics that a paralegal should have to be successful in our firm?
Preferably you will speak both English and Spanish, but if you do not, that is ok.
You must be a positive person. If you see the glass as being half full, you are the type of person we are looking for. Our office does not tolerate toxic or negative attitudes, whiners, complainers or victims, and you definitely will not fit in if you even wonder whether you may fit into one of the above categories of negative people.
You must be competent and proficient in the use of MS Word and MS Outlook.
If you are familiar with FamilySoft and MS Excel, that is a plus. We prefer people who are not afraid of computers or learning new things that will make their jobs easier. We are willing to provide training opportunities in the computer programs that we use, but you must have a basic proficiency and an ability to work with computers generally.
If you lose stuff, are not organized, and get easily distracted, please don’t apply. (Our attorneys already fill those roles! Just kidding. Really.)
You MUST be able to multi-task. You must not be annoyed by distractions. At least not overly annoyed. You must be able to think on your feet and make smart decisions. If you can’t multitask or think on your feet, please do not apply, as you will be wasting your time as well as ours.
You must have thick skin; you cannot be someone who does not take criticism well or cannot deal well with people. We are particular in how our clients are served and our criticism will always be intended to be constructive. If you don’t like to be critiqued, if you believe you are perfect, if you want to do things YOUR way, please do not apply. If you want to learn and grow and be part of a team that is designed to help other people and you don’t mind a little constructive criticism to help you get there, we may be the right fit.
To be perfectly honest, we expect you to give us 100% when you are at work. You owe it to yourself and to us to do the best job that you can. If you don’t put forth the effort needed to do your job right the first time, we will let you know about it in a constructive manner. If your effort level does not change after it is brought to your attention in a reasonable amount of time, you will no longer be working for our firm. If that bothers you, this probably isn’t the right job.
You also need to be detail-oriented and willing to go the extra mile to get the job done right the first time. In our practice, getting it done right the first time for our clients is very important and we need everyone to work with this goal in mind. There will always be help and advice available, but you must be willing to ask for help. If you don’t ask for help, we expect quality, thoughtful work. If this seems too much to ask of you, don’t apply for this job. If you strive for excellence, on the other hand, and you want to be tasked with first-quality work, please apply.
If you are lazy, don’t show up to work on time, take a ton of coffee, cigarette, or other breaks during the workday, this job is not for you. If you love to surf the internet, chat on the phone, or if you must stay in constant contact on Facebook, this is not the job for you. If you enjoy helping people, if you are focused, if you like a challenge and take pride in quality, apply and let’s talk about how you can make a positive impact in our clients’ lives.
If you are one of those people who constantly gets sick on Thursday nights or Sunday nights and cannot come to work on Friday or Monday because you are sick, this really is not the job for you. Don’t get us wrong–we understand that everyone gets sick, and we provide paid time off for genuine illness–but we also know there are a people out there who get sick when it is convenient for them, like when they want a long weekend. If this is you, please do not apply for this position. It wouldn’t be fair to you or to our clients.
You must be a team player. You will be working with other members of our staff and our clients. Both you and our other staff members are accountable to each other. We actively cultivate a collegial atmosphere. Life is too short to work with people you don’t like. If you can’t get along with others, if you can’t constantly cooperate and work together to get the job done right the first time, this is not the job for you. We are strong believers in the team approach and our office is a team environment. Everyone’s door is (almost) always open, so if you are not a team player, this is not the job for you. If you think you can fake being a team player, you can’t, so don’t try, this is not the job for you.
You need to be able to talk to people in a manner that is polite, educated, and puts them at ease. You cannot talk down to anyone that you deal with in our office, whether they are members of the firm or not.
You should not be a person who gets angry quickly or blows their stack if someone says something you don’t like.
You need to have compassion when dealing with our clients. The reason is obvious. If you get that, give us a try.
You need to be able to deal with the worst mannered people with respect at all times. When you are dealing with the royal pains that occasionally come to our office (sometimes attorneys at other firms) they should never know that they are getting under your skin. When you are done dealing with them, you are more than welcome to come in the owner’s office and vent. We can share stories!
Most importantly you need to listen to what people are telling you. As the ambassador to the world for our firm, you will be one of the first people that our clients speak with. As part of your job, you will conduct an initial interview of clients and get the necessary information from them to allow our attorneys to efficiently deal with their legal issues. As such, your ability to listen to what you are being told and ask follow-up questions is very important. If you cannot listen, understand, evaluate and interview someone, and then write up a complete record of the interview, this is not the job for you.
You MUST be able to handle working with several different databases of information. If you aren’t 100% confident managing data and people, you are not the right person for this job. As a paralegal, you will be answering calls, meeting with potential clients, existing clients, working closely with other staff members and attorneys.
At times, you will also need to know how to figure things out on your own and be able to creatively problem-solve and come up with solutions. Additionally, if you think you are “too good” to make a pot of coffee or help out in another area of the office, this is not the job for you.
Our office is open Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You are expected to be here during those hours, with the exception of 1 hour for lunch, a morning break for 15 minutes and an afternoon break for 15 minutes. If you think you can eat at your desk and leave early, this is not the job for you.
At this point, some of you may be thinking that this office will be the worst place to work in the Tri-Cities. You are wrong, but if you think this, this is not the job for you.
If, on the other hand, you realize that the work environment we have created will help you get your job done efficiently and allow you to earn more money than you can anywhere else, and also have a life outside of work, then you are the candidate we would like to meet with to discuss the opportunity we are offering.
If you are hired, you will be part of a wonderful team of people, who work hard to get the job done right the first time and take pride in the work that they do. You will be part of a team that is rewarded for their hard work.
With regard to compensation, it is negotiable based upon experience and is subject to review after 180 days. Our compensation package, including benefits, is at the top of the market because we expect top-of-the-market performance. We offer great benefits, including paid vacation, your choice of a platinum, silver or silver with HSA health plan, group dental, disability and other benefits at your option.
Is this going to be an easy job? No. It might be the biggest challenge of your life. But, it is our belief that anything really great is worth working hard for and that our greatest growth comes from our biggest challenges. You will be challenged as a paralegal in our firm, but you will have fun and you will enjoy helping our clients. If this is the right job for you, it just might be the best job you have ever had. We have designed it to be just so.
If you have gotten this far, you are truly an exceptional person, as most people will have stopped reading this ad a long time ago. That’s OK. We are only looking for exceptional people.
If you have gotten this far and are thinking about applying it means that you are a hard worker, ready for a challenge and want to be part of a team where your hard work and efforts are recognized, appreciated and rewarded, and where you will be able to provide top-quality service to our clients.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply for the paralegal position at our firm, submit your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org In your cover letter that will accompany your resume, answer the following question: What does it take to be a top-notch family law paralegal? That is the most important question that needs to be answered. You should also tell us what you are looking for in a job and why you think you would be a good fit at Ashby Law. You should be very detailed in your cover letter, but don’t go over one page. In the last paragraph or two, tell us what you liked about our Ad and what you did not like about our Ad. You can be honest, we will not hold it against you; we encourage constructive criticism too, as we are constantly trying to improve.
Don’t wait too long. We expect to fill this position as soon as possible.
Thank you for taking the time to read this entire ad, if you decide to apply, we look forward to meeting you.