The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
Experienced legal assistant needed for small but busy family law office. Excellent people and organizational skills a must. Must think quickly on your feet, be people oriented and have a strong desire to work hard in the most efficient way possible. An open mind and steady hands will serve the ideal candidate well. Sensitive, overly emotional drama queens/kings, and the tender hearted need not apply.
I’m still turning over the “open mind/steady hands” imagery in my mind. What exactly does that mean, and do I even want to know? I also agree that no one likes working with people who wear their emotions on their sleeves and get teary-eyed at the drop of a hat, but I don’t think the particular phrasing of this ad is going to appeal to most experienced paralegal professionals, who’ll likely form an impression, sight unseen, of an attorney with some personality issues of his or her own.
Normally, the word “sensitive” in a job posting for a law office isn’t, well, quite so insensitive. For example, in another ad for an immigration legal assistant, the job duties include tracking “time-sensitive cases”. An ad for an in-house compliance paralegal says that the position includes owning and driving “sensitive security information program and training”. And finally, an employer seeks a front desk administrative legal assistant with a “sensitive demeanor”.
Actually, you do have to be sensitive to work in a family law environment – sensitive to others experiencing intense personal and financial hardship, and emotions ranging from outrage to despair. The right amount of sensitivity and tender-heartedness is going to go a long way towards giving you the patience and empathy needed to be a good client advocate and family law paralegal.
But sure, I can see where weeping and using up a box of tissues right alongside a distraught client might be off-putting. And who wouldn’t like to include “No Drama Queens need apply” in their want ads?