Have you been in the work force for many years? Have you been at the same job for a long period of time? I’ve been at my current job for a year and I’m grateful that I came by the job fairly easily.
I have a friend in Ohio who has been a legal secretary for decades. She recently heard of a job opening at another law firm where she happens to know several people. She eagerly did what she had to do to secure an interview, and met with the office administrator off premises so she wouldn’t run into anyone she knew. She didn’t want to let the cat out of the bag too early!
The coffee date went well and now the firm is asking her to come in for a skills assessment, something my friend is trying to wrap her head around. “I’ve been around a long time! I know how to do X or Y or Z!” But the firm needs to know her skills and capabilities, don’t you think? The firm may know the potential employee, but they don’t know how fast she can type, or if she knows proper citations, right?
I have another friend who had worked in law firms for 40 years. She was laid off last year and briefly looked for other law firm jobs. After not finding the right fit for her, she applied for a part-time job at Michael’s just before Thanksgiving. She loved it, worked extra shifts when she could, and was offered a permanent job after Christmas. She’s making friends with her customers and, when she can, she also works as a fill-in crossing guard.
My Ohio friend will likely not want to work as a crossing guard (especially in the winter!) yet maybe a non-traditional full-time job might be the solution to her job needs. What do you think?