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Ask Eula Mae: First Day on The Job

Posted By NALS Editorial Board, Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Dear Eula Mae:


I am so excited because I just started a new job at a large law firm.  My previous job was as a typist and now I am a legal secretary!  There is so much to learn that it is a little intimidating.  I really do not want to give the office the impression of how nervous I really am, but rather that they hired the consummate professional.  I am proud to be a legal secretary and want to learn and grow with this opportunity.  Can you tell me how to not project how anxious I really am about this job?



Nervous Nelly




Dear Nelly:


Well, how exciting that you have a new job.  Everything will be all right.  Think about this:  of all the people that were interviewed, they chose you!  That means they feel certain that you can do the job.  So now what can you do to alleviate some of your nerves?  Be sure that you eat healthy foods and sleep well before your first day.  The most important tool for you to have when you start your new job is a notebook and pen.  Keep it with you at all times.  It will be kind of like a journal, a map, and the beginnings of your personal reference manual.  You will need it to learn everyone’s names and who does what, where the files and supplies are, what kind of filing system the office uses, where the form books are housed, how you are to answer the phone, etc.  It is a good idea to take a few moments to review this first thing in the morning and you will soon be comfortable on the job.


Eula Mae

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