‚ÄčWhat do JOB ADS say employers want?

Take a look at these two examples of actual job ads for legal administrative assistant positions. The highlighted general skills and abilities reflect those most requested by employers of legal support staff.  If your abilities include these, you're off to a great start -- all you need is to hone those skills and ADD the legal background you'll get at Ridgewater to begin your legal assistant career!

JOB 1:  Full Time Legal Asst., Hudson, WI, general practice law firm

JOB REQUIREMENTS:  An energetic, self-motivated, creative problem-solver willing to grow with our firm would be the perfect candidate. Duties include, but are not limited to, client communication, incoming and outgoing mail/faxes, filing, client correspondence, drafting letters, transcription, discovery, trial preparation and more.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Excellent communication skills, proficient use of Microsoft Office, attention to detail and accuracy, ability to multi-task.  Solid experience with all phases of discovery, trial preparation, and time management skills. Candidates should enjoy working independently or with a team.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:    Experience in Family Law/Divorce

JOB 2:  Legal Administrative Assistant, AMS Headquarters - Minnetonka, MN

JOB REQUIREMENTS:  AMS is a global, publicly held, medical device manufacturing company specializing in pelvic health products and therapies. This individual will provide general legal and administrative support to a small, growing, fast-paced Legal Department.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:   Strong time management and organizational skills and the ability to prioritize in a matrix-driven environment;  proficiency in Microsoft functions, including Outlook, Word, Power Point, and Excel; interpersonal skills; filing system experience and proficiency; effective oral and written communication skills; sensitivity to working with confidential material;  active learning skills and the ability to understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making; strong critical thinking skills; flexibility and willingness to adapt to changing environment and priorities; positive attitude, integrity, and excellent judgment. 

**Job ad examples taken from jobs posted on MinnesotaWorks.net, April 2010

Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.