This post can be summed up in two words: Document Review.
As soon as I finished the last post (on Friday) about the frustrations of job searching, I decided I should check one of the job boards, one that I check daily. A document review position was posted–with training to begin on the following Tuesday. It was about 2:00 pm, and I quickly sent my resume attached to a very brief cover-letter type e-mail. Knowing that the training started Tuesday, I proceeded to stare at my computer, periodically manually refreshed my e-mail, and checked the volume on my cell phone. When I had heard nothing back at 5:00 pm, I assumed, if I heard anything, it would be on Monday and proceeded to vacuum the entire apartment–every room, every air intake vent (HVAC and desktop computer), and the refrigerator (some baking soda had spilled).
At 6:00 pm, I sat back down to randomly see what my social media contacts were up to and found an e-mail waiting for me. At 7:00 pm, I had a telephone interview and was set to start a general training on Monday. At 7:30 pm, I e-mailed scans of my identifying documents.
Once again, I love the people. The facility is beautiful and well designed. They fed us lunch on Monday (I had a wonderful freshly made caprese sandwich on a fresh whole wheat sub roll). The commute is long–2 miles further than my last job and only 9 miles closer than the bar exam location. It pays more than my last job. It is definitely a law job, and the subject matter of this particular case is interesting to me–overall.
But, now I know what people mean when they say “document review.”
Best part of this job? Having a reason to write a post that can use this image. Thanks! :)
That first general training day? The guy said, “You never know. Some people love document review. Each project is a different issue.” I had hope. Of course, I did not want this to be my final career aspiration, but maybe I would really enjoy this interval. But, I look at and tag the same e-mails, the same PowerPoints, the same memos over and over and over again.
Also, our training Monday was less than 2 hours, and then we were done for that day. However, we were still entitled to work up to 40 hours for the week, up until 5:30 pm Friday. So, I averaged 9 hours a day for the last four days of the week. Nine hours a day of looking at a computer screen. The commute on top of that.
This project will be completed some time this week. They assure us they expect to have another one lined up. I do hope so.
I love working. I love leaving home regularly to go to work. I love that I will have a pay check coming.
But, almost every evening, I made sure I checked all my job boards and all the companies on my radar. I think my motivation to land my first actual career step in the law has actually increased since starting this position.
Back to the good things about this job–there are large windows all around us. I sit at a window. At my last job, I felt like we were in a deep dark pit that just happened to be three floors up. I love windows.
Planes taking off and landing fly directly in front of my line of sight all the time. It is so weird. You know that feeling in your stomach when you take off? and the smell of the air inside of a plane? I get both the feeling and the change in the air (perception) every time I see one of those planes. Luckily, it is not such a bad sensation–I like travel so it has happy associations. It is just strange to have a visceral reenactment, while sitting inside a grounded building, multiple times a day.
On Tuesday, when two of the lawyers for the client flew in to bring us up to speed and train us on the project itself and then immediately flew back out that evening, I understood the location choice of this office. Smart.