I have been without a secretary since last August. I have not been fortunate the past one year. That's the grumble we hear within the circle of legal eagles! These experienced secretary just won't hop around. Even if they want to move....- a person with more than 15 years of experience expects to be remunerated at least 4 grand! (We had a male secretary a few years back- who claimed to be experienced and came from one of the biggest law firms; turned out to be an empty can! And we paid him RM3k. Another lady secretary also from one of the biggest law firms whom we paiud about RM3k also.....had to wash her hands every 15 minutes. Inevitably her work became a victim of her obsessive compulsive disorder!
I had resorted to, quite a reputable, headhunting firm (who never came back after agreeing to engage them) for legal secretaries and what they said was, there are plenty of them looking for jobs but they'd rather not go back to "legal" line! I can understand why - the hazards of working in legal firms are indescribable!
I had advertised in at least three neswspapers; J*bstr**t and Bar Council website countless times. I found and offered 4-6 candidates over the past year; it's either they don't turn up on the scheduled commencement date (after waiting for a month with their promise to turn up) or they turn up but are hopeless (Read here of how I was soo excited and eager for the arrival of the hopeless secretary who could not finish typing a simple letter in a day whom we paid RM2.5K) or they turn up for a day or two and leave even before I was able to physically meet them (happened twice...- one girl started while I was away for my Umrah trip and I spoke to her over the phone once to welcome her and give instructions. She disappeared the following day!).
My new secretary will start tomorrow......(BTW this girl was recommended by superwoman's staff)...
I'm prepared for the worst case scenario...! Owh...may be I should think positively but heck..after what happened within the past one year, why bother!
Truly, I'm leaving this to God's hands and hoping for the best!
Wallahualam (God knows best)!