Help wanted: Careless, unprofessional legal secretary with sloppy appearance to work for grumpy, hack lawyer in third-rate firm. No need for good communication skills or ability to work well under pressure. No one here talks to anyone else, and we work at a snail’s pace.

The above doesn’t read like an effective job posting. Yet it’s no worse than much of what appears on job Web sites used to recruit legal secretaries. Advertisements focusing on the personal traits of an ideal legal secretary are the norm. Ads that thoroughly describe the job’s duties, level of responsibility, office environment and compensation are rare.

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