Tuesday, January 22, 2019

One Year Later, a Graduate's Perspective

On the one year anniversary of getting a job in a law firm, one of our graduates sent a nice Thank You note. Like so many people, he came to our Post Degree program to pursue his interest in the law after spending years on a much different career path. He reported being happy and satisfied at the one year point of his Paralegal career.  When asked what he had learned in this first year, he provided this tongue in cheek reply: 

Family law and Estate planning are like "bread and butter" in this profession and I have done both. 

Here is a shortlist of some things I've learned:


1. Always proofread and cc the client;
2. Always check the copier tray for stuff you might have left there;
3. If a lawyer ask you to do something, it usually means a) they want you to do it 
and b) they want it now;
4. Some attorneys use their assistants as attack dogs. Carry bacon;
5. Almost all questions a client may have are better answered by the attorney;   
6. There is never not a file that needs closing;
7. Know where all the toes are in the office and don't step on them;
8. Attorneys are still co-workers. Good ones and bad ones. Hope for a good one. Otherwise wear a helmet;
9. Know where the closest USPS is and when the last pickup is;
10. If you don't like the work: just wait. Hold out.



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Police Officer - Moline, Illinois

The City of Moline is recruiting for the position of Police Officer. The link below contains information to help you become better acquainted with the recruitment process. You will want to print or save this information as it contains important dates.
 
To view the following items click here:

1.    Testing schedule
         Saturday, March 2, 2019 OR Saturday, March 9, 2019
         8:30 AM – Agility Test
         2:00 PM – Written Exam (for applicants that pass agility test)
2.    General requirements and testing procedures
3.    Testing process and physical fitness requirements
 

Monday, January 14, 2019


Downtown Peoria law firm seeks file clerk/runner, part-time, hours can be flexible.  Willing to train and will entertain candidates with no law firm experience, as long as candidate is willing to learn.  Duties include locating and managing filing duties, photocopying documents, running errands (within walking distance) and professional phone etiquette.  The ability to multitask, prioritize and stay organized is necessary.  Paid parking.  Please forward resume if interested to rbauvil@mtco.com.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Snow Day Update

Due to winter weather, Illinois Central College is closed on Sat., Jan. 12. Classes begin Jan. 14. If you want to register for classes you can still do so Monday and Tuesday even if you missed the first class session. Come to Student Services 8am-8pm Monday, Jan. 14 and Tuesday, Jan. 15 at either the East Peoria and Peoria campuses and we will help you get enrolled. hashtagyour hashtagcollege

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Command Center Operator for 2nd and 3rd shift in Peoria


Command Center Operator Location Peoria, IL (On-Premises) Primary Office Central Illinois 2500 N. Main St Suite 1A East Peoria, IL 61611 United States Duration Full Time Desired Education High School / GED Desired Experience 0-3 Years Previous experience in a similar role in one or more of the following industries desired: electronic, fire alarm & life safety, building automation, and/or healthcare. Responsibilities Convergint Technologies is recruiting for a Command Center Operator for 2nd and 3rd shift in Peoria. The roles and responsibilities are: Observe and report emergency and non-emergency events. Responsible for monitoring security systems. Dispatch appropriate personnel and notify the appropriate level of management. Reporting and dispatching; meet and coordinate with all appropriate parties regarding emergency and non-emergency situations. Manage CCTV to monitor all areas of the property inside and outside; monitor badge activities by granting access to certain levels within the building and outside. Monitor the emergency information communications system for the facility. Skills Must be a results driven individual. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Acts as our Customers best service provider at all times. Ability to pass any State and Federal licensing requirements. Experience in one or more of the following industries preferred: electronic, fire alarm & life safety, building automation, and/or healthcare. Microsoft Office experience desired. Ability to identify and respond to security risks in a timely manner. Convergint Technologies is an Equal Opportunity Employer who is committed to workforce diversity. Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans are encouraged to apply. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, or national origin. We offer a smoke-free and drug-free workplace.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of background investigation and pre-employment drug screen. All applications and resumes are held in confidence. Only candidates whose profiles closely match requirements will be contacted for an interview. Convergint Technologies is not currently hiring individuals for this position who now or in the future require sponsorship for employment visa status; however, as a global company, Convergint Technologies offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at www.convergint.com.

Send resume and letter of introduction to:
Jeremy.wieburg@convergint.com

phone 309-494-5905 fax 309-494-5901

Deputy and Dispatch Positions, Fulton County Sheriff's Office


The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy and Dispatch.   
Applications, along with 3 letters of recommendation, must be submitted to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, 268 W Washington Ave, PO Box 269,  Lewistown, Illinois 61542, no later than Friday, February 1, 2019.  Applications are available online at www.fultonco.org or at the Sheriff's Office at the above address between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday. 
Eligible applicants must be United States citizens, 21 years of age or older (18 or older for Dispatch), possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and have a valid driver's license.
Deputy Salary $44,075.20 plus benefits
Dispatch Salary $37,024.00 plus benefits
NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE
FULTON COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Friday, January 04, 2019

Trade your two part-time jobs for a sustainable wage, challenging and exciting career. Get registered for Paralegal classes TODAY!


Trade your two part-time jobs for a sustainable wage, challenging and exciting career. Get registered for Paralegal classes TODAY! hashtagquality hashtagparalegal hashtageducation hashtagcentralillinois

Thursday, January 03, 2019

Product Compliance Analyst - Peoria, Illinois


Product Compliance Analyst
Illinois Mutual is seeking a Product Compliance Analyst responsible for drafting policy forms while maintaining compliance with state/federal laws; for interacting with Insurance Departments; and for investigating complaints. Bachelor’s degree and a paralegal certificate required.  Send resumes to hr@illinoismutual.com.  To learn more about our opportunities, including our benefits, visit our website at www.illinosmutual.com.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Did you Get a Raise for the New Year?


The end of the calendar year is a typical time for performance reviews for many employers, law firms included.  Throughout our program, students receive emphasis on two major suggestions regarding salaries and raises in a typical law office.

1. Come to work every day with effort and intent to be organized, competent and dialed into the tasks of the day, week and month ahead.  Meet assigned deadlines. Complete your assigned work to the best of your ability.  Communicate with your supervising Lawyer(s) and do the things they need you to do to free them up to best serve their clients and to be able to serve more clients.

2. Prepare for your year-end or salary review. Never take it for granted that all you do will be fully recognized at your year-end review. Know your value to the firm. It isn't that difficult to determine how many hours and dollars you helped generate for the firm and you should know those number$.  Beyond the dollar$, think about and document all of the successes you contributed to over the past year.  And successes are great, but be objective and think about and be ready to acknowledge anything that didn't go well.  Be ready to acknowledge things you could have done better or you want to be prepared to do better in the future.

Take care of number 1 and raises and salary typically take care of themselves.  Do number 2 and you will help yourself and your supervising Lawyer have both a productive year-end review and a more successful New Year.   If you do these things and you do not receive reasonable recognition it may be that the circumstances dictate you consider the action we suggest when confronted with concerns about ethical or less than reasonable business practices.  Dust off your resume, start applying for and find a new employment opportunity.

The following article offers great tips on what to do if you haven't had a scheduled year-end or salary review.

https://myparalegalplace.com/5-tips-for-paralegals-to-help-you-ask-for-and-receive-a-raise/


Thursday, December 06, 2018

ICC's Flexible Payment Plan allows you to Register for Spring Semester classes TODAY



Did you know that Illinois Central College has a NEW and very Flexible payment plan? 


Put $50 down and you are able to defer your next payment until January 31, 2019. 

And if you have already completed your Financial Aid (FAFSA) for this year, you are already set to register. 

SO what are you waiting for?

Register TODAY so you can secure a spot in the classes you need on the days and times that work best for your schedule.  

Introduction to Paralegal - Online
Legal Research 1 - Tuesday night
Family Law - Monday night
Wills, Trusts and Estates - Wednesday night
Law Office Management - Online


Reserve your seat to Take One, Take Two, Take All,  $50 down, no more payments or worries until January 31st, 2019

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Legal Assistant/Receptionist


Law Office of Louis P. Milot, Chase Bank Building, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1928, Peoria, Illinois 61602.  General Practice.  Seeking individual with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Must also have experience with scanning software (e.g. Paperport, etc.).  Individual should be detailed-oriented, have good interpersonal skills, possess multi-tasking and organizational skills.  Good telephone and writing skills important.  The individual must be able to work in a professional environment and maintain strict confidentiality concerning clients and operations.  Duties vary and include, but are not limited to, preparation and e-filing of legal correspondence, pleading and forms;  screening clients;  case management;  scheduling appointments and receptionist duties.  Between 25-35 hours each week.  Compensation will start between $13.00 and $17.00 per hour depending on candidate’s performance and experience.  Paid vacation after first six months.   Those interested should submit a letter of interest, updated resume or brief statement of their qualifications to Louis Milot at the above address or via e-mail at lawshop@mtco.com or by letter at the above-mentioned address.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Seeking Part-time Assistant for Personal Injury Practice



The law firm of Bolen Robinson & Ellis is seeking a part-time legal assistant (approx. 15 hours per week) to work in its Bloomington office to help with obtaining medical records and bills and other tasks related primarily to personal injury.  Experience in personal injury litigation, insurance claims, healthcare, or other legal experience preferred, but not required. Please email resume to josh@brelaw.com.