Why might you ask would anyone hire a licensed architect with 20 yrs experience for a clerks position. You aren't alone, it's VERY hard to get an entry level postion with so much experience.
I wasn't the first choice, but the "less experinced" person who won the job, didn't know enough to acheive the primary goal to process ALL paperwork as efficently as possible.
I add a level of experience and knowledge that limits others need to review or process paperwork to more than a read through on status most of the time. I can often fill in, in consultation with those involved, missing info in paperwork, preventing a time consuming rejection.
Yes, rejecting is time consuming too, on submittals it's SIX hard copies, whatever comments you have SIX times, Stamped SIX times, signed SIX times. Go through 3 rejections, and that's ALOT OF STAFF TIME. Not to mention the client starts to become a problem when multiple rejections lead to delays to getting the related work done.
If instead with little time and effort you can save an application, submittal, or eliminate endless revisions to documents, then it's better to do so.
Better for the client, for the firm, for the project.
Now, do I draw an architects salary, no, I draw a clerks salary. However, this is a REALLY bad recession, with little recovery to date in the local building industry, and massive surplus of architects, CAD operators, CM's, and even clerks. You do what you have to when you have to, and this is better than clerking at a hospital - I still get to use my not inconsiderable experience.