How to Land Your First Paralegal Job : An Insider's Guide to the Fastest-Growing Profession of the New Millennium

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-01-01
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL

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This book can help you develop the extra competitive edge it takes to get the job you want as a paralegal. Whether you are a student contemplating beginning your career as a paralegal, changing careers, or looking to move ahead in your current job, this book is a practical handbook designed to be used again and again. Completely updated in a new edition, this book will provide you with the tools needed to get in the door with the best possible resume, give a great job interview, and secure the job offer! This new edition features updated web listings, booklists, and more information on individual State certification. By following the job search techniques laid out in this book, you will be rewarded with a career that is satisfying and stimulating.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. xv
Introductionp. xvii
The Paralegal Fieldp. 1
A Profession with Great Opportunitiesp. 1
Who Are These People? The Paralegal Definedp. 2
Birth of a Professionp. 3
Paralegal Training Optionsp. 3
Certified Versus Certificatedp. 4
A Word about Salaries and Other Concernsp. 6
A Little about Computersp. 7
So Many Engaging Options: What Paralegals Dop. 8
Legal Specialties and Subspecialtiesp. 9
Paralegal Job Descriptionsp. 11
Where Do You Fit into the Organization?p. 16
Finding the Decision Makers in Law Firms and Corporationsp. 16
Law Firm Structuresp. 16
Corporate Law Department Structuresp. 18
Where Can You Find Jobs?p. 19
Organizational Charts Tell You Where You Fitp. 22
Straight Talk about Paralegal Schoolsp. 27
How to Make the Right Choicep. 27
Do You Have to Go to Paralegal School?p. 27
Choosing the Right Paralegal Program for Youp. 28
How to Stand Out from the Crowdp. 35
Crafting Winning Resumes, Reference Lists, and Writing Samplesp. 35
Selling Yourself to the Legal Industryp. 35
Understanding Yourself before Selling Yourself to Othersp. 36
Resume Appearance Countsp. 38
Resume Do's and Don'ts Checklistp. 39
Making Sure That Your References Help Youp. 41
Impeccable Writing Samples and Portfolios Can Be Your Secret Weaponp. 42
Formats for Power Resumes: The Chronological Resumep. 45
This May Be the Best Style for Youp. 45
How to Prepare a Chronological Resumep. 46
No Legal Experience-No Problemp. 54
Other Activities and Interestsp. 54
Formats for Power Resumes: The Functional Resumep. 71
Show Off Your Skillsp. 71
Transferring Your Skillsp. 71
How to Prepare a Functional Resumep. 73
Writing a Strong Cover Letterp. 84
Honest Clarity Requiredp. 84
Purpose of a Cover Letterp. 84
Salary Historyp. 86
Professional Letter Formatsp. 86
Do's and Don'ts Cover Letter Checklistp. 97
Networkingp. 98
Your Most Powerful Job Search Weaponp. 98
Organize Your Job Searchp. 98
Create a Placement Filep. 100
How People Find Jobsp. 102
Networking, Networking, Networkingp. 102
Approaches to Developing a Networkp. 104
Maintaining Relationships with Classmates and Former Employersp. 106
The Informational Interviewp. 108
Networking Charts Help You Organize Your Searchp. 109
Networking Works, But It Takes Timep. 114
Beginning Your Job Searchp. 115
Research Sourcesp. 115
Where to Find the Strategic Information You Needp. 115
The Internet-A Valuable Research Toolp. 122
Search Organizations Can Helpp. 125
Effective Job Search Strategiesp. 127
Additional Methods for Finding a Jobp. 127
How Companies Find Applicantsp. 127
Mass Mailingsp. 128
Telephone Solicitationsp. 129
Setting up an Informational Interviewp. 130
Tracking Lawsuitsp. 132
Tracking Other Areas of the Lawp. 133
Door-To-Door Contactsp. 134
Self-Advertisingp. 135
A Mentor Can Be Your Best Allyp. 136
After You Get Through the Doorp. 137
Ensuring a Successful Interviewp. 137
How to Approach the Interviewp. 137
Being Prepared Will Build Your Confidencep. 138
Rehearsals Help You Get It Rightp. 141
"Suit" Yourself-It's Your Appearancep. 143
The Interviewing Processp. 148
Creating a Standout Impressionp. 151
Interview Preparation Checklistp. 152
Successfully Handling the Job Interviewp. 154
Selling Yourself and Gathering the Information You Needp. 154
Structure of a Typical Interviewp. 154
Questions You Might Be Askedp. 156
Handling Inappropriate Questionsp. 159
Responses to Inappropriate Questionsp. 160
How to Answer Difficult Questionsp. 162
Overcoming Objectionsp. 165
Questions to Ask the Interviewerp. 165
Tips for the Second (and Third) Interviewp. 167
Review of Interview Do's and Don'tsp. 169
Getting Paid What You Are Worthp. 170
Salary Negotiation Strategiesp. 170
Where to Find Out How Much You Will Earnp. 170
When to Discuss Salaryp. 171
How to Negotiatep. 171
If the Offer Is Less Than You Expectedp. 173
Other Negotiating Optionsp. 175
If You Are Using a Placement Agency to Negotiate for Youp. 176
What Should Not Be Used as Negotiation Techniquesp. 176
Deadlines for Negotiationsp. 177
Taking an Active Rolep. 177
Wrapping Things Upp. 178
The Importance of Interview Notes and Follow-Up Lettersp. 178
Evaluating the Interviewp. 178
Thank-You Letters Are Opportunities for Marketing Yourselfp. 178
Congratulations! You Are Hiredp. 184
Getting Your Bearingsp. 184
Working with Legal Secretaries and Support Staffp. 185
Assertiveness Training Helpsp. 185
Know What Is Expectedp. 186
A Last Word of Advicep. 187
Buzzwordsp. 189
Terms You Will Hear in the Legal Communityp. 189
Legal Assistant and Paralegal Schools Listp. 197
Legal Assistant and Paralegal Associations Listp. 227
Suggested Readingp. 248
About the Authorp. 249
Indexp. 250
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