Summer is here!!! As University and college students enter the workforce, you will find that there is A LOT of competition for jobs. Have you done everything you can to make sure you are giving potential employers a reason to hire you?
Here are some ideas that can help you turn an interview into a job offer! (Bonus! These tips can work for many careers. See if any apply to your field of interest.)
Develop a solid search plan
Once you’re ready to start looking for a paralegal job, you need to take the time to get your selling points in order. Along with a solid resume and cover letter, make sure there are places where people can see your profile online. A complete LinkedIn profile could go a long way in helping people find you.
Also, take time to learn about a law firm before you apply for a positon or schedule a job interview. You want to be sure you won’t be compromising your ethics. Plus, being able to discuss what you know about a firm tends to impress the people conducting the interview.
A common phrase you hear during a job search is that it’s not WHAT you know, but WHO you know. The paralegal industry is no different. These days, you have several ways to network:
- Making connections on social media
- Joining online paralegal groups
- Participating in local paralegal/law meet-ups
- Joining local and national paralegal organizations
Keep adding experience
Another way to help your situation is to find ways to enhance your experience with work that you can highlight on your resume. Consider taking advantage of opportunities like:
- Doing pro bono work
- Volunteer legal experience (as a mediator or court appointed advocate)
- Accept contract jobs
- Apply for an internship
Work your way up
Sometimes all you need is to get your foot in the door. To do that, you could apply for an entry level position and then work towards that paralegal job. This is especially helpful for people who have limited or no legal experience.
There are many ways to work as a paralegal, including earning a certificate from PDI's Paralegal Certificate Program. Another program starts later this month. Learn more now!