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How to Land Your First Paralegal Job : An Insider's Guide to the Fastest Growing Profession of the New Millennium / Edition 3
     

How to Land Your First Paralegal Job : An Insider's Guide to the Fastest Growing Profession of the New Millennium / Edition 3

by Andrea Wagner
 

ISBN-10: 0130155934

ISBN-13: 9780130155931

Pub. Date: 05/19/2000

Publisher: Prentice Hall

  • Where the jobs are
  • What law firms want
  • How to impress the, and
  • Whether you need training.

How to Land Your First Paralegal Job is like having your own personal recruiter advising you every step of the way!

Overview

  • Where the jobs are
  • What law firms want
  • How to impress the, and
  • Whether you need training.

How to Land Your First Paralegal Job is like having your own personal recruiter advising you every step of the way!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780130155931
Publisher:
Prentice Hall
Publication date:
05/19/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
267
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
xi
Foreword xiii
Preface xv
Section One Introduction to Paralegal Studies 1(34)
The paralegal Field
3(14)
Who are These People? The Paralegal Defined
4(1)
Birth of a Profession
5(1)
Paralegal Training Options
5(1)
Certified versus Certificated
6(1)
Paralegal Career Options
7(1)
A Word about Salaries and Other Concerns
7(1)
Computers: A Necessary Tool
8(1)
So Many Engaging Options--What Paralegals Do
9(2)
Legal Specialties and Subspecialties
11(1)
Paralegal Job Descriptions
12(5)
Where Do You Fit into the Organization?
17(11)
Law Firm Structures
17(2)
Corporate Law Department Structures
19(1)
Where Can You Find Jobs?
20(3)
Organizational Charts Tell You Where You Fit
23(5)
Straight Talk about Paralegal Schools
28(7)
Do You Have to Go to Paralegal School?
28(1)
Choosing the Right Paralegal Program for You
29(6)
Section Two Resume Writing, Interviewing, and Job Searching 35(164)
How to Stand Out from the Crowd
37(9)
Selling Yourself to the Legal Industry
37(1)
Understanding Yourself before Selling Yourself to Others
38(1)
Resume Appearance Counts
39(1)
Resume Do's and Don'ts Checklist
40(2)
Making Sure that Your References Help You
42(1)
Impeccable Writing Samples Can be Your Secret Weapon
43(3)
Formats for Power Resumes: The Chronological Resume
46(33)
How to Prepare a Chronological Resume
46(9)
Scanned Resumes: A Recent Phenomenon
55(24)
Formats for Power Resumes: The Functional Resume
79(16)
Transferring Your Skills
79(2)
How to Prepare a Functional Resume
81(12)
Action Words for Winning Resumes
93(2)
Writing a Strong Cover Letter
95(15)
Purpose of a Cover Letter
95(2)
Professional Letter Formats
97(12)
Cover Letter Do's and Don'ts Checklist
109(1)
Networking
110(16)
Organize Your Job Search
110(2)
Create a Placement File
112(2)
Types of Networking Systems
114(2)
Approaches to Developing a Network
116(3)
Informational Interviews
119(2)
Networking Charts to Help You Organize Your Search
121(2)
Networking Works, But It Takes Time
123(3)
Beginning Your Job Search
126(14)
Where to Find the Strategic Information You Need
126(8)
The Internet: A Valuable Research Tool
134(4)
Search Organizations Can Help
138(2)
Effective Job Search Strategies
140(11)
How Companies Find Applicants
140(1)
Mass Mailings
141(1)
Telephone Solicitations
142(3)
Tracking Lawsuits
145(1)
Tracking Other Areas of the Law
146(2)
Door-to-Door Contacts
148(1)
Self Advertising
149(1)
A Mentor Can Be Your Best Ally
149(2)
After You Get Through the Door
151(14)
How to Approach the Interview
151(1)
Being Prepared Will Build Your Confidence
152(3)
Rehearsals Help You Get It Right
155(2)
"Suit" Yourself: It's Your Appearance
157(3)
The Interviewing Process
160(3)
Interview Preparation Checklist
163(2)
Handling the Job Interview Successfully
165(16)
Structure of a Typical Interview
165(2)
Questions that Might Be Asked of You
167(3)
Handling Inappropriate Questions
170(2)
Answering Difficult Questions
172(3)
Overcoming Objections
175(1)
Questions to Ask the Interviewer
176(2)
Tips for the Second (and Third) Interview
178(2)
Interview Do's and Don'ts Checklist
180(1)
Getting Paid What You are Worth
181(8)
Where to Find Out How Much You Will Earn
181(1)
When to Discuss Salary
182(1)
How to Negotiate
182(2)
If the Offer is Less Than You Expected
184(2)
If You Are Using a Placement Agency to Negotiate for You
186(1)
What Should Not Be Used as Negotiation Techniques
187(1)
Deadlines for Negotiations
187(1)
Taking an Active Role
188(1)
Wrapping Things Up
189(6)
Evaluating the Interview
189(1)
Thank-You Letters Are Opportunities for Marketing
189(6)
Congratulations! You Are Hired
195(4)
Working with Legal Secretaries and Support Staff
196(1)
Assertiveness Training Helps
196(1)
Know What Is Expected
197(1)
A Last Word of Advice
197(2)
Appendix A Buzzwords 199(8)
Appendix B Legal Assistant and Paralegal Schools 207(40)
Appendix C Legal Assistant and Paralegal Associations 247(8)
Appendix D Bibliography 255(2)
About the Author 257(2)
Index 259

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