How to Land Your First Paralegal Job: An Insider's Guide to the Fastest-Growing Profession of the New Millennium / Edition 2

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Build a Satisfying and Fulfilling Career!

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.

About the Author

". . . Andrea Wagner is truly an expert in paralegal placement. With more than 20 years in the field, she has seen the evolution of the profession .... Her collected wisdom and experience make this book the one tool that all paralegals should have as they go out into the job market for the first time."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780138540012
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall Professional Technical Reference
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 301
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Ch. 1 The Paralegal Field: An Emerging Profession with Great Opportunities 1
Ch. 2 Where Do You Fit in the Organization? Finding the Decision Makers in Law Firms and Corporations 17
Ch. 3 Straight Talk about Paralegal Schools: How to Make the Right Choice 27
Ch. 4 How to Stand Out from the Crowd: Crafting Winning Resumes, Reference Lists, and Writing Samples 35
Ch. 5 Formats for Power Resumes: The Chronological Resume 45
Ch. 6 Formats for Power Resumes: The Functional Resume 71
Ch. 7 Writing a Strong Cover Letter: Honest Clarity Required 81
Ch. 8 Networking: Your Most Powerful Weapon 97
Ch. 9 Beginning Your Job Search: Research Sources and Informational Interviews 115
Ch. 10 Effective Job Search Strategies: Additional Methods for Finding a Job 129
Ch. 11 How to Land a Federal Job: An Exciting Career Option 141
Ch. 12 Moving Up from Legal Secretary to Paralegal: An Alternative Career Possibility and How to Do It 149
Ch. 13 After You Get through the Door: Ensuring a Successful Interview 159
Ch. 14 Successfully Handling the Job Interview: Selling Yourself and Gathering the Information You Need 175
Ch. 15 Getting Paid What You Are Worth: Salary Negotiation Strategies 195
Ch. 16 Wrapping Things Up: The Importance of Interview Notes and Follow-Up Letters 205
Ch. 17 Congratulations! You're Hired 211
App. A Buzzwords: Terms You Will Hear at the Law Firm 215
App. B Legal Assistant and Paralegal School List 231
App. C Legal Assistant and Paralegal Associations List 273
App. D: Suggested Reading 283
About the Author 287
Index 289
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