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

ISBN-10: 0132069032
ISBN-13: 9780132069038
Edition: 5th 2009
Authors: Andrea Wagner
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Description: 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,  More...

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Book details

List price: $78.80
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 1/16/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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,nbsp; 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!nbsp;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.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
The Paralegal Field
A Profession with Great Opportunities
Who Are These People? The Paralegal Defined
Birth of a Profession
Paralegal Training Options
Certified Versus Certificated
A Word about Salaries and Other Concerns
A Little about Computers
So Many Engaging Options: What Paralegals Do
Legal Specialties and Subspecialties
Paralegal Job Descriptions
Where Do You Fit into the Organization?
Finding the Decision Makers in Law Firms and Corporations
Law Firm Structures
Corporate Law Department Structures
Where Can You Find Jobs?
Organizational Charts Tell You Where You Fit
Straight Talk about Paralegal Schools
How to Make the Right Choice
Do You Have to Go to Paralegal School?
Choosing the Right Paralegal Program for You
How to Stand Out from the Crowd
Crafting Winning Resumes, Reference Lists, and Writing Samples
Selling Yourself to the Legal Industry
Understanding Yourself before Selling Yourself to Others
Resume Appearance Counts
Resume Do's and Don'ts Checklist
Making Sure That Your References Help You
Impeccable Writing Samples and Portfolios Can Be Your Secret Weapon
Formats for Power Resumes: The Chronological Resume
This May Be the Best Style for You
How to Prepare a Chronological Resume
No Legal Experience-No Problem
Other Activities and Interests
Formats for Power Resumes: The Functional Resume
Show Off Your Skills
Transferring Your Skills
How to Prepare a Functional Resume
Writing a Strong Cover Letter
Honest Clarity Required
Purpose of a Cover Letter
Salary History
Professional Letter Formats
Do's and Don'ts Cover Letter Checklist
Networking
Your Most Powerful Job Search Weapon
Organize Your Job Search
Create a Placement File
How People Find Jobs
Networking, Networking, Networking
Approaches to Developing a Network
Maintaining Relationships with Classmates and Former Employers
The Informational Interview
Networking Charts Help You Organize Your Search
Networking Works, But It Takes Time
Beginning Your Job Search
Research Sources
Where to Find the Strategic Information You Need
The Internet-A Valuable Research Tool
Search Organizations Can Help
Effective Job Search Strategies
Additional Methods for Finding a Job
How Companies Find Applicants
Mass Mailings
Telephone Solicitations
Setting up an Informational Interview
Tracking Lawsuits
Tracking Other Areas of the Law
Door-To-Door Contacts
Self-Advertising
A Mentor Can Be Your Best Ally
After You Get Through the Door
Ensuring a Successful Interview
How to Approach the Interview
Being Prepared Will Build Your Confidence
Rehearsals Help You Get It Right
"Suit" Yourself-It's Your Appearance
The Interviewing Process
Creating a Standout Impression
Interview Preparation Checklist
Successfully Handling the Job Interview
Selling Yourself and Gathering the Information You Need
Structure of a Typical Interview
Questions You Might Be Asked
Handling Inappropriate Questions
Responses to Inappropriate Questions
How to Answer Difficult Questions
Overcoming Objections
Questions to Ask the Interviewer
Tips for the Second (and Third) Interview
Review of Interview Do's and Don'ts
Getting Paid What You Are Worth
Salary Negotiation Strategies
Where to Find Out How Much You Will Earn
When to Discuss Salary
How to Negotiate
If the Offer Is Less Than You Expected
Other Negotiating Options
If You Are Using a Placement Agency to Negotiate for You
What Should Not Be Used as Negotiation Techniques
Deadlines for Negotiations
Taking an Active Role
Wrapping Things Up
The Importance of Interview Notes and Follow-Up Letters
Evaluating the Interview
Thank-You Letters Are Opportunities for Marketing Yourself
Congratulations! You Are Hired
Getting Your Bearings
Working with Legal Secretaries and Support Staff
Assertiveness Training Helps
Know What Is Expected
A Last Word of Advice
Buzzwords
Terms You Will Hear in the Legal Community
Legal Assistant and Paralegal Schools List
Legal Assistant and Paralegal Associations List
Suggested Reading
About the Author
Index

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