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Paralegal Job Search and Career Development Skills

You’ve taken the first step towards enhancing your career prospects via the paralegal program – but now comes an even more critical stage: capitalizing on your new education credentials and turning those qualifications into a job.

Confidently starting your paralegal career requires effective transition planning – join us to develop your own personal strategy utilizing valuable job search tools and techniques. Create a polished resume and cover letter, build your professional image, master essential interview skills, and prepare to start your successful paralegal career!

Only students enrolled in the Paralegal Certificate Program may register for this course.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a resume and cover letter to use in their job search
  • Establish an online presence that portrays a professional image
  • Use their research skills to find available positions and develop a solid plan for a successful job search
  • Enhance their interview skills for all types of interview formats
  • Establish a foundation for long-term success in a new paralegal position

Course Content

Lesson 1: Your Resume and Cover Letter

  • Identifying transferrable skills from prior work experience and education
  • Top reasons why resumes get tossed
  • Steps to a better resume
  • Key phrases to keep off your resume
  • Addressing common resume issues
  • Resume drafting exercises
  • Drafting a cover letter that gets your resume noticed

Lesson 2: Your Online Professional Presence
  • Evaluating your current online presence from the employer’s perspective
  • Developing a LinkedIn profile that adds value to your job search
  • Online networking etiquette
  • Understanding the pros and cons of applying for positions through LinkedIn
  • Other online networking platforms

Lesson 3: Searching for the Available Positions
  • Why your job search should go beyond the basic online job boards
  • Using your research skills to find positions that are not advertised
  • Developing a job search tracking chart
  • Identifying alternative career options using your paralegal certificate and skill set
  • How to find a paid internship to gain on-the-job experience
  • Working with recruiters

Lesson 4: Mastering Your Interview Skills
  • Interview questions to be prepared to answer
  • Questions to ask your interviewer
  • Interview etiquette for various formats, including telephone interviews, coffee interviews, Skype and in-office interviews
  • Interview dress and appearance
  • Post-interview tips

Lesson 5: Laying the Foundation to Excel in Your New Career
  • Habits to develop early in your career to ensure a successful paralegal career
  • What to expect in your first year as a new paralegal
  • Working with attorneys and other colleagues
  • Setti