How to Land Your First Paralegal Job

How to Land Your First Paralegal Job

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Author Andrea Wagner, brings her 20 years of experience as an expert in paralegal placement field to this newly updated career manual. Whether you are a student contemplating beginning your career as a paralegal, changing careers, or looking to move ahead in your current job, this text 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! Convenient checklists for use with each job prospect and insider's information about the marketplace will allow you to use this career guide again and again.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 10.2mm | 340.2g
  • Pearson
  • Upper Saddle River, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 4th edition
  • 0131183826
  • 9780131183827

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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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Table of contents


1. The Paralegal Field.
2. Where Do You Fit Into the Organization?
3. Straight Talk about Paralegal Schools.

4. How to Stand Out from the Crowd.
5. Formats for Power Resumes: The Chronological Resume.
6. Formats for Power Resumes: The Functional Resume.
7. Writing a Strong Cover Letter.
8. Networking.
9. Beginning Your Job Search.
10. Effective Job Search Strategies.
11. After You Get through the Door.
12. Handling the Job Interview Successfully.
13. Getting Paid What You Are Worth.
14. Wrapping Things Up.
17. Congratulations! You Are Hired.
Appendix A: Buzzwords.
Appendix B: Legal Assistant and Paralegal Schools.
Appendix C: Legal Assistant and Paralegal Associations.
Appendix D: Bibliography.
About the Author.
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Review quote

". . . Very realistic assessment of whether paralegal education is a benefit clear, well-organized presentation .... The illustrations are terrific. The plans and charts are very helpful for students actively engaged in a job search . . . ." - Laura Barnard, Lakeland Community College
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