I can still feel the frustration of attempting to land my first legal position. I had no contacts, no relevant experience, and, like many recent graduates, a mediocre-at-best CV.
I began by submitting a paralegal job application. My mother, who looks after my family, tried to assist, but I had to figure out how to fill out job applications on my own. Though I received more than my fair share of rejections, after landing my first job, I was able to land a training contract.
The paralegal’s job has changed dramatically. It is now common for paralegals to handle their legal work, and it is acknowledged as a legitimate career path. Aspiring solicitors frequently choose the paralegal route since they can use the experience. to boost their chances of being offered a training contract. But getting one of these jobs might be quite difficult.
The following advice will help you advance:
1. Recruit for positions in the fields you studied.
If you are a law student and cannot articulate your interest in the position, there is little value in applying for it. I had studied advanced litigation and media law when I was hired as a paralegal for technology, media, and telecom disputes, even though I had no prior experience. This allowed me to discuss my motivation for applying for the position. Make sure to use your research to support why you want to work as a paralegal in a specific field.
2. Modify your resume to the position
Although it seems clear, this is a common CV error. Include your excellent grades in commercial law first if you’re seeking a position as a commercial paralegal. The commercial property paralegal at EHL Commercial Law, Ramnish Sharma, concurs: “Getting the interview required me to tailor my CV to the role I was seeking for.
I was soon recognized by the hiring team as having the necessary abilities and qualities for the position. It was important to show that I am methodical and dedicated to getting a job, and I was able to do that. The most pertinent information should be placed at the top of the page because recruiters only read CVs for a few seconds on average.
3. Work with a paralegal employment service
Usually, entry-level paralegal positions are published. Make sure you register with legal recruiters because a lot of law firms are increasingly employing them to discover personnel.
To do this, you normally contact a recruitment agency and email your Resume. They will let you know when a position that suits you opens up and will submit your name for consideration.
Zahra Taylor, a paralegal at Smiths & Lamellae Solicitors, says, “I found the usage of agencies to be essential especially when you are working comprehensively and don’t automatically have as much time as you would want to seek opportunities.” Also, an agency will spend time finding positions for you and have connections with law firms directly.
4. Websites of law companies
Look at the websites of the law firms in your neighborhood to see if any paralegal positions are available. Also check websites of professional law societies, including the Law Society of England and Wales, the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission, and the Law Society of Northern Ireland, should be checked.
Go to trade shows and meet people working in the legal sector. You will have the chance to find out about employment openings and make connections with potential companies.
6. Local social media groups
Go through local social media groups on sites like Facebook or LinkedIn. There might be groups specifically for posting job openings, or you could make a general post asking if anyone is aware of any open paralegal positions.