How to Get Jobs Working From Home in the Legal Field

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The growth of the Internet and other technology has made working from home easier than ever. An individual can work from home in just about any career, including legal jobs. More and more home-based paralegal, legal transcription and even lawyer jobs are being posted on job sites. But like any other job, getting hired requires having the right skills and experience and a professional resume.

Turning Your Current Legal Job Into a Home-Based Job

  • List your job duties that can be performed at home. It's much easier to turn an existing legal job into a home-based job than to go out and get hired for one. Start by listing all your job duties that can be done from home, such as research, writing and phone calls.

  • Write a work-at-home proposal that outlines your contributions to the organization, your proposed work schedule and work duties you'll be doing from home. Let your boss know how he can contact you if he has questions about your work, specific legal clients you're involved with or other work-related issues.

  • Present your proposal to your boss. Focus on the benefits your company will receive, such as increased billable hours or productivity or decreased overhead. Avoid discussing your personal work issues, such as commute time or childcare hassles.

Find a Work-At-Home Job in the Legal Field

  • Write a professional resume, including details on your education and work experience. A resume isn't just a list of your achievements. It's a sales document designed to promote you as the best paralegal or lawyer for the job. Use strong active verbs and proofread for grammatical and spelling errors.

  • Search for openings on legal job sites. Legal Employ (http://www.legalemploy.com/) lists many legal jobs. It's easy to search legal employment sites. In the job search boxes, include the job type (i.e. paralegal) and in the space for keyword, use work-at-home related words such as telecommute, contract, freelance or even work-at-home.

  • Search for positions on general job search sites. Careerbuilder.com, Monster.com and Craigslist.org are good resources for home-based legal jobs. Careerbuilder and Monster allow you to search by keyword first (i.e. telecommute), then by job area (i.e. legal). At Craigslist, search your local area first, then other cities in your state. Most legal jobs want workers in the same state, especially board-passed lawyers. But if you do legal transcription, paralegal work or legal research, you may be able to get hired by an out-of-state firm.

  • Tweak your resume to fit the job you're applying for. Generic resumes don't do as well as tailored ones. When you find a job you like, go through your resume and modify it to fit the specific job, focusing on the requirements of the job. If the job is related to intellectual property law and you have experience in that area, be sure you highlight that in your resume.

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