How to Write a Winning Resume for an Entry-Level Paralegal

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It is not necessary for a person to have special training or education in order to work as a paralegal. Many people learn while on the job. Some attorneys, particularly solo practices and small firms, are willing to give would-be paralegal candidates who lack a lot of experience an entry-level chance. The first step to finding such an employer is to write a winning resume for the position.

  • Decide whether or not you wish to pursue paralegal certification. There are many certification programs offered by schools and institutions across the country. While it is not necessary to have a paralegal certificate, it can be an effective way to show attorneys that you are committed to the paralegal career path.

  • Take stock of your work history. All legal work experience, in any capacity, will enhance an entry-level paralegal resume. Administrative work experience is also favorable.

  • Consider volunteering your time at a legal aid office in your area. This service provides low-cost legal assistance to people in a variety of law areas. You can gain real-world experience in the field and network with attorneys and other professionals who may have a need for a paralegal.

  • Call two supervisors with whom you have previous work experience and tell them you are seeking a job as a paralegal. Ask them if they will give a positive reference regarding your work habits to potential employers.

  • Format your resume in a professional manner. Do not use cursive fonts and illegible type sizes. When you print copies, use white or cream-bonded cotton/linen paper.

  • Begin your resume by writing a one- or two-sentence objective that details your desire for an entry-level paralegal job. Follow this with your work history, which should include the company's name, your position and a brief description of your responsibilities and the dates you were employed. Next, include your educational history. And finally at the bottom of the resume, add "Excellent references available upon request."

  • Prepare a one-page cover letter that outlines your search for an entry-level paralegal position and why you think you would be good at the job. Include enough information to catch a potential employer's interest, but do not drone on just fill up space on the page.

Tips & Warnings

  • An entry-level paralegal resume should be one to two pages long.
  • Have at least two people review your resume for typos, misspellings and grammatical errors before you send it to any attorneys or law firms. Perfect grammar is a must on every resume!

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