Some Lawyers Plan to Rent Paralegal Services in the Next Year

In a recent survey, it was found that 1 in every 5 lawyers will soon hire paralegals for to do some of their jobs in the next year. With this, it is safe to safe that more paralegal jobs will be open to the market start next year. Robert Half Legal interviewed 5 lawyers and one admitted planning on making the hire in 12 months.

For those looking to land in one of these jobs, the minimum requirement would be a completion certification coming from paralegal education institutions that should be approved by ABA or American Bar Association. In addition, the applicant should have a college degree to prove eligibility. This was also the common requirement from the general number of attorneys.

This survey was conducted by Robert Half legal which is a consulting solutions firm that specializes in paralegals, lawyers and legal advisers and professionals. The survey itself was performed by one independent research firm and withheld 200 phone interviews with legal experts or lawyers coming from large law firms and lawyers companies around US.

Among those questions asked in the survey include “What are the certification and/or educational requirements for a paralegal at your law firm or company?” Some of the responses include the following and their specific ratio. 46% for a certification from paralegal education programs which is also ABA approved 42% for bachelor’s degree, 28% for associate degree, 18% for a combination of bachelor’s degree and certification from paralegal studies.

Charles Volkert – the senior district pres of Robert Half legal said “Law firms and corporate legal departments are increasingly hiring paralegals to enhance legal services while controlling costs.” He also adds “Paralegals with advanced education and experience in high-demand specialties will see the greatest employment opportunities and earning potential.”

Another option for professionals is the utilization of a remote paralegal company

How To Make a Resume

Good resume writing (and proper resume format) is an art form and can make the difference between getting lost in the pile and being invited in for an interview.

(Here’s the good news. We’ve dedicated an entire blog article just to resume format and the best practices for 2017 and beyond! Click here to head over to that article now!)

The problem is, a lot of people don’t see it as an art form…rather an obligation. Most people look at writing a resume as just something you have to do to get a job.

There’s no time put into it. No thought. And certainly no enthusiasm.

Just a bunch of stuff thrown on a page with the expectation that if the company really want to hire you, they should be able to look at that mess and pull what they need out of it and bring you in based off of that.

Reality check!

Research has proven that hiring managers only bring in about 1 person per 200 resumes received.

1/200…

Those are some pretty miserable odds!

Time to step up your game and go from one of the 200 to that one out of 200!

Why Do I Need a Resume

I know the (company CEO, boss, hiring manager, owner’s dog walker who works on Tuesday’s and they’ve totally promised me a job no matter what.)

If that’s true, then hey, you probably don’t need a resume…you’re essentially guaranteed the job already…but what about when that job ends?

Betcha no matter how great your hookups are right now, at some point in your career, you’re gonna need a killer resume, and luckily we’re here to tell you how to create a resume.

And not just any resume… a professional resume.

For those of us who don’t have direct connections to killer jobs, a resume is essential to getting your foot in the door.

Employers use resumes as a way to quickly screen potential applicants, selecting only the individuals they feel are right for the position, so making sure your resume is in tip-top shape is absolutely vital.

Here, let me walk you through a quick little scenario and we’ll see just how important those little pieces of paper actually are:

Imagine you’re a hiring manager and it’s your job to find the perfect candidate for an open position with your company.

You’ve trolled the usual job listing sites and posted what you’re looking for and the response has been…overwhelming.

Your desk is COVERED with resumes. Pile after pile. Stack after stack.

All you need is that one qualified person, but as you look through the piles of paperwork, you feel your stomach starting to knot up. These resumes are a mess. Most of them are sloppy, with spelling errors, confusing headings, and lists of qualifications that have absolutely NOTHING to do with the job at all. You need an IT specialist and a third of these resumes have things like ‘underwater basket weaving specialist,’ and ‘professional poodle groomer’ listed under relevant skills. How is that relevant?

You call maintenance and ask them to empty your trash can, again. It’s filling up too quickly with all these rejected candidates.

You continue to slog through the pile of papers, your eyes growing heavy with each rejection. You’re sleepy, you’re bored, and you’re frustrated. Does NOBODY really qualify for this job?

And then you see it. A single resume that’s clean, crisp and clearly written. The font is professional, the layout is well organized and thoughtful and the qualifications are…gasp…actually on target! You smile as you read it, your heavy eyes suddenly snapping open in excitement as you realize you’ve got someone here who might actually be able to do the job!

You carefully set that resume to the side, a bright yellow note stuck on top of it: “Interview THIS one.”

Then you turn back to your unending mountain of resumes. Back to the slog.

Okay. Story time is over…back to reality. How would you like to be that hiring manager?

No fun, eh? Absolutely not!

Unfortunately, odds are, your current resume is probably buried in that mountain of not quite right resumes…or worse yet, in the trash waiting to go out with the next trash run.

Wouldn’t you rather be the one with the yellow “Interview THIS one” sticky?

Heck yes!

Okay, then… it’s time to give you all the resume help you need! That’s why we created this fantastic (and free) Resume Checklist for you to use to make sure your resume stand out against your competition.  Click here to get the “perfect resume” checklist.

In this article, we’ll show you SECTION 1, “How to Build a Resume” or proper resume format and SECTION 2, “How to Write a Resume.”

What Is a Resume

Don’t laugh.

Believe it or not, some people (especially those who are completely new to the workforce) have never seen a resume before, let alone written one.

If you’re one of those people, this section is for you!

So what is a resume?

A resume is a document used by job seekers to help provide a summary of their skills, abilities and accomplishments.

In other words, a resume is typically a short and quick way for a job seeker to introduce themselves to a potential employer. (In North America a resume should not be confused with a CV. Check out our blog post on the difference between a CV and a resume if you’re interested.)

Resumes are normally submitted to hiring managers along with a cover letter(Need help writing a cover letter? Check out our article How To Write a Cover Letter 101), usually via email or on online job posting.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Just take a piece of paper and put some basic info on it and “wham, bam, thank you, ma’am, I’m right for the job and can start tomorrow,” right?

Unfortunately (or fortunately, which I’ll explain later) it’s not that easy.

In fact, writing a bad resume is much easier than writing a good one…and trust me, there are lots of bad ones out there…which is why you want to make sure you have good one…no wait, a GREAT one so when employers look at it, they say, “Heck yes, bring this kid in for an interview!”

 

What Top Data Analysts Know About You from Your Resume

The introduction of “big data” in human resource management resulted in major changes in the recruitment process. Numerous companies are starting to use analytics to lower recruitment costs while also reducing employee turnover.

What does this mean for job seekers?

Resumes are mainly processed by computers, not by people. This reduces subjectivity while at the same time facilitating the process of finding the right people for the job. By going over the information in your resume, the company will know if you are a good fit for the company or not.

Here are some interesting details data analysts will know about you while going through your resume.

1. Whether You Are Qualified or Not

Your resume is the first thing potential employers will look at to assess your qualifications based on your skills, experience, and education. Basic search algorithms will look for keywords to determine whether you are a good fit for that particular position.

Recruiters tend to look  for experienced but trainable people; if you meet at least 60 percent of the skills required in the job description, you are likely to pass the initial screening.  

2. Your Work Performance

There are specific details in your resume that could give recruiters a better idea of just how suitable you are for the position. Obvious information such as your job history or how long you have been unemployed may not matter.

In some cases, it won’t matter where you went to school; whether you took a business analytics degree online or in a prominent local institution will often be irrelevant in the screening process. Naturally, data points on recruitment are all up to the hiring company.

For instance, when hiring Sales personnel, the distance of the commute was cited as one predictor of employee performance. The metrics may change depending on your profession, but based on your resume and other personal tests, analysts can predict your work performance.

3. Expected Length of Stay with the Company

The cost of a bad hire is about 30 percent of that employee’s salary for the first year. Through a series of data points based on the information in your resume and other assessment tools in the application process, it’s possible to predict if you plan to stay for the long haul.

4. Your Success Rate

Before a company hires you, they want to determine whether you can make a sizable contribution to boosting their brand. Information included in your resume could help them in this process.

Based on one talent analytics assessment, predictors of job success in sales include success in prior jobs, experience in auto or real estate sales, and a resume free of any typographical or grammatical mistake.

These are just four things that can be predicted about you by data analysts. Combined with assessment tests and interviews, analysts can provide a more in-depth report on how suitable you are for a certain position.
 

 

How to Make Your Online MBA Stand Out on Your Resume

Getting your resume to stand out for the right reasons is one of the biggest challenges that most job seekers face these days. The reason may be the increasing competition with hundreds of people competing for the same position in a corporate organisation, as well as the fact that hiring managers have an average of six seconds to look at your resume before deciding whether you’re a good fit.

If you fail to make an impression within six seconds, you’re out of the competition. For this reason, we will outline some methods to help your online MBA stand out on your resume.

Here are the top tips:

Replace your career objectives with your qualifications

Remember that employers are looking for the best fit. Companies have issues, and the employer wants to know whether you’re capable of solving them. Be sure to list your skills and experience at the top of your resume to make things easier for the employer. Your qualifications and skills can answer their questions and tell them whether you’re a good fit.

Many positions may require a certain level of qualifications and skills, so make sure to include all of your years of customer service experience and list them in bullet point form. If a particular college degree is required, such as an MBA, make sure to list it as well. Moreover, if you think a particular skill is helpful, do not hesitate to mention it.

Your online presence

Another method to get your resume to stand out from the competition is to have a strong online presence. These days, beyond having an effective resume, anyone considering a career in marketing management should be strong in marketing and social media. Don’t forget to mention this on your resume as well.

Combine education & experience

Ass mentioned above, recruiters have only six seconds to determine whether you’re a good fit, so give them a reason to hire you by creating the perfect combination of education and experience on your resume. Hiring managers need to see evidence that suggests you have the necessary background to bring measurable improvements to their business. The right method of making your online MBA stand out on your resume is to combine your educational qualifications with your experience.

Stay up-to-date

The business world is constantly changing with the times, and so are the business tools and strategies. For this reason, your resume should show that you have the knowledge and flexibility to keep up. Look for the best place where you can mention the particular skills that you have developed over the course your education and while getting experience, whether it’s adapting to fresh work responsibilities after a promotion or working with a new software program.

Select your MBA program carefully

Remember that not all MBA programs are created equal, and employers notice where applicants earned their degrees and how much experience they have. Opting for the right online MBA course is the key to getting noticed when the employer shortlists the best candidates for the position.