Serve the Public Good
Are you driven to improve your community? You’re not alone.
The numbers don’t lie when it comes to the amount of people who work in areas of Law + Government. Over 22 million people, or 16.7% of the U.S. workforce, work in federal, state, and local governments, over 1.3 million lawyers practice within the United States, and close to 300,000 individuals work as paralegals or legal assistants.
With so many people working together to build society at its core, opportunities are prime for Gauchos looking to make a difference. Careers in Law + Government share some similarities and a few key differences--learn how you can join the movement of public servants and prepare yourself for a successful future.
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Get Hired: Paralegal Services
For complete information on job search strategies, resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, interviews, and more, review our starter tips to Get Hired in all careers as well as the specialized tips on this page.
Job Search Strategies
With applications for part-time and full-time positions in the paralegal profession, the most important steps and strategies align closely with traditional job search processes. For this reason, we recommend that you review the key stages of the process to getting hired in any career.
Many individuals search online to find paralegal positions. During your searches, utilize keywords that will provide a larger number of results, and then narrow down from there. For example, look up “paralegal” and “legal assistant” in separate searches (or use the boolean search function, "OR", when available). As always, create an email alert for each set of keywords, so that you know about jobs right away.
Beyond online searching, it can be particularly advantageous to incorporate proactive strategies into your job search. Specifically, we recommend that you reach out to local law offices and related organizations, to increase your chances of finding a position and make connections with professionals in the industry. Do this as far in advance as possible, so that you can build relationships for both the short-term and the long-term.
Review all of our recommended tips on our Job Search Strategies page.