Best Practices for a Dynamic LinkedIn Profile

Get noticed and move your career upward! By Chere Estrin and Nora Boghossian Creating your LinkedIn profile How your LinkedIn profile is written, what it says about you, how it distinguishes your personality, are all critical factors employers want to know to choose you as a candidate. In this overwhelming and competitive market, your LinkedIn profile is as important as your resume. Rarely, does...

Emily Weber: How to Be a Top Lawyer in Your Field

By Chere Estrin What does it take to become a successful lawyer in your particular niche or practice area? In a series of in-depth interviews for the Estrin Report, Chere Estrin profiles top lawyers from all types of practices. In this column, we zero in on their top tips. This week, we feature Emily Weber of Foley & Lardner LLP. Emily Weber Managing PartnerFoley & Lardner...

How to Become a Virtual Legal Assistant

Is there a brand new career just waiting for you? What exactly is a Virtual Assistant or VA?  Simply put, a VA is someone who works remotely, online whether from their home or office. They are independent contractors or employees who work and use technology to deliver services. They provide administrative, technical, social media and creative services to clients. Virtual assistants specialize...

Tips for Job Seekers and Employers

Tips for Job Seekers and Employers: For those of you seeking a dynamic new job: Do not use a resume that is “one size fits all”. Tailor your resume to the job description. Employers will not imagine that you have had the right responsibilities for the job if it is not on the resume. For those of you seeking a top candidate: Don’t waste your time with what you think are “behavioral”...

Paralegal Jobs Are Vanishing According to New AP Analysis

Bad, Bad News for Paralegals Paralegal jobs are vanishing according to a recent analysis.  In fact, out of the top disappearing jobs, paralegal is in the top 7 positions.    For years, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that the paralegal position was one of the fastest growing fields.  In fact, as recently as 2011, the BLS predicted that from 2010 - 2020, paralegals...

Going On’s…..This ‘n Thats…..

Tough week?  Take a few moments to enjoy our guest blogger, Celia Elwell, RP and senior paralegal, who sends us interesting links and articles.  Enjoy! Judge Throws Out RICO Claims Against Johnson & Johnson, by Shannon P. Duffy, The Legal Judge Dismisses BP Oil Spill Fraud Lawsuit, by Maureen Cosgrove, Awards $900 Thousand In Age Discrimination Case, by Ellen Simon, Employee’s...

“Consultant Compatibility: Take the Quiz”

Always good to have thoughtful checklists for hiring vendors, I say. And this quiz from Legal Technology looks very helpful:"There's a saying that starts, 'You know you're in trouble if ...' But sometimes, by the time you know you're in trouble, it's too late to start asking 'Why?' "One example of such a time is with e-discovery and legal technology projects. If you're halfway through...

“How to Treat the Touchy Colleague”

Ah, I'm sure every reader has run across such situations. Good news -- this Business Week article offers helpful advice:"Sometimes, even casual exchanges can set co-workers off. When you hit a nerve, learn from the experience instead of snapping back "It's pleasant to walk into the office on a sunny morning and hear 'Good morning!' from your cheerful co-workers. It's something else...

“How to Command Respect through Body Language”

Really long list -- 101 bullets! -- of sometimes obvious, but mostly helpful, tips for improving how people respond to you:"Some people are the center of attention wherever they go. They’re not glamorous movie stars, just ordinary people with excellent command over their body language. Here are some pointers to help you emulate these confident people and command respect from those around...

“Seven tips for making yourself happier IN THE NEXT HOUR”

Not exactly on topic, but what paralegal doesn't need a boost now & then? These quick "how to be happy" tips look good to me! "You can make yourself happier – and this doesn’t have to be a long-term ambition. You can start right now. In the next hour, check off as many of the following items as possible. Each of these accomplishments will lift your mood, as will the mere...