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 The 10 Things I Have Learned in My First Year as a Freelance Paralegal 

. At the beginning of August 2022, I made one of the boldest moves of my career: I quit my well-paying full-time job as an in-house litigation paralegal at a health and wellness company and put out my shingle as a freelance paralegal. It was simultaneously thrilling and terrifying. Luckily I had a few things in the "Pros" column when I made my decision. One was that I had been freelancing on the...

What You Don’t Know About the Paralegal Job Market

The 10 Hottest Job Market Questions By Chere B. Estrin Whether you are looking for a new position, seeking to move up the ladder or just staying where you are, knowledge of the job market is imperative in this ever-changing, moving target, candidate tight market.  Here are the top 9 concerns, questions, and hottest topics for today’s job market The Goldman Sachs white paper states...

Taking a Stand Against Hate, Discrimination & Anti-Semitism

15 years of Racism Destroys 2 High Profile Attorneys Last week, the LA Times reported on one of the biggest law firm scandals of the year.  “Last month, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, one of the nation’s largest law firms, was rocked by the announcement that two top partners were starting their own boutique practice and taking as many as 140 colleagues with them. The shock inside...

To All First Generation Professionals, You Are a Gift 

by Kim Barrett, MBA, MPS As is the case with many first-generation professionals, I grew up with only the bare necessities and attended public school. Neither of my parents attended college. In fact, neither of them even graduated high school. It wasn’t until they were well into adulthood that they each (separately) earned a GED. They worked, but didn’t make a lot of...

This thing called AI: Will it help you or will it harm you?

By Chere B. Estrin This is the first of a two-part series. Next, we chat with Tara Eberhart, Paralegal Manager of an AmLaw firm who can straighten us out as to whether the paralegal position is about to be wiped out.  I sat down with Dr. Don Billings, a long-time colleague, who knows just about anything one needs to know about legal technology and beyond. I figured he was one of the best to...

10 Reasons Why I Won’t Hire You

or, Ten Reasons you’ll get Rejected for the Job you Want. by Chere Estrin I'm jaded, I know it. Right now, I'm cynical, sarcastic and frustrated. Even I wouldn't want to work for me. But - (and there's always a "but", isn't there?), I have had just the most straining, draining and downright paining time trying to hire a couple of people. Let me explain, please.   There comes a time...

2023 Communication Essentials 

By Joseph Lavelle, Esq. and Maureen C. Washington, ACP, CAS  What is one word with thirteen characters that can lead to loss or victory?  COMMUNICATION. Thousands, maybe millions, of articles have been written that describe, define, characterize, explain, or expound on this essential durable skill. But what does this combination of five syllables, four vowels, and four consonants...

How to Ruin Your Career in 5 Easy Steps

Chere B. Estrin As CEO of a prominent (yes, let’s acknowledge it here!), staffing organization, I talk to lots of unhappy or frustrated people, not exactly my favorite thing. As someone who loves coming to work, my Pollyanna attitude is that everyone should have the same experience. Sadly, that’s not the case. What I have found dealing with thousands of legal professionals throughout my...

Your Law Firm’s Employees Cost Too Much to Lose

by Blake Lively with Comments From Chere Estrin Blake Lively nailed this concept about the value of your team in her article, "Your Law Firm’s Employees Cost Too Much to Lose.  If you are in law firm management, you simply MUST read this article Chere Estrin What does it cost to replace an attorney in your law firm? In the end, more time than you realize. Let’s look at...

Just a short note about a terrible new trend in submitting resumes.

By Chere B. Estrin Have you wondered why you are not getting a great response to your resume, even though you meet all the criteria? If you are not listing your city and state, chances are 90% that your resume will not get accepted. I noticed this is a new trend now and all I can say is “Don’t do it.’ Why? Because recruiters and employers want to know if they are wasting their time. Most...