The Underpaid Paralegal

by Veronica Paulino Are you feeling like an underpaid paralegal? As paralegals, it’s our job to provide support to attorneys and clients, dedicating countless hours to research, investigation, drafting, and client engagement. You serve as the point of contact when the attorney is not available. You also put in just as much dedication and effort into every case as the attorney. How often have...

About That Performance Review You Just Received: 11 Proven Steps to Flip the Script and Shine Again!”

  Well, well, well, they said what about your performance? Surprise, surprise, it's performance review time! You strut in there like you own the place, expecting a standing ovation, a raise that could buy a small country, and maybe even a golden trophy labeled "Employee of the Millennium." But hold the confetti! Instead of the anticipated praise, you get hit with a review suggesting your...

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...

Are you a Corporate Paralegal? You may just be in luck.

Today, it’s a matter of dollars and sense. By Chere B. Estrin Are you happy in your job? Would you like to be happier? I have never witnessed  a job market quite like this one. Honest, I haven’t. It’s a circus out there. Law firms and in-house legal departments are coming at us with request upon request upon request (ok, you get it) for corporate paralegals all over the country....

5 Tips for Making Recruiters Your Best Friend and Career Miracle Worker

  Recruiters can be your best ally in developing your career. It’s that time again. We struggle as to whether it’s time to change jobs, hang in there or be thankful we’re in the best firm in the world. Well, maybe the best. OK, the best so far. Working with a good recruiter can help make your career. Here’s the inside scoop: Recruiters, and I am talking about the staffing agency kind,...

It Must Be Time to Quit My Job When…..

Quitting a job is tough. Sometimes, it's harder to quit a job than it is to seek a new one. You hesitate to make the move because you are asking yourself: How will the firm get along with out me? Will I have enough time to train my replacement? They just gave me a raise. Someone is going to get mad at me. I know what I have and don't know what I'll get into." And other career blocking...

Has Ghosting Hit Your Career?

Ghosting: The act of not showing up. It happens all the time in the dating world but a new phenomenon has hit the job market. The new Beige Book from the Federal Reserve Bank now contains this millennial slang to describe a rising trend in the workplace.  The mention in the Fed publication, formally known as the Summary of Commentary on Current Economic Conditions, gives us  a...

Is it time for an alternative career? Lots of options, lots of choices.

It’s that time of the year. You have received your raise and have politely waited a month or so after receiving your bonus. You have looked grateful and appreciative (all the while thinking, you’re giving me this after I worked that?) and now, frankly, you’ve been circling Indeed and quietly checking out job listings. But this time, you are thinking, “You know, am I going to find another...

Are You Calling Me Fat? …..And Other Little Career Mistakes

A few years back, when I was a Paralegal Administrator for a major law firm, the Director of Administration took me to lunch at the Yorkshire Grill. He plied me full of a pastrami sandwich and insisted that I order the potato salad full of creamy, yummy mayonnaise, a big kosher pickle and lots of salty potato chips. A diet Coke went along with it. God forbid I should get too many calories. As we...