Make Your Paralegal Resume Stand Out and Help You Get Your First Job

Make Your Paralegal Resume Stand Out and Help You Get Your First Job

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, paralegal jobs are growing steadily—but that does not mean there is no competition.

Note: The data provided above are from a source unaffiliated with Campus, formerly known as MTI College, are for informational purposes only and represent the employment field as a whole. They are not solely specific to Campus graduates and, by providing the above information, Campus makes no representation, direct or implied, or opinion regarding employability.

The Campus online Paralegal Studies program prepares you with the education you need to gain an entry-level paralegal job. That, plus your perseverance, dedication, and top-notch resume, can help you plead your case for that important first job.

So, what do you put on your resume if you have just completed your Paralegal Degree and have little work experience?

1. Start with a summary.

Highlight your work ethic; dedication and general traits that apply to the way you work. This is a place to pat yourself on the back.

2. Highlight your education.

State your school, degree and graduation year. Show any additional classes, workshops or certification programs that you attended.

3. Emphasize your skills.

Detail any skills that are relevant to your paralegal career.

4, Showcase relevant experience.

If it is your first paralegal job, list internships even if they were unpaid and highlight accomplishments. Include volunteer work in your community.

5. Indicate relevant certifications and memberships.

Are you a Certified Paralegal Assistant (CP) through NALA? Member of SVPA, NFPA?

Regardless of what is included on your resume, always be positive, clear and concise, and use action verbs. Use conservative language and standard fonts (Arial, Times New Roman). Proofread and read through for any errors -and ask a detail-minded friend to review for any errors.