So, I work in the legal industry as a paralegal. I am clinging on to my 10ish months of experience. How do I get the next job when I don’t have the years of experience they require?
I can work at the front desk, as office secretary, and conduct the patrol for safe environment.
I merged all kinds of documents. Trusts mostly. Addresses for letters. Getting ready for trials. Working on files. Making appointments. I enjoyed my employer.
Honestly I did not think that I would be back on this board, well at least, not unemployed. What I thought was a dream job ended up being the same as the previous jobs. It's okay. People will be people and jobs, come a dime a dozen, right? (Sarcasm intended).
While yet, I truly enjoyed my profession it was a miracle that I had received that position because what the community colleges did not tell their students before they enrolled happily (sarcasm again) is that for a paralegal position the Associates of Applied Science will not be enough. Now, most paralegal positions out there or almost ALL (capitalization for emphasis) paralegal position will want NOT ONLY experience, NOT ONLY a Bachelor's degree but also that a paralegal to be CERTIFIED (more money and more education on the stuff you just learned). That Associates Degree that you were lead to believe would be enough, is NOT.
Laugh it off, cry, yell, scream, or do whatever you have to do (as long as it is most definitely LEGAL) then, pick yourself off the floor, dust yourself off, wash your face, and get yourself back into college to earn that Bachelor's (which ever type of Bachelor's degree you choose) degree because I can almost guarantee you by the time you graduate with your Bachelor's Degree that neither will be enough. However, I won't promise that. I laugh as I say this because we spend $20,000.00 and more LOTS more in students loans to get an education only to find out we will need MORE. Do you feel better now?
Word to the young yuppies just graduating out there from High School, and headed to a community college, get your act cleaned up, and spit spot, from your high school days because if you haven't already realized this you will be packing it up and packing it in for at least 4 - 6 years. And if, you intend to go to Law School pack it up for 6 - 8 years, kiss your social life Goodbye and hug that part- time job (or full time), hug those those books because those will be your companion, your lover, your friend, your comrade, your drinking buddy, your social buddy UNTIL you have completely finished with ALL the required education for the professional job you are seeking. Think I'm kidding? HA!
Enjoy the road trip. I am right there with you. The only difference between you and I is, you are just starting out fresh and young as "Spring chickens" as some call it. While, I am starting out, well, does grandma ring a bell?. lol
Hello, I'm trying to transition into another field of work in which I have very little work experience to place on a resume for this position although I have a degree as a paralegal. Can anyone in this community give advice as to where I can perhaps apply for a opportunity to get a chance in this field...is there any hope or opportunity to acheive my goal
Hi. This is going to be a long post but need somewhere to vent. My name is Carrie and I am 57. I am just dismayed at how hard it is to get a decent job, let alone a decent interview. I am working right now as a caregiver for $10.65 an hour. I am lucky if I get 18 hours a week with the company I am with. I've been with them six months and took the job as I desperately needed some income after being unemployed for 5 months and not finding a job. I formerly worked for a company for only 4 months and 150 of us were given a little box of our possessions after showing up for work on a Monday.
It took me 3.5 months to find that job! Anyway, my job now is awful. I can hardly afford to pay rent or even put gas in my car. The stress of worrying about lack of money and looking for a better job is now over the top and has affected my physical health which I am getting medical help with. I am single and have no backup funds left.
Background is 15 years in legal field as a secretary and paralegal. Then my son was diagnosed with autism and I quit working. Stayed home and started an at-home business and ran that for 15 years. Economy tanked and so did it. During that time I got engaged and fiancee was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. I was his caregiver for 2.5 years until he died.
I have had my resume done 4 times in the last 1.5 years by professional resume writers. Everyone counseled me differently - "remove this, add that, try to hide your age, don't tell anyone about your son or that you were a caregiver for your fiancee, don't put your schooling re legal field as it dates you". Age was discussed with a placement agency guy and he actually told me that yes, there is alot of age discrimination.
I am at the point where i am wandering around in confusion here. I wake up at night having panic attacks with dreams of being homeless. I feel I have so much to offer an employer but I cannot do telemarketing/phone sales. I hate looking for work on the job sites as everything dumps into a black hole it seems.
BTW I wanted to go back into the legal field, but it's been 23 years since I worked in that field and I don't see that happening. I also don't have a real network of people so I feel like I am on my own. I am at a loss as to what direction I should go in. Need money to live in this world.
I am tightly holding on to my faith but some days are pretty tough to keep that faith. Sorry for the long rant. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
I've been a litigation paralegal for many years, and now I've come home to central Florida! After leaving Orlando in 2006 for my husband's job in Las Vegas, NV, we are happy to be home at last! I have extensive experience working with a variety of practices from small to very large firms. I am anxious to get back to work, and am living in the Oviedo area. I excel when working as part of a team, and my specialties are research, all aspects of litigation, from intake through extensive trial preparation, and appellate work. While technology is great, I have to admit that sometimes I miss being able to sit down and have a face to face with people. Annie R. Oviedo, FL