LinkedIn Profile Basics for Paralegals

We continue with our Paralegal Job Search Series and in this episode, we’re going to help you get a LinkedIn profile.  If you already have a LinkedIn profile, you can get some tips on improving or updating your current LinkedIn profile. 

If you are looking for a paralegal or legal assistant job and you are not on LinkedIn, you are severely impacting your job search results. 

Did you know that more than 98% of all recruiters use LinkedIn to FIND paralegal candidates? And that more than 90% of all hiring managers also use LinkedIn to FIND people like you when they are looking to fill a paralegal position?

Watch this quick video on how you can easily get a LinkedIn profile done today.  And then read below for some follow-up tips to get the most out of LinkedIn after you’ve got a profile set up.

This video is part of our free Paralegal Job Search Bootcamp that we are providing to paralegal professionals who have been affected by the recent pandemic and the layoffs associated with it.

 

After you have a LinkedIn profile, consider joining LinkedIn Groups to:

  1.  Get more connections in the legal industry
  2.  Get notified of job postings (recruiters and law firm managers post in the groups)
  3.  Keep current on industry news
  4.  Find connections in the industry

 

The following is a list of suggested paralegal groups to join on LinkedIn to increase your exposure and connections:

  • Your local paralegal association group
  • Your state’s paralegal association group
  • National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
  • National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
  • Paralegal Alliance
  • Paralegal Jobs & Continuing Education
  • The Paralegal Group
  • The Paralegal Network
  • Paralegal & Legal Support Jobs
  • Legal HR, Recruiting & Professional Development
  • E-Legal
  • Law Jobs Network
  • Law & Legal Jobs
  • NALS, the association for legal professionals
  • Litigation Paralegal Network
  • Practice-Specific Groups, such as:
    • Intellectual Property
    • Litigation Support
    • Real Estate

paralegal cover letter sample 

Have you joined our free Paralegal Job Search Bootcamp series?

We started with our Paralegal Resume Writing Workshop last week and then held a Drafting Your Cover Letter session after that.

Head on over here to sign up if you want help drafting a paralegal resume, getting a LinkedIn profile, preparing for an interview, and more.  

If you’re looking for interview tips, check out our article on Paralegal Interview Questions to Be Prepared to Answer.

 

About the Presenter

Paralegal BlogAnn Pearson is the Founder of the Paralegal Boot Camp, specializing in training for paralegals that focuses on the important paralegal skills to become an indispensable member of the legal team. Ann teaches the “Paralegal Job Search and Career Development Skills” class at Emory University’s Paralegal Program.

Throughout her 25+ years in the legal industry, Ann has reviewed thousands of paralegal resumes and interviewed hundreds of legal support professionals. She started her paralegal career as a litigation paralegal and then was a paralegal manager for many years prior to starting the Paralegal Boot Camp in 2010. 

When she’s not working, you can usually find her somewhere near an ocean – either scuba diving, boating, cleaning up a beach, or volunteering to help save sea turtles.

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