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July 23, 2014
RE: Paralegal, July 23, 2014
Dear Betty Baker,
As a recent graduate of the University of Washington’s paralegal certification program, it is with great excitement I submit my resume for consideration to become a valued member of Fahlman Olson & Little’s administrative team. In addition to my formal paralegal education and training, my customer service, time management, communication skills, and multi-tasking abilities make me an excellent match for the unique demands of this opportunity.
As my resume indicates, I have recently completed the paralegal certification program at the University of Washington where I studied and analyzed diverse legal concepts, ranging from litigation and lawsuit lifecycles to legal research and writing, and encompassing a broad range of litigation specialties, including business law and estate planning.
My resume provides further detail on my talent for team collaboration and passion for problem solving. I am eager to apply my knowledge and training to advance Fahlman Olson & Little’s mission and philosophy. I look forward to setting up a meeting to discuss in greater detail how I can benefit your organization.
I am certain that my resume will give you a greater understanding of my qualifications for this exciting opportunity. I will call your office on July 23, 2014 to discuss the arrangement of a formal meeting.
I'm not in Orlando and can't comment on the market down there or even up here for legal secretaries. The legal field in general up here has been pretty decimated as far as attorneys and paralegals go.
It couldn't hurt to send out blind resumes as you suggested. You may get lucky and get a call. You never know.
I will say that I did the same up here five months ago. I called approximately 50 firms, got the names of the person in charge of hiring paralegals and wrote letters directly to them. I have a good deal of litigation experience, including more than quite a few years at my last position.
I believe I got 6-7 form letters back. I did not receive a single call.
I'm not trying to deter you. I'm just relating my experience.
I think the best way to get a job now is to happen to know someone who knows of a job opening so that you might have a head start before they conduct any long, drawn out search.
One last thing. I know it's hard, but you can't take any of the rejection personally. A lot of prospective employers will not treat you professionally. That's just the new normal in my experience.
Good luck. Seriously.