Post # 1
I would rather go to the dentist than write cover letters. I feel like I am terrible at this and I know that it is your first impression to a future employer!
Question for anyone who might be a pro at this. I am an attorney but currently working as a paralegal, how do I mention this in my cover letter? Do I straight up say it and what I do or is something that I’m working at during my job search? Please help!
Post # 3
I am no pro, nor am I an attourney, but what I would do is say something like
“Currently, I am a certified attourney (or however lawyers say they are qualified) in the state of NY (or wherever you are) working as a paralegal.”
I think that will be sufficient enough to let them know that you are working as a paralegal during a job search. I don’t think that you need to spell it out for them, but should mention your current position. Good luck!
Post # 4
What changed cover letters for me forever was these bits of advice:
1- the cover letter tells them quickly how to interpret your resume. this is the place to answer questions you know they’ll have, since there’s no place to do so on the resume itself (why a 2 years hiatus between jobs, or, why it looks like it took 6 years to finish a degree, etc.). In your case, this is where you explain how your experience as a paralegal prepares you for this particular job. The resume is the just-the-facts data, the cover letter is the narrative.
2- the cover letter should be framed in four short sections. First, a greeting stating what job you’re applying for. Second, an explanation of why you’re the right person for the job. Third, an explanation of why this job is the right job for you. Fourth, a closing restating your interest and how you’re looking forward to hearing from them, etc, etc. The middle two sections should very briefly reference relevant content from your resume.
3- abandon the fear that you’ll sound like you’re praising yourself too highly. If you Donald Trump it, and say you’re the best paralegal in the country, yes, that’s too much. But it’s appropriate to describe yourself as a hard worker, a strong group collaborator, a dedicated employee, etc. Find middle of the road descriptors – positive, strong, committed – and use them.