(Closed) Cover letter help

posted 6 years ago in Career
Post # 3
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

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
2281 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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.

Good luck!

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