Paralegals will benefit from changes to the field
Remember when corporations were trusted entities, jobs were obtained after a quick reference check (or none at all) and all those who wanted to could call themselves paralegals?
Today, four trends are reshaping the paralegal field. Ignore these at your peril: if you don’t educate yourself about the latest innovations in legal, social and business practices, you’ll be left sitting on the dock as the ship pulls away.
1. Learn About Social Networks
Even if you don’t understand what all the excitement is about (particularly if you are past 40), web-based social networking is hotter than ever. Sites such as Facebook, My Space, Linkedin, and other Web 2.0 communities have enabled millions of people to amass a rich network of old and new friends. With the click of the mouse, you can learn more about them than you could have shared in years.
Once you create a profile that includes your date of birth, home town, high school, college, employer, political views, and marital status, you start inviting people to be your friend. Other people invite you to be their friend, too, including people you don’t even know. On business networking sites such as LinkedIn, business “friends” write references for you and people are introduced to potential clients, employers and colleagues. You can even send a virtual martini to a sales prospect to break the ice.
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By: Chere Estrin