In many fields, networking is a wonderful tool. This is especially true for those in the paralegal field. If you have tried networking in the past, or with other lines of work, you may have thought that it was little more than asking people about prospective job leads. Networking provides not only this, but much, much more!
When you decide to network, it is one of the most excellent ways to find a good job. Not only does the more people that you know result in a better chance to find the job that is best suited to you, it is also one of the easiest ways to find jobs as soon as they become available. When you network, you can get tips about prospective jobs even before they are open. This is certainly a better method of job-seeking than having to rely on classified advertisements.
In addition to being made aware of jobs, good networking can also help you to land the job that you want. If you know someone who is already working for a specific law firm, the person may be able to put in a positive word for you, or at least serve as a reference. Having a reference who is with the firm where you wish to work is definitely a “plus” toward landing that great job! You will have a much better chance of getting hired than if you had merely filled out an application or requested an interview completely on your own.
Networking, however, can give you other benefits that are not directly associated with finding and getting hired at a job. Networking can give you many opportunities for positive interaction with others who are in your field. Comparing notes with other people who are in the same line of work will help both you and them to stay up-to-date with such all-important factors as changes in paralegal regulations, hiring trends, and opportunities for further education.
When you network, sharing your experiences with others can be beneficial to all concerned. What you and they like the most about the job, or the line of work in general, problems which need to be resolved, the variety in courses of paralegal study, and future goals within the field are all aspects of a paralegal’s everyday life which can be greatly enhanced from discussions with other paralegals. You may be able to offer your objective input or opinion on something that another person has been struggling with; and you will find others who can do the same for you.
Networking does not have to be limited to interacting with other paralegals. The wider of a range of people whom you know is a great asset. You may find job opportunities, information about education, and wonderful new friendships, in places that you had not even considered before. Whether you are still in the process of your paralegal studies, looking for or already in a job, networking can open up a whole new world of possibilities.