Paralegals are in demand these days. The profession is even opposing the trend of the rest of the labor market, and it’s heading upward.
Even data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) say paralegal employment will grow up to 17% between 2012 and 2022.
It’s obviously booming.
The less obvious thing about it is that more people are making a career out of it. This means there will be tighter competition for open jobs.
As a paralegal, now is the time to up your game and become the company’s MVP — most valuable paralegal. Here are some ways to help you do just that:
Take Your Education Higher
It used to be that becoming a paralegal didn’t require a degree. That was when the profession was new and few people were going to school for legal studies. Today, more employers are starting to make degrees part of the requirements.
The quickest route to take your education higher is to attend paralegal school for a certification program. Most of these programs take less than a year to complete. You can even take classes online.
Take Voluntary Certifications
Some certifications that can earn you the status of Registered Paralegal or Certified Paralegal can also make you a very valuable employee. It can even boost your resume and make it better than the rest.
Employers want to see that paralegals are on a constant quest for learning and education. It also shows your professional growth, as well as your commitment to your chosen profession.
Implement Positive Changes
You can impress your employer by implementing positive changes in the office. For instance, you can streamline the office phone system or do something to reduce the paperwork. You can even implement the use of a trusted online manager to help free up some time for other important tasks. Remember that employers are always looking at the bottom line, and by doing this, you’re helping them save both time and money.
With these strategies, you can position yourself to ride the wave of increased employment opportunities in your paralegal career.