According to BLS.gov:
“Employment of paralegals and legal assistants is projected to grow 17 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. This occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained paralegals with strong computer and database management skills should have the best job prospects.”
Finding in-house legal jobs is not as hard as many may believe. With the right skills and most of all presenting your skills in the best possible way is the key to demonstrating your expertise and passion in the field.
Let’s have a look at what you may be required to have as a strong skill-set for the most in-house legal jobs.
Part of your responsibilities as an in-house counsel may include:
- Good writing and communications skills with tasks to draft, negotiate various commercial contracts
- Your expertise may be required for advice, guidance and counsel on wide variety of matters in the areas of commercial law, advertising, employment law, intellectual property, corporate law, and consumer law
- General knowledge and ability to conduct research on corporate law and regulatory affairs
Apart from the above some general requirements of good skills list includes information on any complex transactions that you have managed independently, negotiation skills wins, team and time management, expertise on managing data and working with spread sheets, organization and problem solving.
Now you know the expectations, prepare your resume in way to highlight how you have accomplished these requirements in recent past.
The infographic below shows where the legal jobs are in 2014:
Credit: Robert Half Legal
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