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Fall 2015 Career Services Workshops

3 Sep

Resume Building Workshop(Limited to 30 students)

Open to students in their last two semesters of a program – check with your instructor to make sure that they have not scheduled this workshop to be held in your class at a different time.

Tuesday, October 6, 11am-12:30pm

To register go here.

Linked In Workshops: (Limited to 25 students)

Bring a copy of your resume and get ready to set up your Linked In account. We will discuss how to set up an account as well as some tips on networking using this application.

Wednesday, September 9, 10am-11:30am, register here.

Thursday, November 12, 10am-11:30am, register here.

Interview Skills/Resume Building Workshop: (Limited to 40 students)

Open to students in their last two semesters of a program – check with your instructor to make sure that they have not scheduled this workshop to be held in your class at a different time.

Wednesday, November 18, 10am-12pm
, register here.

Resume Reviews: Students in the last two semesters of a CTP* or HT program may submit their completed resumes via email for review. Submit your resume in a Word document to Reviews may take up to 7 days to be returned with suggested edits/comments. The last date that resume reviews will be accepted for this semester is December 3rd, so please get them in as early as possible.

For more information regarding possible one-on-one mock interviews or other career services, please contact Carla Kent at

*CTP includes paralegal technology students


Save the Date! NCPA Meet & Mingle – May 13

22 Apr

NCPA logoThe North Carolina Paralegal Association is hosting a “Meet and Mingle” on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at Midtown Grille in North Hills (4421-115 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh).

They will be accepting donations for Military Missions in Action. You can check out the list of needed items at

Please RSVP to no later than 5 p.m. Monday, May 11, 2015.

This is an outstanding opportunity to network! And remember, NCPA student membership is free. Applications can be found here.

See you there!

Special Counsel Releases “The Guide to U.S. Legal Sector Hubs”

16 Apr

Special Counsel, a staffing firm specializing in attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff, has released an infographic showing where the growth opportunities are in the United States. They attribute their findings to information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, and their own internal hiring data. Of particular interest is the potential for paralegals entering the E-discovery field.

Job Opportunity – Raleigh, NC

16 Dec

Civil Litigation Paralegal Needed

From Kurtz & Blum:

F/T Civil Litigation Paralegal/Legal Assistant needed to support a civil attorney in civil practice located within multi-discipline downtown Raleigh law firm. Computer proficiency, attention to detail, and strong organizational skills a must. Paralegal certification not required but desired; Spanish proficiency a plus. Must drive and have car. Experience in PI, prof. negligence and family law especially helpful. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and three references to Kurtz & Blum, 434 Fayetteville St., Suite 710 Raleigh, NC 27601 (Attention Byron Jennings). They may also be faxed to (919) 832-2740 or emailed to

Job Opportunity – Estate Law – Asheboro, NC

1 Dec

We’ve received a job posting from Ivey & Eggleston.

Job Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Legal Assistant-Estates is to take ownership of the firm’s Estate matters, providing outstanding and compassionate customer service to clients, as well as first-rate legal support to the firm’s attorneys. This includes management and accounting of Estate files, research and analysis, document preparation and review, information discovery, and assisting with client intake interviews.


1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
2. 2+ years in Estate planning and administration at a law firm.
3. North Carolina Certified Paralegal preferred.


1. Excellent communication skills.
2. Able to deliver outstanding customer service in a professional and friendly manner.
3. Positive, can-do attitude, with a commitment to excellence.
4. Able to think independently and make good judgments to resolve issues without supervision.
5. Capable of working under pressure and of multi-tasking.
6. Organized and detail-oriented.
7. Excellent computer skills

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
Ivey & Eggleston
Attorneys at Law
111 Worth Street
Asheboro, NC 27203

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

7 Oct

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

It’s not a phone.

It’s a Cisco IP phone. Or maybe it’s a 10-line PBX system.

And you’re not answering the phone. You’re assisting clients or customers by answering customer service related questions and directing calls.

Think about the difference between telling an employer that you can pick up a ringing phone, and convincing them than you are the best candidate in that big stack of resumes. Answering a phone is a skill most children learned before they entered first grade, while wrangling a multi-line system with professionalism and courtesy is a valued skill needed in a busy office.

As an entry level paralegal competing in a tight job market for a place in that office, you must find a way to stand out as a skilled professional even if you’re new to the paralegal field. An attention-grabbing resume may convince whoever is screening those resumes that you have relevant work skills, even if your resume is thin in the actual paralegal experience area.

To create that resume, think about the things you have done well at previous jobs and start illustrating those skills. How? Instead of jotting down that you’ve answered phones, think before you write. Was it a multi-line phone system? Can you find out from a manager the volume of calls averaged per day? Take a look at the difference:

  • Answered phones


  • Operated a multi-line phone system to answer an average of 75 customer service questions daily. Politely and efficiently directed calls to 10 office specialists

You’ve figured out by now that this isn’t just about answering phones. This is about applying the same resume writing strategy to all of your skills. If you stocked shelves, did that include a routine to make sure your inventory was accurate? If you had a job where you regularly gathered data, how much data was there? What was the end result?

Did you create an Excel spreadsheet that enabled management to track spending in certain areas? If so, that sure sounds better than sticking to just one tired old line that says you can use Microsoft Office.

Quantify what you have done whenever possible.  If you’ve accomplished something that resulted in increased sales or efficiency, find out what the number is. If you don’t have access to those numbers anymore, then work your way through your resume quantifying what you can.

But remember: don’t over-embellish your resume. If it was a simple task, leave it alone instead of trying to cover your would-be employer with fertilizer. And likewise, don’t ever lie on your resume, cover letter, or application. Ever.

You already know to keep a resume to two pages at most. If you need to save valuable real estate on those two pages, consider dumping a mediocre “objectives” statement. Everyone knows you’re “looking for a challenging position at ____ that will utilize your ____ skills”. Those lines of space might be better invested in telling your next employer exactly what those skills are and how you can put them to work in your new job. Don’t sell yourself short when you have so much to bring to the table.

Need Help Landing That Job?

4 Sep

Durham Tech has announced their lineup of workforce development classes, workshops and labs that are designed to help students prepare for their career. In some cases, the fees are waived for qualified individuals.

The classes cover key areas such as resumes, LinkedIn, and job hunt skills. There are also classes that help students that have been justice involved and need help with related education and career issues.

Click to have a look at the HRD Fall 2014 pdf.