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Covering letter is considered to be an important asset while applying for a Paralegal Job


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Covering letter is considered to be an important asset while applying for a Paralegal Job
Your cover letter is a critical ingredient in your search for a paralegal job because it can be used to convey important information that simply doesn't fit on your resume.
Many paralegals are aware of the importance of having a great resume, but most individuals searching for paralegal jobs don't realize just how important a cover letter can be. Drafting an effective and error-free cover letter says a lot about your professionalism and is the only way to introduce yourself to a potential employer.

Your cover letter serves the following purposes:
  • Connecting you immediately with the hiring firm
  • Letting the firm know which position you are applying for
  • Enthusiastically conveying why the firm should consider you for the position
  • Highlighting pertinent parts of your resume
  • Providing the firm with a sample of your writing and advocacy skills
Your cover letter is a critical ingredient in your search for a paralegal job because it can be used to convey important information that simply doesn't fit on your resume. For instance, you can emphasize your commitment to the legal profession and stress your research and management skills. Your cover letter personalizes your application for employment and allows you to highlight the professional and personal values you will bring to your potential employer. Your cover letter is also where you can communicate your interest in a specific field.

In a paralegal job search, an all-purpose cover letter can be an effective time-saver as it serves as a template which you can modify as necessary each time you send your resume to a law firm. An all-purpose paralegal cover letter is a serious letter, but it need not be a dull letter. Your paralegal cover letter should contain active verbs and use active rather than passive voice. Correct spelling, accurate grammar, and immaculate proofreading are all crucial. Minor grammatical errors or typos can create an impression of carelessness and lead the firm to decide against calling you in for a job interview.

If you are a paralegal, your cover letter is probably more important than your resume. If a law firm receives only your resume without a cover letter, you will appear ignorant of professional conventions and possibly confuse the firm.

Your cover letter should contain just enough highlights from your resume to make the hiring manager want to meet you. A good paralegal cover letter distinguishes you from other candidates with similar credentials and backgrounds, but a great paralegal cover letter conveys your experience and accomplishments in a way that inspires potential employers to contact you immediately before they've even considered other candidates.


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