Here is my resume and it needs a little love. I would appreciate any suggestions.
OBJECTIVE: Position as a Legal Assistant that will utilize my computer knowledge, strong people skills, organizational abilities, and business experience.
SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS
• Working knowledge of Civil rules, State and Federal
• Working knowledge of the Longshore Act
• Database/File management
• Detail oriented
• Strongly organized
• Client focused
Paralegal Studies, June 2007 GPA: 3.5/4.0
Focus on general areas of law
Basic and Advanced Mediation Training 90+ hours December 2007
State Certified Mediator; specific focus in small claims and interpersonal conflict
Major: Architecture, Minor: Philosophy, Continuing GPA: 3.0/4.0
Specialization: Deconstructionist Philosophy
Platforms: Windows 3.1/95/98/NT/XP; Mac 10.1 – 10.5
Software: Acrobat, E-Copy, Dragon, Outlook, Office 2007, Needles, Google Docs, Open Office, and others.
Office Assistant, Portland, OR, June 2007 – present
The Law Offices of
• Answer multi-line phone
• Draft pleadings and other papers
• Ordering/Reviewing medical records
• Supply maintenance
• Paperless and paper filing
• Daily mail delivery and organization
• File opening/closing
Intern – Attorney Esq., Portland, OR, November 2006 – June 2007
The Law Office of
• Draft correspondence
Intern, Attorney Esq., Portland, OR November 2006 – June 2007
The Law Office of
• Deposition and Transcript summations
Various Culinary Positions, 1998 – 2006
• Management of employees
• Money management
• Monthly goal attainment
Volunteer with Mediation Department
Volunteer with County Mediation Department
Basically the office that I work at has three employees. Myself and two paralegals and the requisite attorney. My job is simple. I do everything that the paralegals cannot get to or do not have the time to devote to. In short if the paralegal cannot get to it it becomes my responsibility. I open/close files, order supplies, order client records, transcribe, file electronically, file paper, file with the courts electronically and paper, I have served process, run errands, setup mock jury (sometimes on a 72 hour notice), organized catering for events, researched international banking law, legal research, draft pleadings and letters, etc... You get the idea.
I really have more to offer than my resume puts on. I have a cover letter but from what I understand most people do not read them so even if I put a majority of what I have done/can do/do in the cover letter it won't show on the resume.
I have been in the same job for almost 5 years. I had a previous job shortly after I graduated school, but I had to leave after I noticed and was made to take part in some unethical activity. Not to mention the pay was horrible compared to the responsibility. I was only there for 2 or 3 months so I am not listing that on my resume. Being in the legal field I do not want to appear like a snitch so I want to cover that up if I can which is why I left so fast.
Anyway TIA for any help.