Monthly Archives: February 2017

What is an Immigration Paralegal Job Really Like?

What is an Immigration Paralegal Job Really Like?

Paralegal jobs can be so interesting!

In my book, Legal Break-In, I list several paralegal positions and duties involved with each one.

The Immigration Paralegal

In this post, I focus on the Immigration Paralegal.  This field requires specific forms that are filled out by the paralegal with the information provided by the client.

Let’s start from the beginning.

The client sets up an appointment to meet with the immigration attorney.  Sometimes the client comes alone or with family members. The attorney will often times meet the client alone, without the paralegal, however, some assistants have been asked to sit in on meetings to take notes that the attorney would later go over.

The paralegal will often speak to the client over the phone to ask for more information for the forms which must be filed with the court.  Clients can be very nervous during an initial meeting, however, once they arrive home additional details will come to them.  The paralegal is responsible for working well with the client and in a kind manner. Once all of the information is gathered, the paralegal prepares the form, the attorney reviews and then the forms are e-filed with the court.

During the time the information is collected from the client, the paralegal makes sure every phone call and meeting are documented on the computer for the attorney’s review.

It’s also important that the attorney and paralegal work together to create a system where the details of each case can be tracked so that deadlines are not missed.

You may find it fun to work with an attorney who specializes in a certain type of law because you then become an expert yourself.

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About Leslie Williams

Leslie Sansone Williams is a #1 International Best Selling Author, paralegal educator, graphic designer, course creator and product developer. She writes and consults on the paralegal career, publishing, social media, video & marketing in general.

Leslie has 27+ years experience in the paralegal and marketing careers. She has worked in the following areas of law: condemnation litigation, probate, estate planning, personal injury (catastrophic and medical malpractice), administrative law, franchise law, professional regulation, zoning, automobile dealership franchise law and business litigation. Leslie is the author of “Legal Break-In: How to Get That Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant or Paralegal Jobs!” (Amazon) and the creator of the very informative and career changing “Paralegal Inner Circle Class”. Get on the Wait List today – link is above!

How to Cope with Rejection When Applying for a Paralegal Job

Rejection is only Temporary

How to cope with rejection when applying for a paralegal job.

Can you relate to the following?

1.  No response to a cover letter or resume.

2.  No response after the first interview.  Absolute silence!

After I moved to Florida from Oklahoma, I must have sent out somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-10 cover letters and resumes.

No response.

At all.

However, I did receive 2-3 telephone calls from either law firm administrators or attorneys.  Our short conversations gave me some hints regarding why I wasn’t being offered positions.

So, I experimented with my resume and cover letters in order to break down the walls.

Yep – it was mind boggling and very scary.  You see, I needed a job in the worst way.  At this point in our lives, my salary was needed to help keep the boat afloat (in a big way!)

Even though I had 3 years experience in litigation, no one would give me a chance.

What I realized during this time was that I had to trust the Lord to place me in the right firm.  If I was being turned down (& I was), then there was a good reason for it.

Trust Him.

So, I tweaked that ‘ol cover letter and resume and continued to push forward.

Don’t give up! I told myself.

Keep moving forward.

There are lessons to be learned through the trials and tribulations of rejection.  Don’t miss that as you journey through it.

Remember, He has your best interests at heart and has a specific path laid out for you.

I learned a lot during this 3-4 week period – about myself.

Finally, the phone call came that I had been praying for and I was on my way.

Keep praying, my friend and trust Him.  He will not let you down.

 

About Leslie Williams

Leslie Sansone Williams is a #1 International Best Selling Author, paralegal educator, graphic designer, course creator and product developer. She writes and consults on the paralegal career, publishing, social media, video & marketing in general.

Leslie has 27+ years experience in the paralegal and marketing careers. She has worked in the following areas of law: condemnation litigation, probate, estate planning, personal injury (catastrophic and medical malpractice), administrative law, franchise law, professional regulation, zoning, automobile dealership franchise law and business litigation. Leslie is the author of “Legal Break-In: How to Get That Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant or Paralegal Jobs!” (Amazon) and the creator of the very informative and career changing “Paralegal Inner Circle Class”. Get on the Wait List today – link is above!

Happy on the Journey

Happy on the Journey.  Seriously?

It can certainly feel like forever as we work toward our goal or end game, right? Time seems to pass so slowly and it seems as if we’ll never get there.

The journey, though, is an education in itself, so what can we do to enjoy it more?

Here are some questions to ask yourself:

1. What are you grateful for?

List the people, furbabies & material items you’re grateful for. Count your current blessings.

2.  What’s one important lesson learned today?

Is there something that occurred today (good or bad) that taught you something? Count it all joy.  Whether it’s a good or bad experience, the Lord is developing character traits in you that can be used for good.  And if you allow it, all of your bad habits will be eliminated, one by one.

3.  When you look back one year from today, what will you see?

There’s no reason to wait to begin moving toward the dream that God has placed on your heart and in your mind. Go for it! One year from now, you’ll be amazed at your progress.

4.  Have you made some progress already?

If so, write it down on your computer, in a notebook or create a journal to track your moments. And don’t forget to celebrate your progress along the way.

With effort and an “I can do it!” attitude, you will make it. Keep the faith and keep going forward.

 

About Leslie Williams

Leslie Sansone Williams is a #1 International Best Selling Author, paralegal educator, graphic designer, course creator and product developer. She writes and consults on the paralegal career, publishing, social media, video & marketing in general.

Leslie has 27+ years experience in the paralegal and marketing careers. She has worked in the following areas of law: condemnation litigation, probate, estate planning, personal injury (catastrophic and medical malpractice), administrative law, franchise law, professional regulation, zoning, automobile dealership franchise law and business litigation. Leslie is the author of “Legal Break-In: How to Get That Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant or Paralegal Jobs!” (Amazon) and the creator of the very informative and career changing “Paralegal Inner Circle Class”. Get on the Wait List today – link is above!

What If It Does Work Out?

What if it does work out?

1. Fear changes to Hope!

2. Working toward your end game with passion = Light, not darkness.

3. Fear and doubt drift away.

4. Consider the possibility of reaching the dream God’s placed in your mind and on your heart.

Make a sincere effort to quit the negative self-talk. Your past does not have to follow you into the future, you know.  Changing how you respond to criticism is important.

Become confident that you can trust the Lord and all that He has for you.  Read His Word regularly in order to infuse your mind with the truth.

Don’t give up – ever.

Remember…you are fearfully and wonderfully made.

He said so.

About Leslie Williams

Leslie Sansone Williams is a #1 International Best Selling Author, paralegal educator, graphic designer, course creator and product developer. She writes and consults on the paralegal career, publishing, social media, video & marketing in general.

Leslie has 27+ years experience in the paralegal and marketing careers. She has worked in the following areas of law: condemnation litigation, probate, estate planning, personal injury (catastrophic and medical malpractice), administrative law, franchise law, professional regulation, zoning, automobile dealership franchise law and business litigation. Leslie is the author of “Legal Break-In: How to Get That Legal Secretary, Legal Assistant or Paralegal Jobs!” (Amazon) and the creator of the very informative and career changing “Paralegal Inner Circle Class”. Get on the Wait List today – link is above!