ve noticed that some of you have dipped your toe in the pool, so to speak, and started a LinkedIn profile, but that many of you havent taken advantage of one of LinkedIns most powerful networking tools: Groups.
By joining a LinkedIn Group of like-minded professionals, you can increase your networking opportunities, follow the groups discussions, and even start discussions yourself a great way to pose questions or seek opportunities.
How do you find LinkedIn Groups which you might like to join? Simply use the search feature, except instead of People, click on Groups. Start with a simple query like paralegal or legal assistant, and then if youre looking for more specialized groups, search applicable terms, such as virtual assistants or e-discovery. You can even search for Groups which focus on your specialty areas of interest, such as intellectual property or bankruptcy.
Here are some suggested national paralegal LinkedIn Groups to consider joining, but dont forget to investigate your state and local professional associations as well.
Legal IT Professionals
Litigation Support Professional Networking
Nalsthe association for legal professionals
National Federation of Paralegal Associations
If you want to recommend a national LinkedIn Group for paralegals, please feel to comment.
Also, starting a LinkedIn Group is an excellent job search project for school paralegal programs, and a great way to make sure that all students are creating LinkedIn profiles and building their initial contacts by connecting with one another on LinkedIn. Student associations or groups could even have a meeting (with everyone contributing edible treats) where they review and critique each other’s LinkedIn profiles.