One question that many paralegal students can benefit from asking is "How did you obtain your first paralegal job?" While some answers may include uncontrollable factors such as luck or good timing, other professionals may simply respond with "I dropped my resume off at the law firm."
While online searches can help students get an idea of which companies are hiring and for what types of positions, that may be as far as internet searching takes them. Even if a firm is not hiring, students who take initiative and introduce themselves to employers may stand out in their minds when a position opens up down the road. In other cases, firms may specifically request for applicants not to submit their applications in person, so students should respect their guidelines and submit accordingly.
Law firms aren't the only good places to contact about paralegal jobs. Students can also seek out smaller law offices and inquire about possible openings. This alternative is often overlooked because of the size of the practice. Even part-time work could be valuable to fresh paralegal graduates in search of some experience in the field, especially while they are still enrolled in classes.