By Beth Cheatham
I have been actively working as a paralegal since 1979 (almost since the profession was invented). Last summer, for the first time in my working life, I found myself laid off from a job that I loved due to loss of business. I had worked for the same attorney for 29 years. The last time I looked for a job I used the telephone book! Needless to say things have changed significantly…or have they? Sure, most applications are submitted on-line. Resumes are still used, but the format and tone are completely different than they were in the past. Now, it is all about action verbs and highlighting results and accomplishments. I had to learn to think differently about my skill-set and how to translate them into the buzzwords and thought-processes used in the current job market.