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How to Level-Up your Email Address from Cringeworthy to Credible

Posted by Tami Riggs

Mar 29, 2022 12:00:00 PM

CartoonStock_533351_CS123089 800pxA strong correlation exists between the perceived quality of an applicant and the email address used. Think of your email address as an online business card. It is a vital piece of personal information and a primary means of contact. An email address is often seen as a reflection of professional identity, so it is worthwhile to consider how it will be regarded by others. Using a non-traditional address as your first touchpoint for employer interaction could directly impact your credibility.

When two people are equal in terms of background, experience, skills, and education, other fine points will be scrutinized – and that snazzy email name could be the deal-breaker! Bottom line: a person using 2hot4words@email.com may not be taken seriously or get the job. In my role as Director of Career Services, I have seen some cringeworthy name creations. I am baffled every time. A keen job seeker is best represented by an email address that is not overly “creative.”

While an email name is only a small part of the totality of your credentials and candidacy, it has great potential to impact your chances of getting hired if it is poorly conceived. There is a continuum from unprofessional to just not well done. Many job seekers overlook this important detail. They may lose first impression power simply by failing to integrate a respectful level of professionalism in their email name.

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Topics: career, technology, featured

6 Important Reasons to Utilize College Career Services

Posted by Tami Riggs

Mar 22, 2022 1:00:00 PM

Career-Counseling-AdobeStock_108626043Do you want greater visibility as a job candidate? Then take full advantage of the range of resources being offered by your college career center. Doing so can extend your learning experience well beyond the classroom. A one-time interaction to spruce up a resume or prepare a cover letter will not give most students everything they need. Many can benefit from additional preparation in navigating from campus to career, whether they are seeking their first professional position or rejoining the workforce after earning a degree.

Conducting a job search without professional guidance can be both intimidating and stressful. Students and graduates who establish a relationship with career service offices have deeper and more meaningful conversations about their professional goals and how to achieve them. These conversations are core to the full student experience and equally important to graduate success and career readiness as the curriculum. Comprehensive services offered by these offices can enable students to plan and navigate their career path, make self-assessments, identify sought-after attributes, and take inventory of their relevant skillset and background experience.

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Topics: graduates and alumni, career, featured

Graduation Live Stream - February 26, 2022

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Feb 11, 2022 10:00:00 AM

On February 26, 2022, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 69th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the fourth commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and CALS is dedicated to making it a special event for graduates and their friends and families.

6 months ago graduation was held virtually as well and 126 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 69th Commencement Ceremony, attendees will once again be at home watching with their family and friends on the live stream, and presenters will have submitted contributions to the event several days previously.

A total of 121 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 102 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 19 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

The commencement address will be presented by Sepi Khan, Paralegal at Kherkher Garcia. Sepi has over 20 years of legal and administrative experience with a current focus primarily on personal injury law and related torts. Sepi is involved in all phases of a case. She meets directly with clients, participates in client conferences, schedules appointments and court appearances, confers with court personnel and experts, drafts various legal documents, and obtains, reviews, and compiles discovery documentation and information. Sepi is also responsible for business development efforts of the firm, managing and overseeing sponsorships, events, and charitable contributions.

Prior to joining Kherkher Garcia, Sepi was a paralegal and executive assistant to Steve Kherkher at Williams Kherkher Law Firm. She was responsible for day-to-day paralegal duties in various dockets. Sepi quickly found she had a passion for the field of law and was immediately drawn to helping personal injury clients, as they are often faced with a variety of emotional and physical needs. Sepi also gained extensive administrative and accounting duties while at Williams Kherkher. Clients are drawn to Sepi’s calm, helpful, and supportive demeanor. She strives to provide great client care.

The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from members of CALS faculty and staff.

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Topics: graduates and alumni, featured

Notary Public Seminar - September 10th

Posted by Center for Advanced Legal Studies [CALS]

Aug 19, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Want to enhance your resume?  Many employers expect their paralegals to be notaries and trust they know what they are doing!  Do you know the various roles and responsibilities of a Notary Public?

This seminar, which is open to students, alumni, and the general public, covers everything you need to become and serve with confidence as a Notary Public for the state of Texas. 

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Date: Friday, September 10, 2021
Time: 9 AM to 1 PM
Location: Online (Link will be provided)
Cost: Varies from $94-$175 depending on package
Registration:

Eventbrite Registration Page
Registration Deadline September 9th

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Topics: seminars and CLE, career, paralegal skills, education and training

Graduation Live Stream - August 28, 2021

Posted by Eric H. Happe

Aug 10, 2021 12:00:00 PM

On August 28, 2021, at 10:00 AM Central, Center for Advanced Legal Studies will hold its 68th Commencement Ceremony for graduates of its paralegal programs. This will be the third straight commencement ceremony held virtually due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Just over 6 months ago graduation was held virtually as well and 87 paralegal credentials were conferred. For the 68th Commencement Ceremony attendees will once again be at home watching with their family and friends on the live stream, and presenters will have submitted contributions to the event several days previously.

A total of 126 paralegal credentials will be conferred. Paralegal Certificates will be awarded to 106 graduates, and Associate of Applied Science Degrees will be awarded to 20 graduates. Congratulations graduates on your hard work, dedication, and accomplishment. Your perseverance under the added difficulties imposed by a global pandemic has earned you the everlasting respect and admiration of us all.

The commencement address will be presented by Julee A. Prentice, C.P., Senior Trial Paralegal and graduate of Center for Advanced Legal Studies. The event will be moderated by CALS' Director of Outreach and Career Services, Tami Riggs, with contributions from members of CALS faculty and staff.

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Topics: graduates and alumni, featured

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