Before e-mailing or faxing
your resume and cover letter to Pathways, please take a moment
to read the following Frequently Asked Questions:
categories of job seekers does Pathways work with?
We work with professionals
in a wide range of career areas within the legal profession
and across a wide spectrum of industries. In the legal field,
we work with attorneys, paralegals, office managers, litigation
support personnel, human resources, legal secretaries, word processors, office services and clerical. Within corporations we work with accounting/finance, human resources, executive/ administrative assistants, legal personnel, clerical and technology.
2. Are you
Pathways constantly seeks
qualified talent. We have a steady number of immediate, full-time
openings to fill, and we are always striving to add to our
roster of candidates for our very regular supply of short-term
and long-term temporary positions. We can't guarantee your
work volume, of course, but we have a high demand for skilled,
experienced professionals in a wide range of industries and
is the source of Pathways' expertise in the legal field?
We have been active in the
Northern California legal field since 1969, so we know the
area and the field as well as or better than anyone. Most
of our current team of recruiters has been with Pathways for
years, and have an intimate knowledge of the local environment.
In addition, many of them worked in the legal field themselves,
as paralegals or in human resources, before becoming recruiters.
you specialize in the legal field, do your clients in other
areas get the same attention?
Yes! Our expertise and activities
cut across a wide variety of industries, and we give all of
our clients the same time and effort. Through interviewing,
we make sure we know your career goals and exactly the kind
of job you're looking for and best suited for. Then we work
hard to find you that job, no matter what your field might
5. Who are
Pathways' business clients?
In addition to the law firms
we work with, Pathways' corporate clients encompass the entire
spectrum of Northern California businesses, both in size and
industry, including these fields: advertising, design, financial
services, management consulting, retail, publishing, engineering,
biotech, technology, accounting, construction, insurance, web and many more.
6. How far
outside of San Francisco can I find work through Pathways?
If you are looking for a job in Northern California we can help you. Our most active service areas include
the San Francisco Bay Area, San Jose Silicon Valley, Peninsula,
and Oakland/East Bay. We also cover Alameda, Contra Costa,
Santa Clara, and Marin counties and the cities of Berkeley,
Walnut Creek, Concord, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Hayward, Fremont,
Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City,
Foster City, San Mateo, Burlingame and San Rafael.
7. How do
I demonstrate my skills and experience?
When you're asked to visit
our offices for an interview, we'll ask you to bring your
portfolio (or URLs), resume and references. At the interview,
you'll be given the opportunity to outline your experience
and employment objectives. When appropriate we’ll test your skills using our computer based testing programs.
8. Is evening,
weekend, or off-site work available?
Yes. Some of our corporate
and legal clients run production centers 24/7 and have projects that require these off hours.
9. If I
accept temporary work (also known as "contract work")
through Pathways, who is my employer while I am on assignment?
Pathways is your legal employer
when you are performing contract work for one of our clients,
whether short-term or long-term. As such, we pay you weekly,
withhold taxes and cover insurance. In short, we assume all
standard responsibilities of an employer. Should a client
decide to hire you on a full-time basis from Pathways, that
client will become your legal employer once the offer has
been extended and accepted, on your official date of hire.
much can I expect to earn on contract assignments?
Rates vary from job to job.
Our contractors generally earn from $15.00 - $50.00 per hour
(most earn $25-$35/hr). Your earnings generally depend on
the requirements for a given assignment, not necessarily on
your overall level of experience.
I pay a fee to Pathways?
No. Our fees are always paid
by the employer.
is the process for payroll?
Our week runs from Monday
through Sunday, and payroll is processed each Monday. Contractors
must submit hours from the previous week by 12:00 p.m. each
Monday (by e-mail, fax, mail, or drop off) in order to receive
a check on Wednesday. Please note that the time card must always
be signed by the designated client supervisor of your project.
We can not pay you if the time card is not signed by the client.
If Monday is a legal holiday
(Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day,
Labor Day, etc.), the payroll schedule will be delayed one
day. Timecards will be due on Tuesday and checks will be available
on Wednesday afer 12:00.
I get paid for overtime?
Most Pathways contract employees
are eligible for overtime. For off-site or fixed-bid projects
we occasionally represent professionals who qualify as 1099
independent contractors. They are not employees and are not
eligible for overtime.
Employees are paid overtime
(one-and-one-half times the regular pay rate) for any hours
over eight in one day or any hours over 40 in a single week.
They are also paid overtime for the first eight hours worked
on the seventh consecutive day in a single week.
Employees are paid double-time
(two times the regular pay rate) for hours worked in excess
of twelve in any workday or for hours worked in excess of
eight on the seventh consecutive day.
if my question isn't answered here?
If we haven't answered your
question here, please feel free to contact us via email at
or by telephone, at (415) 391-2060.