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Before e-mailing or faxing your resume and cover letter to Pathways, please take a moment to read the following Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What 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 hiring now?

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 job descriptions.


3. What 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.


4. Since 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 be.


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.


10. How 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.


11. Do I pay a fee to Pathways?

No. Our fees are always paid by the employer.


12. What 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.


13. Do 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.


14. What 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.