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Resume Tips

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There is no absolute “right way” to write a resume but there are tips to writing it in a way that will be dynamic and attention-grabbing. 

A quality resume will:

  • Introduce you to the applicable decision-makers.

  • Influence how those decision-makers view you as a potential candidate.

  • Ensure that a 15-20 second review of your resume leaves a positive impression.

Some basic Do’s and Do not’s would include:

Do:

  • Know your reader and draft the resume accordingly.

  • To the best of your ability give the reader exactly what they want.

  • Spit the position description and job requirements right back at the reader.

Do not:

  • Do not waste space

  • Do not label your resume. The reader knows what the document is

  • DO NOT INCLUDE A PICTURE OF YOURSELF. (You are not an actor.)

  • Do not include fancy graphics or colors.

  • Do not use your work email.

  •  If your personal email does not include your name or initials ONLY, create a new email. “Supersexystar@yahoo.com” is not a professional email address

  • Do not use long paragraphs.

  • Do not mislead the reader.

Some basic preferences/recommendations:

  • Dates on the right hand side of the document.

  • Do not have a personal profile/goal section.

  • One to two page resume maximum for US candidates (one is better) depending on the seniority of the candidate and seniority of the position.

  • Senior positions can include a "Synopsis of Legal Experience” attached to the resume

  • The first page is the most important and should contain all your selling points.

  • Order of work experience vs. education depends on which is more impressive, with education usually being listed first.

  • Begin with your most recent employer (include a line about the company or firm) and include all titles and roles.
     
  • Mention specific highlights of the position that relate to the job they are looking to fill as well as other impressive specifics.  Bullet points or a very short paragraph are appropriate.

  • Center your name at the top of the page in 14-point type. The “meat” of the resume should be in 10 or 12-point type. Use a clean font like Times New Roman or Arial.

  • Use one inch margins.

  • Be precise with dates (don’t hide your graduation date).

  • Tastefully show off (highlight strong academic records).

Other headings that you might want to include depending on the job and location:

  • Publications or Seminars

  • Languages

  • Citizenship

  • Community Involvement

  • Corporate Involvement

  • Previous non-legal Experience

  • Interests

  • References


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