After Law School: Preparing Your Resume
You can network until you know every hiring manager in town. You can make countless connections on LinkedIn. You can secure a legal residency with the law firm of your dreams. You can impress all the partners so much that they are falling all over themselves to hire you. Despite all of the above, you are still going to need a resume.
A lot has changed over the past 10 or 20 years about how people find jobs, but the power of the resume remains the same. The resume is the key that unlocks the door to nearly every employment opportunity. In fact, most firms won’t even consider you for employment–whether you are responding to an employment listing on LinkedIn or have a father who is a partner–without a resume.
Yes, they are that important, so you want it to be as amazing as you are.
Here is how to make your resume sing to prospective employers:
- Be honest. Never, ever lie. It doesn’t work for authors of best-selling “memoirs” and it won’t work for you.
- Keep it concise. Don’t tell them how the watch is made; just tell them what time it is.
- Be positive. Never say bad things about an experience; always find a way to show them what you learned.
- Make it relevant. Only include work and volunteer experiences that are germane to the job for which you are applying.
- Make it readable. Don’t use fonts that are unprofessional or too small–and always make sure to lay it out is an intuitive manner.
- Keep it professional. Sure, you may have been the beer pong champion in college (and perhaps you still are), but that is not likely to impress a hiring manager.
- Write well. The last thing any law firm hiring manager is going to do is give a job to a lawyer who can’t write. Make sure you are using proper English. In other words, you need to proof your work closely.
- Lay it out like a pro. You do not want your resume to reflect that of a child, nor do you want it to look like it was laid out by someone who was born before the turn of the century (the 1900’s turn, not the 2000’s turn). Before you save and send it, have someone who knows a thing or two about graphic design take a look at it. It will be well worth the effort.
This article was written by FindMyLawTutor.com.
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