Resume Suggestions for Legal Professional Support Staff
A Resume Must Capture
the Interest of an Employer in Ten Seconds or Less
As unbelievable as the statement
sounds, it is true. Every accomplishment, every step to achievement
needs to be summed up in a concise, easy to read summary that can
be scanned quickly by a decision maker. You need to make a compelling
statement that will motivate the employer to pick up the phone and
Your Resume is Your Most
Important Marketing Tool
Most professionals put an exorbitant
number of hours into their job search, but put very little time
into their primary marketing tool. In order to write an effective
resume, you need to do a little self-assessment. Preparing a successful resume requires
knowing who you are, knowing the skills you have, and knowing
where you are going.
After having reviewed thousands
of resumes over the years, the ones that stand out - the ones that
land people jobs - are the ones that show a clear career direction.
Even if you have a really good resume, it would be worth your while
to do the following exercise.
- If you were a potential employer
reading your resume, what would you think about you?
- What do you want the reader
of your resume to think about you?
- What does your resume say about
- What does your resume say about
- Does your resume convey what
skills you have developed?
You should also speak with friends
and coworkers to get their thoughts on what they believe to be your
greatest strengths and weaknesses. When you are preparing any resume,
"who you are" will be summed up in a document generally
of one page and will be reviewed very quickly. You must make an
Clean and Simple Formatting is Best
A resume always needs to be easy
to read and must have a flawless appearance. In order to make the
best impression, a resume should be in an easy to read font that
will enable an employer to easily scan it to learn about your skills
You need to ensure that your resumes, cover letters
and envelopes are all printed on the same stationery. They should
always be printed on high-quality white or off-white paper. It goes
without saying that all your documents should be completely error free.
You should always proofread your resume, and have colleagues proofread
it to eliminate any typographic errors. One spelling error can make
you look unprofessional and may cost you an interview.
Margins, tabs and other formatting
must be consistent. In addition, you should emphasize the names
of your current and past employers so that a person reviewing your
resume will know at a glance where you have worked.
It should follow the standard business format and be simple to read.
John Doe Jr.
Anytown, CT 00000
Preferably, your name should be
in bold and larger font so that it stands out. You should also use
your private email address to be discreet.
The most important part of the
experience section of your resume is the description of each position held. Through the careful selection of words
and phrases, you should paint a dynamic and exciting picture of
your work. The descriptions should highlight the experience
most relevant to your current search.
Depending upon your experience
level, education should be last on your resume, unless you have
been in a legal environment for less than two years. Remember to
include any academic honors that you recieved such as Dean's List,
Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude.
Final Points to Remember
- Directly below each employer's
name, you should list what title you have held.
- You should be clear about all
of your employment and educational dates.
- Highlight your computer and
- If you speak more than one language,
it is a good idea to list these, along with your level of proficiency.