While it is usually easier for job seekers to focus on what to do "right" on their resume, many tend to forget what they may be doing "wrong" with their resume. When we put on blinders about potential faults in our resumes, we can miss critical errors that make the difference between getting an interview and getting the heave-ho. In an earlier article, we discussed the yang, or must-do elements, to create an effective legal resume (See: "The Yang Of Legal Resume Writing"). Here we will be focusing on the yin of resume writing, or what not to do, when drafting a legal resume.
Continue to pay attention - You've got to renew, update and continue to re-write your resume as you gain additional work experience, education and training. Don't continue to submit the same dated resume over and over again, with resume gaps in employment history. Carefully read through the complete duties and responsibilities of the position, then read through a second time - once you fully understand what is required, make sure that your resume matches what the job is asking for. Too many resumes are trashed because the applicant sends in a generic resume, failing to provide specific documentation stating their qualifications to perform the duties of the position. Don't let that happen to you.
Some companies have popped up to help interviewers and job seekers make the most of this new technology. These companies help applicants put together a professional, edited video. Some have contacts with specialized areas of the job field - engineering firms, non-profits, etc. - and can send your video resume to companies interested in such resumes. Many employers are opening up to video resumes because in some cases they serve as the "first round" of interviews, saving the company money and time.
Do you wonder what is the best format for your resume? Selecting the right resume format can be a very confusing process. If you work history isn't very strong or if you have gaps in your work history, then the best resume format for you just might be the functional resume format. A functional resume differs from a chronological format in that it focuses on skills over experience. To accomplish this organize your resume by skill categories rather than listing your work experience first.
Resume Works Pro is another decent resume building program. It lacks some of the specialized features that the programs mentioned above come with. Nonetheless, Resume Works Pro is equipped with over 1000 sample cover letters and resumes to help its users. It has a feature that allows users to burn their resume along with their portfolio to a CD/DVD. There is also a database of pre-formatted response letters that can be used when contacting a potential employer. Taking all of these features into consideration, the Resume Works Pro is a useful program that only costs $19.95.
Once you've decided to use a resume builder, the hardest part is figuring out which service to use. There are many options out there. Ensure that whatever builder you choose has professional looking templates that are free of grammatical errors. After a few clicks, you'll be on your way to a great new career.
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