You should never state race, religion, sex, age, marital status, or other personal data that have no relevance to your employment qualifications on your legal resume. Doing so could suggest you are unaware of, or are insensitive to, laws prohibiting discrimination. If your legal resume contains personal information unrelated to your job target, you might also fall victim to discrimination, even if you're qualified for the position.
ith current economic conditions, it may seem wasteful to spend the money on a resume service, but in this competitive market this is exactly the time you should spring for the service. Many companies are receiving hundreds of resumes for each open position. A majority of recruiters spend less than three minutes reviewing a resume. Does your resume have what it takes to get noticed?
Ostensibly, your resume should successfully arrive 'unblemished' on the desk of a recruiter, working for an interested, reputable company. The potential exposure, is that it will be accessed and replicated in the hands of ruthless individuals; now armed with an alluring and attractive resume for personal use or, re-assigned to unsuspecting job applicants seeking employment in the US. This scam may escalate dramatically predicated on the target market (e.g., IT, Healthcare, and ironically, Internet Security/Encryption).
Properly used, video resumes can be an excellent format to showcase job experience as well as polished communications skills. There is still a novel aspect to video resumes so making still shows a willingness to embrace new technology and think outside the box. As long as applicants understand a company's resume submission policies, as well as ensure that their video is professional and in a venue a potential employer may frequent, it increases the chances this new form of resume can help and not hinder their chances of finding employment.
Another area in to include on your functional resume is a qualifications summary. A lot of people use this section to showcase the skills they have developed and how those skills relate to the open position. In a functional resume this could even be the very first section. This in conjunction with your objective statement can be a great way to catch the employer's attention and make your resume stand out from the crowd.
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.
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