For a good number of folks, job search equals resume. Job search equals scanning as many help wanted pages as possible and mailing resumes wherever possible. It also includes attending as many job fairs as possible. And lastly, it would include applying to as many online job postings as possible on Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com or any job board on the internet.
A resume in chronological order is a clear cut and uncomplicated outline of you academic as well as work history. It's clear and precise. When short listing candidates a normal employer would give only ten minutes to go through a résumé, these resumes when forwarded to higher level recruiter, gets even lesser timer. Submitting a cluttered and disorganized resume means you are trying to waste your recruiters' time which they won't do at any cost since they are always short of time.
If you are a recent graduate, a law student, or a lawyer who has only worked for one employer, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be an easy task. If on the other hand you are an experienced lawyer, or one that has made several transitions, limiting your lawyer resume to one page may be a tall order. In that case, you may need an additional page. However, you can still enjoy the benefits of the "single page" lawyer resume format if you capture the most relevant information on the first page of your resume.
I recall an HR Director who wanted me to coach him on his interviewing skills. He told me the "secret" to his "great" resume. He just keyword searched resumes in his company's database, pulled out ones he liked that closely matched his skills, and pasted together the document. When I questioned his ethics, he just shrugged his shoulders and said, "it's common practice."
This almost precludes sending out mass resumes or dropping off 50 resumes at a job fair. Having multiple or adaptable resumes mean researching and targeting. In essence you should have two core resumes. The first resume is the one that you would send ahead. The second resume would be the one you leave behind after the interview. Because while I do think that Richard Bolles is dead on, sometimes you have to send a resume ahead of you.
There are basic resumes and then there are effective resumes. There are also excellent resumes. The difference lies in the approach taken in writing the resume. The most effective of them will catch the attention of the reader and convince them within a matter of a minute or less that the applicant has potential for the job and should therefore called for an interview. As the resume is the first contact made by applicant with the prospective employer, it gives an insight in to the applicant's capabilities and work attitudes. This is why it is essential to be written in a proper manner.
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