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.
Now you feel confident you have the best resume format possible. You even saved the resume as an Adobe PDF document to protect all your nice formatting. Applying to the great job with your new resume Your resume just arrived via email to that great job post you found a few minutes ago. You know, the one that reads like it was hand tailored just for you. Andy, the company recruiter has just arrived to begin work, sits down at his desk, turns on his computer and logs in to review all the resumes now sitting in his electronic in-box. Your resume is among those he is scheduled to review.
Myth #1: Keep it to one page. If you've been around the block a few times, written (or rewritten) your resume a time or two, and applied for several jobs, this is a no-brainer. Nonetheless, I'm constantly surprised at the number of competent professionals who think that they have to squeeze their entire career history onto a single 8½ x 11" sheet of paper. Often, this leads to shrinking margins, tiny fonts, and even (heaven forbid) compressed character spacing. Don't do that to yourself. Obviously, you don't want to get carried away here (see myth #4). You're not writing a biography. Nonetheless, it's perfectly appropriate for a seasoned professional to take up to three pages.
By simply changing the contact information, and utilizing 'copy and paste' techniques, your unique and valued resume can propagate on a multitude of job posting boards and recruiter's desks with another person's name within the 'contact' information. There are now multiple candidates competing for jobs within your market sector with identical resumes and different names.
Formatting your legal resume properly is almost as important as the information it contains. If you present an employer with a dense, hard to read document requiring a magnifying glass, you may find that your legal resume will not be getting the attention it deserves, even if its content is outstanding. Instead, use a font the employer can read easily, such as a 12-point font with variable spacing such as Times New Roman or Arial. While you may have to compromise on font size and style to keep your resume to two pages or less, try not to go below a 10-point font on the major sections of your resume.
In addition to formatting assistance, these programs can also suggest proper wording or grammatical tips along the way. Say for example, you are unsure about how to list your work experience. A builder will suggest the most professional way to format dates of employment and offer examples of the right and wrong way to list job responsibilities.
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