Today, employers have access to a number of tools to verify resume information through both formal and informal channels. Although employers may be receiving a large number of resumes, they typically conduct some form of due diligence on those they have selected to interview. Therefore, avoid making factual misrepresentations of any kind on your legal resume. You should always aim to represent your qualifications, skills, experience, and interests fully and accurately.
Impress - You've got to IMPRESS the employer...Tell your unique story...and the EASIEST way to do that is to give them a resume that you would want to read if you were the employer. Provide names and contact information of references and former employers; don't make them have to dig for this information. Follow up on your resume leaving your name and telephone number.
Finally, be sure to include keywords in your work experience as well. Here you can add keywords and phrases to the bullet points you already have to make them stand out more effectively. Even if the recruiter does not read the entire bullet, the keywords will be easy to identify. You should consider using different, but similar keywords in these bullets to give your attorney resume variety and depth.
Resumes are the most significant asset or the biggest liability for a candidate. Being the most important document ever written about a candidate, it is surprising how little time and thought is used in creating resumes. A number of candidates have told me that they have picked up a template from somewhere and started to write their resume using this format. Candidates also tell me that their friends have written resumes for them. The candidates then continue to use their resumes for months in the market and often get frustrated at the lack of response.
Myth #2: Provide a list of your personal interests. You may love scuba diving, have a cat weighing 93 pounds, and were the secretary in your neighborhood cross-stitch association, but how relevant are those details in your professional life? The answer: not. Generally speaking, hiring managers are interested in how you can make or save their company money. If the "personal interest" details you listed are not relevant to that overall goal, forget it. They simply take up space and distract from the focus of your resume.
Job seekers are accustomed to making themselves look good on paper but it is harder to make yourself look good on video. Paper resumes make your case before you walk into the interview. It is easier for a recruiter or interviewer to forgive any fidgeting in person because your paper resume has already told them that you have the skills for the job. If the interviewer has to sit through a video with several minutes of rambling dialogue, accompanied by nervous tics, and the sound of traffic or air conditioning in the background to be able to hear your skill set, you may not get to make your case before you lose the interviewer's interest. Since video resumes are still new, there is no real standard set yet as to how these resumes should appear and how information should be presented. It can be easy for applicants to go wrong.
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