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.
It is in your best interest to include only those non-professional qualities that could contribute to a company's success. Some people are bilingual. Some companies would pay a king's ransom to find a bilingual individual. Or if you have a background in the military, are a licensed pilot, or have security clearance, those are details that a potential employer may be very interested in. Rather than consign them to a place under "personal interests," incorporate them into a "professional features" section, or a "highlights and accomplishments," in a way that draws attention to them.
Does this sound like you? The bad news about this is that your resume is actually hurting you. If you cannot get an interview after sending your resume to a recruiter, posting it on a website or sending it to a company, your resume is not selling you. Without proper sales, you cannot get a job interview. If you cannot get a job interview, you cannot find a job. Why then do candidates continue to use the same resume even if it does not work for them is unclear.
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.
There are numerous advantages of getting resume writing assistance. The most important is that it will be written by someone who has much experience and knowledge than you in the task. Professional writers know how best to target your skills and expertise with the requirements of the job. They will research for the key skills and attributes of the job and then highlight all your matching skills to show how suitable you are for the post. Professional writers will also make sure of creating a powerful objective statement or a profile statement that grab the attention of the evaluator. A well written resume will make you stand out from everyone else even if there is tough competition. Finally a good resume will boost your confidence and make you think positively of the job prospects.
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