Wow, that is just depressing! How many, many resumes must a person send out before realizing that this is a broken path for many of us. For every successful job seeker, I am guessing there are probably many, many more that did not succeed. Although I have mixed feelings about the value or viability of sending out resumes to openings, I would not dispute the importance of a well-constructed resume. My only concern is how it is used. I am a big believer in Richard Bolles' statement that resumes are something you leave behind versus something you send ahead.
A good resume creator will offer you some versatility. Most builders use templates to design the resumes to suit different professions or levels of experience based on the needs of the job seeker. A functional resume might work better for an entry-level job seeker but someone with more experience may want to create a chronological resume. Resume builders allow a user to choose what's best.
While not all ATS will scramble your resume like this, many will. The trouble is, you have no way of knowing if the recruiter for that great job is using one that is user friendly to your resume or not. The solution is never to use a resume format that runs the risk of getting abused by technology. There are best resume formats that are safe to use and will avoid your resume going into that dreaded "resume black hole."
Your cover letter and resume is your poster child and the first impression on prospective employers. Starting from the cover letter, you need to convince the hiring manager that you are the right person for the open position and that you are really motivated to do exactly this job. You are not the only person sending application documents, most likely there are many resumes from your competitors the organization or company is going to receive. If you don't write a cover letter and resume that stands out of the crowd, your chances of being invited for a job interview are remote.
Just starting out your legal career? Whether you are searching for a summer associate or entry-level attorney position, your legal resume and cover letter should set you apart in a job pool filled with candidates with similar backgrounds. Even if you only have internship experience, a well-crafted legal resume can impress a hiring manager with evidence of your commitment and strength of character. A professional resume writer that specializes in legal and attorneys resumes can work with you to translate your work, internship, and educational experience into a legal resume that will get you noticed.
That may seem like an obvious no-no, but you might be surprised to find out how many applicants stretch the truth or simply lie or their resume. The most common offense usually involves some type of misrepresentation or misleading statement concerning degrees, grades, class standing, academic honors, participation on scholarly publications, work history or relevant work experience. While misleading statements can sometimes be unintentional, they can nevertheless lead to serious consequences.
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