Some might wonder why using a builder is more beneficial than simply using a template and making the changes in Microsoft Word. Quite simply, resume builders offer advanced tools many job seekers don't have. Builders enable users to convert resumes into multiple formats like pdfs and text. If you've ever tried to copy and paste your resume from Word onto the Internet, you know it's not pretty. Builders also provide tools to build a resume that is web-ready.
Resume making is probably one of the most overlooked parts of a job hunting strategy. You must have seen hundreds of resumes that have almost a similar pattern. The whole idea behind creating a resume is to attract the reader's attention and compel them to want to know more about you. Does your resume serve this purpose? If your resume fails to attract employers, you may need to tailor the resume to marketing your skills to the employer in a nicer, clearer and attention-grabbing way. Perfect resume writing is an art and job seekers need to understand the power of a well crafted resume. Given below are some easy steps to help you make a resume that immediately sells you to employers. Have a look.
Your resume is a marketing tool designed to land you an interview. It is not a biography. Because the modern resume is a marketing tool, it's best to keep personal interests, hobbies, and other non-essential materials for the interview process as a way to "break the ice." If you are keen on listing organizations, affiliations, volunteer work, or extracurricular activities on your legal resume, only list those that are relevant to your practice as a legal professional, or that are directly related to your targeted job. Again, if it's not related to your practice or the position, do not include it.
While it is usually easier for job seekers to focus on what to do "right" on their resume, many tend to forget what they may be doing "wrong" with their resume. When we put on blinders about potential faults in our resumes, we can miss critical errors that make the difference between getting an interview and getting the heave-ho. In an earlier article, we discussed the yang, or must-do elements, to create an effective legal resume (See: "The Yang Of Legal Resume Writing"). Here we will be focusing on the yin of resume writing, or what not to do, when drafting a legal resume.
Before you begin inserting keywords in your attorney resume, you need to make sure that all of the relevant information with respect to your work history and experience are included in the resume. This means focusing on the job description and making sure that every experience and skill related to this position is included in your attorney resume.
It doesn't end there though. Just as common are cases of unsuspecting jobseekers that send their resume to co-workers, friends, and family for "their opinion." This makes it very easy for the recipients to use the resume as their own if the occasion arises. Imagine a peer at work who has the same title and worked on the same projects with you over several years, there would probably be a lot of crossover in duties. Even so, would you feel comfortable with them using your resume, especially if you paid for it to be professionally written by a resume writer?
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