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.
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.
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.
There are basic resumes and then there are effective resumes. There are also excellent resumes. The difference lies in the approach taken in writing the resume. The most effective of them will catch the attention of the reader and convince them within a matter of a minute or less that the applicant has potential for the job and should therefore called for an interview. As the resume is the first contact made by applicant with the prospective employer, it gives an insight in to the applicant's capabilities and work attitudes. This is why it is essential to be written in a proper manner.
In a military battle, there tends to be an advance guard that moves forward of the main army group. The advance guard's purpose is to prepare the way for the main fighting force. Behind the main force is generally the rear guard. You are the main fighting force and the battlefield is the interview. Your foe is all the other applicants, all your shortcomings, all the misgivings and doubts that interviewer may have, and the needs and wants of that interviewer.
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.
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