Your resume is not just a list of your experiences; it is a document advertising you and your accomplishments. Companies spend thousands of dollars on advertising campaigns. They do market research, conduct focus groups, and pitch several different ideas - all to get your attention. Your resume is your only way to get the attention of a hiring manager. There are the obvious changes that can be made to your resume. If you have a simple typo or grammatical error, your resume could be tossed aside no matter how relevant your experience. But, this is something you can edit on your own. A good resume writing service offers more than just proofreading.
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.
The purpose of hiring a resume writing service is to make an individual's resume stand out from the crowd. Job hunting is hard at the best of times, but in this current economic climate there are more candidates per job than ever before and competition is fierce. Each resume is individual to the person that is why a resume writing service will work with the client on a one-to-one basis to personalize and develop the resume.
Finally, be careful about overusing keywords or engaging in "keyword stuffing." Your attorney resume should be readable. While a computer will not notice that you crammed you resume with keywords, an employer reading your resume will. You need to use keywords sparingly so that it still looks and reads like a resume. You also need to use keywords that accurately reflect your professional experience and skills. Padding your resume with terms that have nothing to do with your actual skills and experience could cost you the opportunity to interview.
This almost precludes sending out mass resumes or dropping off 50 resumes at a job fair. Having multiple or adaptable resumes mean researching and targeting. In essence you should have two core resumes. The first resume is the one that you would send ahead. The second resume would be the one you leave behind after the interview. Because while I do think that Richard Bolles is dead on, sometimes you have to send a resume ahead of you.
Just like a chronological resume, a functional one should start with a very compelling objective statement. The objective statement is where you will place the information you think is the most appealing to a potential employer. It is also the place where you will list any of your personal career goals. It is my belief that this is the most important sentence in your resume. If you get it right, the reader will want to read the rest of your resume. If you get it wrong, the reader will probably not read the rest of your resume will set aside for another more appealing option. Try to focus on how you feel you were skills will benefit the employer. Show them how you can help them accomplish their corporate goals.
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