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.
Resumes are the most significant asset or the biggest liability for a candidate. Being the most important document ever written about a candidate, it is surprising how little time and thought is used in creating resumes. A number of candidates have told me that they have picked up a template from somewhere and started to write their resume using this format. Candidates also tell me that their friends have written resumes for them. The candidates then continue to use their resumes for months in the market and often get frustrated at the lack of response.
While job descriptions are excellent sources of keywords with respect to specific positions, company websites can also provide you with keywords that relate to their overall values, goals, and culture. To be effective, your attorney resume needs to incorporate keywords relating to the position and the company to show that you are an ideal match to both.
Continue to pay attention - You've got to renew, update and continue to re-write your resume as you gain additional work experience, education and training. Don't continue to submit the same dated resume over and over again, with resume gaps in employment history. Carefully read through the complete duties and responsibilities of the position, then read through a second time - once you fully understand what is required, make sure that your resume matches what the job is asking for. Too many resumes are trashed because the applicant sends in a generic resume, failing to provide specific documentation stating their qualifications to perform the duties of the position. Don't let that happen to you.
The cost of using a resume writing service varies depending on the type of resume provided and the amount of work needed to bring it up to a good level. It may be the case that you already have the structure and relevant information completed but just need a professional to proof read it and possibly tweak it to make it better. On the other hand, you might be starting from scratch; this will obviously cost more as it will take more time and effort to develop. All resume writing services will check for the basics: grammar, punctuation and spelling and it is up to you whether you decide you need more help.
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.
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