Finally, be sure to include keywords in your work experience as well. Here you can add keywords and phrases to the bullet points you already have to make them stand out more effectively. Even if the recruiter does not read the entire bullet, the keywords will be easy to identify. You should consider using different, but similar keywords in these bullets to give your attorney resume variety and depth.
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.
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.
The resume represents the culmination of a significant commitment in time, research, investment, and resolve, to craft a unique document that encapsulates one's career experience, distinctive values, and core competencies. For the job seeker, the resume is the 'critical mass' or nucleus that inspires and motivates the prospective employer to open their interview doors for a potential candidate. Although not officially patented or trademarked, the resume represents your 'Intellectual Property'. It defines a personal 'brand' which differentiates you from other potential candidates. This differentiation also extends to the style, structure, content, and, unique visual appeal of the resume.
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.
You should never state race, religion, sex, age, marital status, or other personal data that have no relevance to your employment qualifications on your legal resume. Doing so could suggest you are unaware of, or are insensitive to, laws prohibiting discrimination. If your legal resume contains personal information unrelated to your job target, you might also fall victim to discrimination, even if you're qualified for the position.
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