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Keeping It Current
I hate to say it, but life is all about the here and now. The longer we wait to do things, the less likely it is that we will ever do them. In fact, motivation has been known to dwindle exponentially with the passage of time.
Interviewing—Part II: Conduct
For the past couple of weeks, we have covered the ins and outs of physically preparing for an interview. However, we have not begun to cover the territory of mental preparation. Every interview, just like every cover letter, should be approached with a specific intention that is tailored to the employer and the position. Your interview is the first face-to-face interaction you will have with the firm, and the more you know ahead of time the better.
Interviewing—Part I: Preparation Redux
Last week, we discussed how to prepare for a legal interview so that you can project the best first impression under any circumstances. Once you walk through the door, though, the journey is far from over. There is always the potential for something to be thrown by the wayside or forgotten by complete accident that could make or break your interview experience with an employer. For this reason, I have compiled a list of items one would need during an interview, be it an interview for a job at a store in the mall or at corporate headquarters in New York City.
Interviewing—Part I: Preparation
Interviews, in and of themselves, are almost as complicated and detail-oriented as the documents that get you them in the first place. Between questions of dress, conduct, question responses, and materials, there are so many ways a person can take a wrong turn on the path to employability. However, there are also more ways to drive that incredible first impression home than you may imagine.
5 Most Dangerous Trends In Resume Companies
1. A Lack of Focus-Most resume companies out there today will write anyone’s resume. If those same people have credit cards and an Internet connection, it is easy for them to fall victim to those kinds of companies’ services. When they choose a “generalist” resume company to write their resume for them, they will not know that those companies’ writers do not have any experience writing resumes geared toward their field of experience. The writers there may have experience composing resumes for all kinds of professionals, including veterinarians, accountants, salesmen, and even secretaries, but the person writing their specific resume may have never even seen or written the resume of an attorney or a law student before.
Transferable Skills: Translating Non-legal Work Experience
In addition to noting your accomplishments, it is also important to highlight transferable skills. Transferable skills are those skills that will be assets in your next position, even if your prior experience doesn't directly relate. Transferable skills allow people to move from practice area to practice area and to change careers completely.
Too Much Of A Good Thing?
In various other articles, we focus on detailing your accomplishments. Here, we're going to tell you that you also need to self-edit a bit when it comes to tooting your own horn. While some people struggle to come up with even a few decent things to say about themselves, others have trouble whittling down the vast, excellent experience and accomplishments they've garnered over the years. It is worth it to whittle away, however, because there can be too much
The Role Of A Cover Letter Cs. A Resume
It is assumed by many that the role of a cover letter is to get an employer to want to read your resume. The idea is that the letter should pique the interest of the employer and make him/her want to see what your resume has to say.
The Perfect Legal Cover Letter
Sometimes it is difficult to know what belongs in a cover letter. To take some of the confusion out of it, compare a cover letter to a movie or a book. The best movies and books are compelling, make us think without being over our heads, and are only as long as they need to be. The same is true of a cover letter. Effective cover letters come in all shapes and sizes. As with a resume, the length and content of your letter should be dictated by how much you actually need to tell the person you are writing to. Some resumes speak for themselves and do not require a lengthy cover letter. If you feel, however, that your resume does not fully showcase your potential, despite having fleshed out your experience and strengths as much as possible, then you might require a longer letter to get your point across. While your resume should contain everything that's vital to your candidacy, there are some things that just cannot be fully expressed by a resume alone. An effective cover letter will step in where your resume leaves off and further highlight your strengths and diminish your weaknesses.
The Format Of Your Legal Resume
The format/design of a successful legal resume accomplishes three things: 1) it is pleasing to the eye, 2) it is easy to scan, and 3) it highlights those things you want to highlight, while downplaying those things you want to hide. If your layout accomplishes these three things, it's fantastic! We say that because people tend to fret unnecessarily over the look of their resumes, often to the point that they lose sight of what's really important: the content. You might love Helvetica font or hate Times New Roman, but if 9 out of 10 people disagree, you've got to go with what the masses like. Creating your resume is not akin to decorating your house. While your format needn't be mundane, keep in mind that your artistic sensibility is not what counts in your search for a legal position.
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