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How To Effectively Utilize A Summary Section In Your Resume
A section that summarizes your key attributes is an important opening section of a resume. When employers receive upwards of 100 resumes per day for an advertised position, they do not have much time to devote to each one. Rather than just informing an employer about your history, a brief, well-written summary will highlight your relevant strengths, grab the employer's attention, and make him or her want to continue reading the rest of your resume in more detail. The summary can bring attention to skills that are most relevant to the position you are seeking, especially if they are not reflected by your most recent position.
Highlight Your Accomplishments!
We can't emphasize enough how important it is to highlight accomplishments in your job descriptions. This is the number-one item that makes or breaks a resume, and it is the one area that people struggle with the most. First, you need to understand what is meant by
Frequently Asked Questions About Cover Letters
Here are brief answers to some frequently asked questions about cover letters:
Following Up
Following up is one of the easiest, least time-consuming things you can do in your job search, and it probably has one of the biggest effects. All too frequently, job seekers spend months perfecting everything-the resume, cover letter, interview suit, hairstyle, etc.-only to land an interview, do well in the interview, and completely drop the ball afterwards.
Drafting A Cover Letter For Any Situation
You failed the bar exam-four times. You quit your last position because you thought your boss was an unethical scumbag. You took time off to backpack through Europe after graduation, unexpectedly fell in love, and spent the next three years frolicking through the streets of Paris with your amour-all before he/she vanished into thin air and you decided it was time to practice law.
Don't Become A ''Resume And Cover Letter Obsessor''
Equally as dangerous as the resume and cover letter slobs are the resume and cover letter obsessors. Obsessors are those who nitpick and question every single word in their materials. They spend hours debating whether to use ''effectively'' or ''successfully,'' ''simultaneously'' or ''at the same time.'' They circulate their resumes at dinner parties and take polls on whether their name should be in 18- or 20-point font in their headings.
Demystifying The
To an active job-seeker, the term ''employer'' doesn't simply refer to a human being who needs to hire another human being. Instead, it refers to a mysterious god-like entity who selects the ''good'' from the ''bad.'' Many legal job seekers believe that the key to a successful resume or cover letter lies in a magic phrase, word, format, or font that will immediately land them on the ''good'' pile. They believe that the hiring partner or recruiter is a proverbial Rumplestiltskin, waiting for some insightful job seeker to say their name.
Backing Up Your Claims With Evidence
An attorney once sent us a sample cover letter that he'd been using for almost a year. He felt pretty confident in it and expressed bewilderment that it hadn't resulted in any interviews.
Apply! Apply! Apply!
Applying for a job is a scary thing. It means opening yourself up to the possibility of rejection. It means that you'll be moving beyond what might feel comfortable. You may be experiencing last-minute feelings of guilt or disloyalty toward your current employer for wanting to leave. Or you might be feeling anxiety about where you fit into the legal marketplace. Knowing and understanding that it's scary, however, is the first step in overcoming any fears you may be experiencing.
Addressing Red Flags And Weaknesses In Your Resume
A red flag is anything that might cause an employer to question your work history or to think poorly of you as a candidate. This could be an employment gap, frequent job changes, a particularly short tenure at one or more positions, or the termination of a position. Other factors that may weaken you as a candidate include lack of experience, too much experience, age, or an unfocused work history. The cover letter is often your best forum for addressing flaws in your candidacy since it allows you to explain yourself directly. But there are some things that can be done within your resume's format and layout that are also effective in minimizing any weaknesses.
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