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How to Present Gaps in Employment and Only One Former Employer on Your Resume
I work with a lot of resumes in my line of work. I have worked with attorneys from all over the country, and just about every attorney I have worked with has a unique situation, whether he or she has just graduated from law school and is entering the workforce for the first time or is transitioning from another profession in which he or she gained five to 10 years of experience before returning to college to earn a law degree. I have worked with law students looking for summer associate positions, and I have worked with high-powered New York attorneys with 20-plus years of experience. Some seek employment with a firm, and some want something in-house; some want to keep their options open, while others are only interested in contract work in order to gain experience for their own independent practices.
Grim Reality for Real Estate and Finance Attorneys
The recent forced buy-out of Bear Stearns by JPMorgan Chase is a significant catalyst for displaced lawyers.
Your Resume: A Marketing Tool
I studied journalism as an undergraduate, a field that emphasizes identifying the audience to which one is speaking when writing a piece. For example, many local newspapers throughout the country are written to a fifth-grade-level audience, but the Wall Street Journal and New York Times write to a much more advanced level of education. Not only do such newspapers use bigger words and more complicated sentence structures, but the content of their articles is geared not just to inform but to provide information for individuals to build upon and to apply to concepts discussed in their own businesses or communities.
Identify a Career Focus in Your Legal Job Search
Unless you are an entrepreneur with funding and other resources available to you (including risk management) to start your own practice, you should find a niche or two among your interests, talents, and skill sets that you can offer to the legal profession. And the big secret in the entrepreneurial world is that as a business owner, you are still seeking to find a niche in the global marketplace but just with higher stakes — such as the livelihood of your staff and clientele, in addition to yourself and your family.
Networking during Your Job Search
Perhaps your firm is downsizing; perhaps you have some ethical concerns regarding company activity; perhaps you are moving to a new city for personal reasons, such as your spouse accepting a new position or your child enrolling in a private school. Are you prepared to make a change in your career?
Using Strong Verbs in Your Attorney Resume
Whether you use bullets or place structured phrases in prose form separated by semicolons in your resume, you know that resumes must sound assertive, project confidence, and place you in a category above the rest. Using strong action verbs in your consistently structured phrases makes your resume easy to read; potential employers can retain more information about you. In addition, solidly written phrases establish that you will actively deliver in the position for which you are applying.
Sending a Transaction Sheet with Your Attorney Resume
Including a representative transaction sheet as an addendum to your attorney resume allows you to provide more detail about the legal transactions you have conducted throughout your career. Usually one or two pages, the sheet lists transactions in bulleted prose and groups them by law category under headings with category names.
The Perfect Way to Introduce Your Attorney Resume
Transferable Skills Often Facilitate a Needed Career Shift
The oil crisis of 1987 eliminated many oil-related jobs in the United States. The advent of the Internet in the mid-1990s changed the business outlook for many job sectors including IT and the media. 9/11 affected the financial industry in 2001, and the real estate sector is feeling the pain now as lending institutions struggle to stay afloat.
On Lying on Your Attorney Resume
If an employer discovers that you lied on your resume, chances are you will get fired immediately. It doesn't matter how long it took them to find out or how much you have impressed them all along, it's a matter of your credibility. You will also certainly lose your chances of employment over lack of honesty far more than your lack of credentials, if the employer decides to verify the contents of your resume.
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