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Attorney Resume Writing Tips
When creating your resume, the following eight tips can help you stand out in a sea of applicants.
Tip # 1: Focus On Your Objective
Your resume objective is the first taste the viewer gets of the rest of your document. It tells a hiring manager whether they should continue reading or move on to the next candidate. As such, it is essential that you use this space to make a strong case as to why you should be hired. Some ways to do that include:
- State how long you have worked in the legal field as well as the main duties you have experience with
- Summarize your education and the most relevant skills
- State what makes you a great candidate for the position you want
Keep it short but make sure it is solid and convincing. This one section could potentially make or break your chances of being hired.
Tip # 2: Make Soft Skills a Priority
Your legal skills and experience are important, but soft skills are also essential. If faced with choosing between a legal expert with a few soft skills and someone with less experience but many soft skills, many hiring managers will prefer those with more soft skills. This is because job-related skills can be taught and learned through work experience. Soft skills, however, take time to develop.
Tip # 3: Devise a Strong Work Experience Section
You do not have to add every single duty you have ever performed to your work experience, but you want to be sure you add the most relevant ones. Also, point out any significant accomplishments related to your field.
Tip # 4: Avoid Passive Language
When writing your resume, write in an active tone. For instance, do not say you were “responsible for organizing client meetings.” State instead that you “Planned and organized client meetings.” Other actions verbs that do well include the following:
Words such as these help you look more proactive and action-based than their passive counterparts.
Tip # 5: Add Numbers Where Possible
Numbers can help to visibly showcase your expertise. If you completed a lot of networking and brought in several new clients to your previous firm, be sure you add this to your resume. However, instead of simply stating that you drove in a more extensive clientele, try to do so with specifics. For example, instead of saying, “Attracted new clients,” say, “Increased clientele by 30%.”