Writing an impressive legal resume

As with any career or industry, the presentation and layout of your resume is crucial in setting yourself apart from other candidates when applying for a job. It’s the first thing that your prospective employers will look at, and thus crucial in setting the right tone and showcasing all your relevant skills and experience.

Here’s a guide on how to write a clear and impressive legal resume.

–          Tailor the resume to the job. Don’t recycle a generic resume. Rather, take time to consider what skills and experience the job you are applying for requires, and tailor it accordingly. If, for example, you know that the law firm you are applying to places a lot of emphasis on team work, then outline in your resume any successful team work experience or team jobs you have completed.

 –          Make it one page. Unless you have had a long and extensive career, a resume should be no longer than a page. Make your resume as uncluttered and concise as possible. List the important credentials that the employer would want to know, so that they can then get you in for an interview.

 –          Make it simple and clear without extraneous information. Although you might have an interesting life story or a varied work history, avoid putting extraneous information in your resume. This extra information can be discussed at the interview. An employer needs to be able to quickly scan a resume and get an immediate impression of whether or not you are right for the job.

 –          Use a simple font and style in a uniform fashion. Don’t use fancy graphics or colours on your resume. Rather, use a uniform font and style that is clear and easy to read. The key is not to let the layout detract from what is written.

 –          Don’t list personal information or references. If information – such as your age, marriage status, whether you have children, etc – has no bearing on your ability to perform the role, then leave it off your resume. Also, listing references will take up valuable space on your page, so wait for them to ask for references rather than including them.

 –          Spell-check. Spell check your resume, and then spell check it again. You don’t want grammatical or spelling errors to lessen your credibility or chance of getting the job.

Following these tips will help ensure that you have an impressive, easy to read resume that gives you a better chance of landing that legal job you’re after. Writing a good resume is simple, and whether applying for Sydney law jobs or London legal jobs, taking time to make sure it’s professional, easy to read and highlights the necessary skills will put you in better stead to land the job.

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