Resume Tips

Resources

Cover Letters
• Be brief – 2 to 3 paragraphs.
• Briefly state why YOU are suited.
• Indicate why you are interested in the organization receiving your resume. Stating interest in a practice area not offered by the organization is a big mistake.
• In final paragraph, let employer know the best ways to contact you.

Education
• Degree, date, school, major/minor.
• GPA only if over 3.5; grade is one of the easiest first screens.
• Achievements and awards.
• Include certificates and licenses.

Experience
• Full- or part time positions.
• Internships.
• Title, firm/corporation, dates, job description.
• For entry-level opportunities, list all positions held.
• For gaps in work history, include explanation: attended school, raising family.

Additional Skills:
• Computer and Language Identify the software programs you are comfortable using.
• Indicate if you speak, write, read foreign language(s) frequently.
• Recognition / Achievements Promotions, awards, special commendations.
• Include articles published; related public speaking events.

Overall Tips
• Your resume should reflect the real you. Interests and non-legal experience can give a candidate a dimension that is not obvious simply by looking at grades.
• Most importantly: convey drive, dedication, and success.
• Be solutions-oriented. Find out what pain an employer is experiencing & show how you can solve it.