Translate Your Skills from Past Experiences to Future Legal Work
This is the most important thing your resume can tell employers: how the skills you’ve developed or enhanced in previous experience can carry over into strong lawyering skills. Show how your past successes in any field make you the right person for the job. For example, if you worked in retail and developed relationships with clients, or received a performance-based promotion, make sure you highlight that success!
When choosing what to put on your resume, include and describe those items in the following order:
- Skills and Abilities
- Duties and Responsibilities
Describe Your Experiences Specifically
- Use Action Verbs (PDF) to describe the duties you successfully performed and the work you completed, instead of just listing the job description
- Instead of telling the employer you drafted memoranda, tell the employer you drafted memoranda on employment discrimination.
- Be completely honest about what you have done. Do not fabricate anything, or it will come back to haunt you!
Catalog Your Specific Unique Interests
- If you put it on your resume, be prepared to talk about it in an interview!
- An interests section is not required and if you have an interests section, only include truly unique interests
Example: Reading crime dramas, running 10K charity races and cooking Thai food, sounds much more interesting than Reading, running and cooking.
- Do not add interests if it would take you into a second page.
- If you do choose to have an interests section, do not add so many interests that it appears you are more interested in hobbies/leisure than in working for that employer!
- Be cautious about adding controversial interests or activities, such as political activity.
- Never add a Personal section or any information regarding your race, religion, gender, sex, age, marital status, children, weight, pictures or any other personal data
- Know enough about any interest you list to talk about it specifically. An interviewer may connect with you about one of your interests, and you want to know what you are talking about.