Resume Writing Tips
Here are some helpful hints for
you to consider when you sit down to write or revise your resume:
on using best content on your resume.
The descriptions you include of your skills and abilities are
the most important information on the document.
the most important information about your work experience, skills
experience by importance, impressiveness and relevance to the job
you want. Remember that a strong statement which uses power words
and quantifies will affect every statement under it.
titles and skill headings that relate to and match the job.
- Analyze and use the key words that
employers provide in help wanted ads and job descriptions in your
resume and/or cover letter.
Identify and anticipate
the full range of needs each employer faces and show how you can solve
- Leave off negatives and irrelevant
points. ACCENT THE POSITIVE. If
you do some duties in your current job that don’t support your job
search objective, leave them off your resume. Focus
on the duties that do support your objective. Leave off irrelevant
personal information like your race, height and weight.
include hobbies on a resume unless the activity is somehow relevant to
your job objective, or clearly reveals a characteristic that supports
your job objective.
- In the body of your
resume, use bullets and/or short sentences rather than lengthy
paragraphs. Remember that resumes are read quickly.
- Use action words.
Action words cause your resume to pop. To add life to your
resume, use bulleted sentences that begin with action words like “prepared,
developed, monitored, and presented”.
- Make sure all words are
- Construct your resume to
read easily. Leave white space. Use a font size no smaller than 10
point. Limit the length of your resume to 1 page.
- Don't use intricate
fonts that are hard to read. Keeping your fonts standard will
help combat conversion issues from PC to MAC and from one program
version to another.
plain white or ivory paper, in a quality appropriate for the legal
profession. Never use colored paper and don’t get too fancy.
Chronological format is widely
employers, and works well in the legal field.
minimize the job-hopper image, combine several similar jobs into one
"chunk," for example: “Secretary/Receptionist; Jones
Bakery, Micro Corp., Carter Jewelers, 2004-2006”.
you can just drop some of the less important, briefest jobs.
But don't drop a job, even when it lasted a short
time, if that was where you acquired important skills or
you are so close to your situation, it can be difficult for you to hit all
your high points and clearly convey all your accomplishments. Have someone
review your resume and encourage them to ask questions. Their questions
can help you to discover items you inadvertently left off your resume.
Revise your resume to include these items. Their questions can also point
to items on your resume that are confusing to the reader. Clarify your
resume based on this input.