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Resume Writing Tips

Here are some helpful hints for you to consider when you sit down to write or revise your resume:


  • Concentrate on using best content on your resume.  The descriptions you include of your skills and abilities are the most important information on the document.

    • Highlight the most important information about your work experience, skills and education.   

    • Prioritize 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.

  • Use job 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 those needs.
  • 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.
  • Don't 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 spelled correctly.
  • 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. 
  • Use plain white or ivory paper, in a quality appropriate for the legal profession. Never use colored paper and don’t get too fancy.
  • The Chronological format is widely preferred by employers, and works well in the legal field.   To minimize the job-hopper image, combine several similar jobs into one "chunk," for example:     Secretary/Receptionist; Jones Bakery, Micro Corp., Carter Jewelers, 2004-2006”.   Also 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 experience.


Since 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.

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