- Keep your resume to one page only! If you have publications and/or articles that you would like to highlight, then include them on a separate page titled "Publications" and send it along with your resume and cover letter.
- It's often a good idea to write a transaction or deal sheet list. This conveys specifics to those who need to know. It is important to recruiters and potential employers to see that you are aware of the world around you and not just "filing, drafting, preparing documents." The fact that you were drafting a memo for Client Company ABC means a lot more.
- If you are an attorney looking for a law job, there is no need to list all of your jobs through your undergraduate program, even if they were somehow related to the law. "Researched statutes and cases having to do with start-up businesses to make sure my cousin's business was not breaking any rules"? Nope. Doesn't work.
- If you're a new lawyer with little law firm experience, it's best to list your education first rather than your employment experience. Think about it this way - you spent three years toiling away in law school. Once you've got three years of work experience as a lawyer under your belt, you can put your experience first.
Jessica Shevitz is a Director of Associate Recruiting at Alan Roberts & Associates, an established attorney recruitment search firm. Alan Roberts & Associates is located at 950 Third Avenue, New York, NY.
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