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Guiding Principle: Focus on what your resume is supposed to do 80 Dodge Aspen. Automatic. 55Kmiles. $710. A great classic car at a very reasonable price. 1980 Dodge Aspen 4-door sedan in good mechanical condition, with super clean body and interior. Last of the extra-reliable rear wheel drive Chrysler line with many extra options, automatic, air, rear window defroster, etc. and only 55,000 original miles on the fabulous long-lasting extra-durable 225 cubic inch slant-6 engine. Asking only $710.
Address my needs and priorities, not your wishes and aspirations Dont tax my patience Dont tax my credulity Give me the information I want, and only the information I want, in a sequence that lets me make a snap judgment about you.
Sections Heading Education Experience Additional Information
Brain Dump Qualities of an ideal lawyer: Energy (hard work) Follow-through Ability to juggle multiple tasks and prioritize Ability to pick up new information quickly Ability to deal with time pressures and tight deadlines Team player Initiative Motivation Creativity/imagination/inventiveness Self-confidence Flexibility Intelligence Persuasiveness Persistence Attention to detail Willingness to accept responsibility Ability to handle stress Goal-orientation Enthusiasm Skills of an ideal lawyer: Problem solving Legal analysis and reasoning Legal research Factual investigation Communication (written and verbal) Counseling Negotiation Organization and management of legal work
Format Length: one page only Make it easy to read Font: Just one. Arial, Times, Garamond Margins: Ideally an inch around, no less than.7 on the sides and.5 on the top and bottom Headings should stand out Use white space, underlining, bold, capital letters, italics and font size thoughtfully Font size preferred: 10.5-12 pt Use consistent formatting Avoid visual distraction – no colors
Heading Name – a little larger font & bold Contact info: One mailing address unless geographically relevant Email address/voicemail
Education Reverse chronology You attend: Loyola University Chicago School of Law Juris Doctor NOT Juris Doctorate! Only your expected graduation date, no date ranges Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, May 2009 Deans List is possessive GPA: 3.141 (3 digits to the right of decimal) A DDITIONAL L EGAL E DUCATION Contemporary Issues for Trust Fiduciaries, Continuing Legal Education Program, October 2, 2012, offered by Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Experience Reverse chronology Paid, unpaid, full-time, part-time, volunteer work Employers name, city, state, dates of employment, title and job responsibilities Use bullet points and begin with active verbs Lead with most impressive skills, responsibilities What is relevant to the employer? Skills, passion, interest Read job description and gear to job posting Include all legal-oriented transferable skills Differentiate between current and former jobs Use active language
Additional Information Volunteer/Community Services Languages Know your fluency level Personal Interests Licenses and Associations
Avoid Objective Section High school info Computer skills, Lexis/Westlaw References Available Upon Request LSAT score Personal data Abbreviations, acronyms, terms of art Using a form Etc.