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Write an Effective Resume

  • Build the Resumé Employers Want

    Three top recruiters tell you how to make a resumé that communicates your skills and experience.

  • Designing an Effective Legal Resume

    A resume is not a detailed biography of your marital status, age and other such personal information. Nor is a resume just a compilation of previous job descriptions. Most legal resumes follow a very traditional style and format. Legal professionals prefer a chronological format, which is what we recommend.

  • How to Write a Legal Resumé

    A good resumé is an extremely important tool in the job-search process. Because firms are inundated with resums, yours must be able to get the attention of the hiring partner and create a good, strong impression at a brief glance. Your resumé is your sales pitch to the hiring partner.

  • How to Write a Masterpiece of a Resumé

    This award-winning guide to resumé writing will teach you to write a resume equal to one done by a top-notch professional writer. It offers examples, format choices, help writing the objective, the summary and other sections, as well as samples of excellent resume writing.

  • How to Write Your Legal Resumé

    Your resumé must grab an employer's attention in less than a minute.

  • On Marketing Your Attorney Resumé

    The only way to get that employer to give your resumé the attention it deserves is to make it outstanding.

  • Preparing an Effective Resumé

    The main purpose of a resumé is to get you an interview. Your resumé conveys who you are and what you have done with your life. It also demonstrates your ability as a writer.

  • Resumé Writing

    A resume is designed to do one thing, and one thing only: to interest a prospective employer sufficiently enough to invite you to an interview. That's the resume's only purpose.

  • Writing Effective Cover Letter and Resumés

    This article gives advice on how to write an effective cover letter and an effective legal resumé, how to act in an interview, follow up and to write thank you letters.

  • Writing Your Resumé

    Use these tips to write an effective resume that meets the employer’s needs and gets you an interview.

Gathering Employer Information


  • Examples of Probing Interview Questions

    All of these questions can and will be asked during interviews with law firms.

  • Guide to Dressing for Interviews with Legal Employers

    What to wear to a legal job interview? Read this article and find out.

  • How do I Prepare for a Job Interview?

    You've made it to an interview, which means that someone was impressed with your résumé and cover letter and wants to find out more about you. This is your time to convince them that you are the right person for the job.

  • How To Excel in Law Firm Interviews

    Helpful pointers that will greatly increase every attorney's chances of receiving a job offer for the right position at the most opportune moment.

  • How to Sell Yourself to a Legal Employer

    The best way to get a good idea of what makes an effective resume and cover letter is to be on the other side of the hiring process. When you are in the position of hiring someone, you will see firsthand what employers like and dislike in applicants.

  • Interview Basics

    Despite the etiquette, formality, and inevitable fear factor, job interviews can actually be enjoyable as well as extremely informative.

  • Job Interview Tips and Suggestions

    Job interview tips to help prepare you to interview effectively. Proper preparation which help alleviate some of the stress involved in job interviews.

  • Law Interview Dos and Don'ts

    Legal interviews carry their own unique nuances and expectations. Here are a few key dos and don’ts to keep in mind.

  • Seven Keys to Interview Preparation

    It's been said that Napoleon won his battles in his tent; that is, he did all the planning the night before the battle was joined, so that every contingency could be adequately covered. Interview preparation is similar.

  • Top Job Interview Mistakes, And How To Avoid Them

    Successful interviewing reflects your ability to sell yourself.

Thank You Letters

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    Workers’ Compensation is a statutory system of providing benefits for physical harm that arises in the course and scope of (i.e., during) employment.
  • Can I Be Fired While on Medical Leave?
    Most states and employers are at-will in nature, meaning that an employer can fire an employee for any reason so long as it is a legal reason. While some leave laws protect employees from being fired or give employees the right to take time off work, these protections are not absolute. Whether you can be fired while on medical leave depends on the type of leave that you are taking and other factors.
  • 5 Signs Your Boss May Be Underpaying You
    Unscrupulous employers may count on workers not knowing their rights
  • Properly Investigating and Responding to Employee Complaints of Harassment or Discrimination
    No employer wants to hear that an employee is alleging that he or she is the subject of harassment or discrimination. But, when it happens (and it likely will sometime), how an employer handles the situation can make the difference between resolving the matter and potential litigation. Here's a roadmap for employers.
  • Can I Sue My Boss over a Client’s Inappropriate Behavior?
    Your employer’s obligation to keep you safe at work.
  • Can I Be Fired for Missing One Day of Work?
    Most states and employers operate under an at-will system in which employers can terminate employees for any reason and employees can quit for any reason. However, employers cannot terminate employees for an illegal purpose, which may or may not occur if an employee misses one day of work. The reason for missing work and the terms of employment largely dictate whether an employee can be fired for missing one day of work.
  • Is Telecommuting a Reasonable Accommodation under the ADA?
    Woman with chronic health condition sues after her request to work from home was denied.
  • Work Injury Compensation: Everything You Need to Know
    What is the one place most people spend more time in than even their own homes? Even if you discount all those hours staying late at the office when you need to meet deadlines, and consider only the typical 9 to 5 workday, you still spend nearly one-third of your adult life in your workplace.
  • Fired for Taking Bereavement -- Any Recourse?
    Losing a friend or loved one is an awful experience, but one through which we will all suffer at one point or another. It is natural to need time following such a loss to collect one’s thoughts, prepare for the departed person’s final arrangements, and otherwise deal with the loss. Unfortunately, while we may all understand these needs on an intuitive level, there is not a legal recognition of this need in most jurisdictions. As a result, bereavement leave is often far from guaranteed.
  • Is Anxiety Affecting Your Work? Find out What the ADA Says about Mental Impairments
    Hard-to-prove conditions can make work life difficult when employers may not be sympathetic

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