Resume and Interview for the Legal Job
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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
- Employer Research
Why, when, and how to research future employers.
- Investigate Your Future Employer Before You Accept the New Job
Information you should gather on your future employer.
- Research Guides: Job Hunting Research Tips
The more you know about your prospective employer's practice the better chance you have of distinguishing yourself from other applicants.
- Research Your Future Employer
Make sure your prospective employer is stable and poised for growth.
- Resources to Research Employers
Here you will find several tools to research your future employer.
- 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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