Dennise Cassandra March 12, 2021 Resume
As technology advances and offers us ever more options, it was something of a natural progression that the resume as we know it, evolved into the digital or video resume. Rather than the usual printed or written resume templates we are used to seeing, this is a Digital resume, where the job applicant speaks to a camera and presents his sample resumes in video format. This is a two minute elevator speech kind of resume, where the applicant quickly, concisely and briefly states his or her abilities, and the possible contribution that they could make to the organization they are seeking employment with.
Looking for a new opportunity? At this stage of your career, you are competing against other experienced and accomplished attorneys who are submitting exceptional attorney resumes and cover letters to potential employers. The task of boiling down several years of legal experience into a clear and concise resume can be challenging. You need a legal resume that effectively showcases your qualifications, accomplishments, experience, special skills and education in a hard-hitting and compact presentation. A professional resume writer can work with you one-on-one to create a legal resume and cover letter package that will command attention and set you apart from the competition.
It is not uncommon for the job hunter to mistakenly assume that the potential employer is easily able to sort the highly qualified from the less qualified job applicants. When you consider that you will be competing with hundreds, possibly thousands of other job seekers, you will appreciate that your chances of being successful are significantly reduced. Then when you take into account that your potential employer is likely to have a ‘screening‘ process in which the goal is to reject as many applicants as possible before actually looking to see who might be suitable, you are sure to realise that you really do need to do something that makes you stand out.
For a good number of folks, job search equals resume. Job search equals scanning as many help wanted pages as possible and mailing resumes wherever possible. It also includes attending as many job fairs as possible. And lastly, it would include applying to as many online job postings as possible on Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com or any job board on the internet. Wow, that is just depressing! How many, many resumes must a person send out before realizing that this is a broken path for many of us. For every successful job seeker, I am guessing there are probably many, many more that did not succeed. Although I have mixed feelings about the value or viability of sending out resumes to openings, I would not dispute the importance of a well-constructed resume. My only concern is how it is used. I am a big believer in Richard Bolles‘ statement that resumes are something you leave behind versus something you send ahead.
There are certain components of a resume that are absolutely necessary to include. The first and one of the most important components of your resume, which we will explore here is, ”Targeted Key Words.” Without these, your chances of having your resume actually read are slim to none. In this case, it doesn‘t matter what skills or experience you have, your resume could quite possibly end up in the trash.
Following that train of thought, I have always believed that you should have a number of different resumes prepared. In a previous article, I talked about having the wherewithal to adapt one‘s elevator speech to the situation one finds him or herself in. Likewise, the cover letter and resume you send should be tailored to the needs of the person receiving it.