The Nuanced Art of Resume Writing: How to Pull Ahead of the Competition
While most lawyers have a resume on hand, most say they need to update it before applying for a new position. The status quo is to only update when considering a change. If you have been at the same company or firm for three years, a lot has happened and been learned. While this may not seem like a big deal, this is why it is:
- Delays the process. When a job search is underway time is sensitive. Updating and digging for information delays the process and puts you at a disadvantage.
- Risk of forgetting key or pivotal skills, deals, projects to add to a resume, cover letter or deal sheet.
- Procrastination and dread set in if a lot of changes need to be made. In short, it sucks more.
Resume writing can be a laborious and, frankly, unpleasant task…but only if you are starting from scratch or need an overhaul. Add a repeated task to your calendar for a quick quarterly update to ensure it gets done. A twenty-minute tweak every three months can mean the difference between you getting or missing an opportunity. Guaranteed.
You will be ready and NIMBLE· when a recruiter calls with your dream job.
Resumes are only part of your personal brand, all of the pieces of which provide a consistent story about who you are. Each layer gives just a little more texture and context. The goal with resumes, as well as cover letters, is to make a one-dimensional piece of paper or screen become or represent a three-dimensional person. These tactics humanize and make you become more real to the reader, hiring manager, or partner envisioning working with you.
Your personal brand should be layered, using a variety of tools to build upon your image. Clearly, there is more to be said about this – search personal branding in the NIMBLE blog for more information.
You Have 7 Seconds – Use Them Wisely
Research shows that employers skim a resume for approximately seven seconds –
7 SECONDS! - before making a decision to skip or give it further consideration. That means you have one chance to make an impression.
This is how to keep them reading…
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