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Effective Resumes

Resume information should be clear and concise and specific about your skill set. Consider what you knew when you began the job and what you know now. Focus on results and what has changed as a result of your involvement. Understand the expectations of the employer and make sure to prioritize the information on your resume to reflect their expectations.

Targeted Cover Letters

While the resume is about you, the cover letter is about the employer. Take apart the job listing or the information from their website about the specific area or position. Make a line by line list of their expectations and list what you have that will “match” next to them. Your cover letter should begin with an introduction that states why you are writing and shares any connection that you might have with the organization including who referred you or how you heard about the opportunity. The body of the letter should focus on the employer’s expectations and sharing your skill set and accomplishments that match. Close with an action: you will follow-up with a phone call or e-mail, you would like to schedule an interview or any action that emphasizes your interest.

Resources

Most law school career centers have websites that offer tips on effective resumes and cover letters. Contact each school for policies for alumni and reciprocity for graduates of other law schools.

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