Legal Resume Examples

1. Create a strong profile section

Having a strong profile section is a surefire way of ensuring that hiring managers give your resume more than just a quick glance. Your profile should be a concise and powerful summary about who you are as a professional, what you have achieved, and what you bring to the table. This is where you should include any information that will make you stand out as a candidate. Do you have significant experience in real estate or antitrust law? Tell readers what makes you special.

2. Keep it compelling

Imagine how boring it must be to read through hundreds of resumes. We encourage you to keep your resume as interesting as possible. If you find that you’re using the same verbs over and over again to describe your past experiences, it’s time to change that. Using powerful action verbs that are less common is a great way to stand out to hiring managers. So while everyone else “was responsible for” things, you can talk about the projects you “executed” instead.

3. Show, don’t tell

When you can show your strengths, instead of just talking about them, you’re winning. So, instead of telling someone what great relationships you have had with clients, show them how many cases you have won and provide a little information about them. Providing real life examples that convey your greatest skills and achievements is a much more interesting way to present yourself. Go back and re-read your resume. Are you being too general about past roles and responsibilities? If so, make a list of your proudest career moments and find ways to incorporate them into your resume.

4. List strong references

Your references could make the difference in whether or not you get hired for a job. Don’t underestimate their power! Be sure to list people who can easily and happily provide information regarding your skills, abilities, and character. Don’t list people who are notoriously unreachable or who take long to answer emails. You want to make the hiring process as easy for the hiring manager as possible. So take the time to reach out to your references and remind them that they might be receiving a call soon.

  • Excellent Analytical Thinking Skills

  • Strong Multitasking Skills

  • Legal Research Skills

  • Strong Attention to Detail

  • Oral and Written Communication Skills