Sample Legal Resume
This sample legal resume (Legal Secretary)
is a guide only. Use your history and
skill set to flesh out your resume opting for a professional, attractive yet clean
layout befitting of a legal position. Ensure you highlight your achievements
early if possible.
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A sample legal resume to get you started
set aside several hours to build a resume.
will need quiet space and a computer with Word (recommended)
the tone. Do your homework. Are you applying for
a similar role, are you experienced in the job that you seek or is this a
career change? These are questions you need to ask to tailor your
the framework. Think about your work history and
quickly jot down the positions you’ve held, whom you worked for and the
dates you worked there. Double check details and spelling to ensure
accuracy. Go back five years - or more if you have stayed in the current
job for several years.
out your work history using job descriptions for
each. If they are not available, you will have to work from memory. Your
job is to expand on your duties.
cannot stress the importance of “fully” detailing your duties.
It helps the employer understand exactly what you can do, and it helps you
understand your strengths as well.
the layout is attractive (check through the
samples for inspiration). Do not use photographs unless your job requires
it. Strive for two to three pages (less for the US).
now have all the information you need to write a compelling
summary outlining your strengths (see examples). This
paragraph goes at the beginning.
you have identified specific skills, you can add bullet points shortly
following the summary i.e., Advanced Microsoft Suite Experience etc.
you happy with the result? Good. Now proofread and have a
trusted friend proofread it with you. Then check it again.
don’t forget a well-written cover letter using
your strengths to target the role on offer.
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