A professional legal resume includes your name, where and how you can be contacted, education, awards, employment experience, and extra-curricular activities-usually in that order.
Your name, along with where and how you can be contacted, should be on the header of the first page of your resume. You may consider putting your name on the top of each subsequent page. This helps remind the reader of who you are and can be helpful if the pages of your resume become separated. Please include area codes with your phone numbers, and use a professional e-mail address instead of one that includes a nickname or that might be construed less professionally.
Your educational background is best presented in reverse chronological order beginning with post-secondary degrees and institutions. You should include academic prizes, scholarships, papers or special research projects.
Use the "Employment Experience" portion of your resume to let your personality come through. Job titles and responsibilities should be listed in reverse chronological order. If any of your work helped support you through university, please say so. If any of your work was highly technical, involved teamwork, travel or training, you might wish to include how these factors gave you further insight or increased your knowledge. Use accurate and descriptive active verbs to describe your responsibilities.
When describing "Extracurricular Activities" you might want to highlight your interests such as volunteering, learning languages, involvement in arts, sports, or travel. This is where you can include comments of a more personal nature such as coping skills learned as a result of some of the challenges you've experienced, significant amounts of time spent in other countries, etc.
General Resume Tips
- Keep your resume to two pages in length.
- Use headings, a simple font style, and white space to help your resume look clean and organized.
- Refrain from gimmicks and including personal information such as height/weight, marital status, dependants, photos, or health.
- Triple-check your resume for facts, dates, typographical and grammatical errors. Do not rely on spell-check.
- Have someone proofread everything!