I hope you either had (if you are back to school) or are having a great winter break. Did anyone work on their resume over the break? If not, now is the time to work on it!
Now is the time to make sure your resume is up-to-date.
If you didn’t get a chance to do so in the fall, now is the time to make sure your resume is up-to-date and ready to send out at a moment’s notice. You also want to make sure that you have gotten some feedback on your resume so reach out to the career services office at your school for an appointment to have your resume reviewed. Your career services office will be able to help you make sure your resume is law friendly as you start networking for those 1L summer jobs.
Oh and don’t forget about cover letters.
I would recommend that you write a standard cover letter, which can be tweaked for a few different types of job opportunities. That way if you learn about a potential job, you can quickly turn around a resume and cover letter. A cover letter should be well crafted and edited. Again, get feedback from career services or other trusted resources in your world. You don’t ever want to send out a first-draft cover letter!
Working on your resume and cover letter now will help you avoid embarrassing mistakes.
Have you ever hired anyone to work for you? The resume and cover letter say a lot about an applicant, right? If your cover letter and resume are poorly formatted, messy, or have typos, that is going to be a problem. You want your resume and cover letter to be perfect! You want to be certain you are putting your best foot forward. The legal marketplace is a competitive one, so you don’t want to give the person reading your resume any reason to ignore you (such as mistakes or typos!).
Working on your resume early and getting feedback is a surefire way to perfect your resume and make it ready for circulation.
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