One of the biggest dilemmas for job seekers is their resume length. Most believe that if your resume is too long, you risk the hiring manager not reading the whole thing. But if it’s too short, you can look like you don’t even have enough experience.
Hence, the length of your legal CV plays a significant role in catching the attention of your hirers.
So, how long should your legal resume be?
Is there really a one-size-fits-all?
The rule is that there is no rule.
Here are some helpful tips to remember:
Make it short and sweet
More “wow,” fewer words. Keep it exciting and engaging with concise achievements to match the job and the skills they ask for. Do not repeat the accomplishments over and over.
If you have less than seven years of experience, stick to one page. Need more to show your impressive achievements? Stick to the two-page limit.
If you really need to go beyond two pages, make sure it’s compelling enough to see the light of day. The length of your legal resume grows with the amount of experience required.
For jobs that ask for 7+ years of experience, a two-page legal resume is acceptable.
Highlight your achievements
A few impressive achievements beat a long list of responsibilities. Distinguish yourself from the competition and sell yourself well. Don’t repeat the same achievement over and over in different words. Be consistent, clear, and relevant.
Embrace bullet points
Bullet points can help you condense a lot of information. It also makes it incredibly easy for the recruiter to skim through your CV and identify key information. If you are using bullets, make sure that each point contains no more than two sentences.
Relevant content on the first page
Stop attempting to cram all your skills and experience onto one page. If you extend your legal resume length to two pages, make sure to include the most compelling information on page one.
Eliminate unnecessary details
Research the job description to which you’re applying and note what skills and qualifications the employer lists at the top. Make sure you’ve added everything. Any irrelevant details shouldn’t feature on the list.
Make sure that your CV makes it easy for your employers to know more about you and serves as a powerful marketing tool that highlights the most relevant selling points.
Are you still finding it difficult to create a crisp CV?
If you are struggling to make your resume conform to a particular number of pages, how about experimenting a bit with the font, size, spacing between paragraphs, and margins?
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— This post has been authored by Adithi Holla, a Campus Ambassador of ResuGo.