Every good female leader knows that a great resume can be helpful. While it won’t catapult you to the top, it can certainly help you climb those first few rungs on the ladder of success.  What you need, to get noticed and to get the job, is the perfect resume.

1) The top

The top part of your resume is where you introduce yourself and make sure they remember your name. It is best to choose a simple font that highlights your name and contact details without being too fancy.  Simplicity is key, and will ensure that your potential employer can read your name and remember it.

2) Objective

This is a very important section that may change for every job you apply for. What can you bring to the table for this job? How will you fill a void that no other candidate can?  Keep it concise, under 30 words, and shorter if possible.  This is what should make you stand out, as often the hiring manager will look at this section first.  Highlight yourself, but don’t exaggerate.

3) Work history

Highlight your relevant work.  It is not necessary to include all your high school jobs when you are applying for a position at a law firm. Be selective in what past jobs you have held, but try not to leave huge gaps where it looks like you didn’t work for years. That can make employers suspicious, unless you have a good reason (school, perhaps).  Beneath your job experiences, list what you accomplished there. Highlight working with a team, meeting hard deadlines,  writing, or going above and beyond to do a certain project or host a certain event. You know what you are most proud of from that job, so highlight it.

4) Education

If you are unsure of where to place your education on your resume, follow this guideline. If you have five or more years of experience after graduation, list your work history first. If you are a recent graduate, list your education first. If you are a current or recent grad and your GPA is higher than 3.0, list it. Do not list your GPA if it is any lower, or if you graduated four years ago, for example.  As you advance in your career, your college GPA becomes much less important and can be removed from your resume.

Only include your high school education and GPA if you do not have any college experience under your belt. If you do have college experience, that trumps your high school. Save the space and delete your high school experiences.

 Do Not Include

  1. Your language skills, unless they specifically apply to the job you are applying for

  2. Your hobbies, because your employer does not and will not care.

  3. Words that make you sound inexperienced such as “need” or “chance”

Aryssa D
FFL Cabinet Member