Originally Posted by CTGuy
Well, maybe this is a foolish assumption, but I assume since he is in the business of getting law students jobs he has some sort of knowledge on the subject-- more so than anyone except perhaps an HR manager at a law firm...
yeah, that is the assumption, but not always true....
I guess this is part of what I don't get-- a friend of mine who works for a municipality was telling me that "how the resume looks" is really important to him. My response was -- are you telling me you'll pass over a guy who went to Harvard law because you don't like the font? I don't think he appreciated the comment. I guess in a field where so much is qualification driven and not really...marketing driven (for lack of a better way of putting it) shouldn't the reader be looking at schooling, job experience, honors/skills and not whether I used bullet points? I'm not arguing here since I clearly do not get it. I have to admit I got my job through working with the principal of the firm on a political campaign.
ok, I think that I can clarify this - I might not read more than the first paragraph of most resumes, if it doesn't strike me how the person fits what I am looking for. also, I usually use a system of keeping the top contender on the side - so, as soon as I see one that is good, I compare all others to that one, if it isn't clear to me that a resume is a better fit, I will put it aside, and when I find a better one, I make that the top contender.
also - lets say that I am looking for someobody with specific skills. you are more proud of a different set of skills, so you put those first. I might not get to read about the skills I am looking for, because I won't read your whole resume.
Again-- I'm having a hard time seeing the how the resume does this and not what's written on it. I guess I see what you are saying in the broad strokes and I agree with you, but shouldn't what you're saying lead to the conclusion that the resume is basically a list of your education and accomplishments?
yes, but the way you write it is very important. here is the key element - lets say that there are 200 facts that you can write on your resume. there are 5 things that are most important for me, to decide who to interview. those 5 things should be, in a perfect world, the facts that are easiest for me to see on your resume.