First, we strongly recommend that candidates maintain a current resume. Typically recruiters are under time constraints and need a resume as soon as possible to attempt to get candidates considered in the interviewing process. It is also in the candidates’ best interest since one never knows when one’s current work environment could change.
A resume is an extremely important tool. It is an extension of the candidate. It is the ultimate marketing tool. It is necessary that one take the time to prepare a solid resume. There are many different formats from which to choose, but we find a one to two page resume is sufficient and does the best job. We recommend placing your name, address, and phone number at the top. If you have an answering machine (which is highly recommended through the search process) we suggest a professional outgoing message and urge candidates to stay away from corny, fun messages. Education or work experience should be the first thing on your resume. You should always list your highest education first (i.e., Juris Doctorate) and honors should always be highlighted. We suggest listing your work experience from present to past. The most desirable resume is one that caters to a specific job opening. Under work experience it is best to try and emphasize your most applicable experience for that job opening. Always list admissions and admissions that are pending. It is optional to list publications, associations and hobbies. If you should list and publications, associations, or hobbies, it is recommended that they go towards the end of the resume.
Resume Red Flags
Always proofread for spelling and grammar. It is also highly recommended to have another professional proofread your resume.
We never suggest a resume longer than two or three pages at the most.
Avoid fancy fonts. Simple, easy to read fonts are the best.
In the event you have moved often, try to explain the moves on the resume for the prospective employer.
Avoid listing jobs that are not applicable, that go back to college days such as 'gym trainer' or 'waiter.'
Avoid complimenting your achievements. For example: Have written a number of outstanding patent applications with much ambition. Avoid unnecessary adjectives.