5 Things Attorneys Should Remove from Their Resume

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Since resumes are often what gets you in the door at a particular firm, it is vital that they clearly present you in the best light. Ironically, for as much emphasis we place on what’s on your resume, employers will generally only look at your resume for only 11 seconds or less. This means that you have a very small window to make an impression. The more your resume is flooded with unnecessary things, the more likely it is that you fail to make an impactful impression and an employer’s opinion of you gets diluted.

Here are five things that you can remove from your resume ASAP.

Objective Statement

Too many objective statements are pointless and merely state the obvious. To obtain a challenging position with a dynamic law firm that will utilize my skills and expertise. The fact that you’re submitting your resume is evidence that you want to work at the firm. Do yourself a favor and take this off of your resume right away.

References Available Upon Request

It is assumed that if they ask you for references that you will provide them. Having this line in your resume simply wastes space that can be used for something more meaningful.

Work Email

Unless you own the company, it is in poor taste to conduct your job search through your firm’s email system. Besides, it gives the impression that you’re job searching on your current firm’s time. Use a personal email account for your job search.

Irrelevant Work Experience

Your resume is not a synopsis of every job you’ve held since you graduated. Only showcase the stuff that you did or achieved that will be required or significant in your next role. If nothing you did at a former job is relevant to the job you're applying for, take it off.

Software Proficiencies

If you’re an attorney, it is assumed that you and everyone else that is applying is proficient in Microsoft Word and other Office applications. This is not an impressive fact to include in your resume. If you have experience in certain research software, it doesn’t need to be highlighted separately. Instead, you can casually mention it when discussing the legal research you’ve done in a particular role.