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REVISE YOUR RESUME TODAY, BENEFIT IMMEDIATELY

Have you been too busy at work or with your personal life to give thought to revising your resume?  If you think that your position seems secure, then you might believe that you can always update it when the “time” arrives.  At Rifkin Consulting, we find that being pro-active with regard to your resume on a regular basis is crucial for several reasons:

  • One obvious reason is for you to be prepared to act when a special opportunity arises.

  • A less obvious reason is that keeping your resume up to date reminds you of what you have accomplished, as well as where you need to make improvements.

Let’s discuss making your resume stand out from others!  Most resumes are experience-oriented, and follow a standard format.  An example of this would be:

  • Experience in wide range of civil litigation matters including residential real estate breach of contract disputes; easement, zoning and riparian right disputes; and construction defect cases

  • Experience in all stages of pre-trial civil litigation including drafting complaints, serving and responding to discovery requests, drafting motions and settlement agreements

  • Drafted and reviewed purchase contracts and drafted easements for residential real estate transactions

How can you change your resume to make it more dynamic, more interesting, and more meaningful?  Quantify your accomplishments!  Here is an example:

  • Experience in more than two dozen civil litigation matters including residential real estate breach of contract disputes;

  • Responsible for managing pre-trial litigation including drafting  dozens of complaints, serving and responding to more than twenty (20) discovery requests, drafting numerous motions and settlement agreements,

  • Personally drafted and reviewed fifteen (15) purchase contracts and drafted ten (10) easements for residential real estate transactions.

As a result, a potential employer will not only see it in writing - they will feel it.  Your experience becomes less vague and more tangible. The employer can better assess whether your expertise might meet their needs.  We see on a daily basis that a dynamic resume catches the eye more than a passive one.

Here is the key:  ask yourself two (2) things:

  • Would YOU hire this person? 

  • Could your resume be submitted by nearly anyone in your practice area and at your lateral level?  If so, then you should discard it and begin anew.

It is human nature to become complacent when we are busy and feel relatively productive.  Reviewing our accomplishments regularly in this manner keeps us on our toes…which is exactly where we need to be – in any kind of economy!

Rifkin Consulting offers complimentary resume guidance to our candidates.  Confidentiality remains of the utmost importance.

By Diane Rifkin, Esq.
President, Rifkin Consultlng
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Visit www.rifkinconsulting.com to learn more about how our attorney recruiters can advance your career!

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Rifkin Consulting attorney recruiters offer complimentary resume guidance to our candidates.  Confidentiality remains of the utmost importance.