Part 1 of 3 Law Student Job Campaign: “K” is for having a kaleidoscope-like résumé, not a collision!

I’ve always liked kaleidoscopes. The fact that a mixture of mirrors and coloured glass can yield so many patterns is beautiful to me. The above photograph is from a giant kaleidoscope installation by David David during Nuit Blanche, 2014.

Since becoming a certified résumé strategist, I cannot help but make a mental comparison of that photograph to the countless résumés I review:

Instead of a beautiful display of one’s work and background, I often see a collision of experience jammed under one heading (usually entitled “Work Experience”).

Just how a kaleidoscope can showcase patterns and light in endless ways, a résumé can do the same. How you choose to piece things together takes a little thought and creativity, but with so many options, it’s an opportunity to bring out the best of your profile. The key is to look at your work history and background, and determine if there are any groupings that are relevant to the potential employer.

Because I am heavily engaged in this work right now (with articling applications due July 1st and second year summer applications due August 22) I thought I would share a few résumé headings that I’ve created for clients:

Law School Highlights
Litigation and Mooting Experience
Corporate and Business Experience
Human Rights and Advocacy Experience
Writing and Research
Entrepreneurial Activities
Industry Experience

See one that applies to your profile? Great, use it!

If not, create your own kaleidoscope, or hire me to do it for you!

Every year, Lawyer Coach Paulette works with 2L students on wordsmithing their applications, and preparing them for OCI and firm interviews. Contact her to schedule a 30-minute complimentary call  or visit www.21stcenturylawyer.ca

This article was originally posted on AWAL.

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