Law clerks and other legal support staff in Ontario put in years of schooling and considerable effort to develop and maintain their professional skills. When you’re looking for a position as a law clerk, you want your skills and knowledge to stand out to employers – not to be buried in awkward verbiage or lost in a list of dates and names.
How can you write a resume that will get you hired? Consider these tips:
- Language is an asset.
Law is about language, and no one knows this better than law clerks. Because your resume is a written document, it serves a sample of your ability to write clear, concise, organized prose as well as documents detailing your other abilities. Be concise and use plain language whenever you can – but do use legal-profession-specific terms when they accurately describe the work you do or the credentials you’ve earned.
- Pay attention to format and organization.
Your resume should provide a hiring manager with an “at-a-glance” overview of the skills, experience, and accomplishments that make you a good fit for the position. Make sure that it is easy to read and is professionally organized.
Each resume should be tailored to the organization to which you are applying. Learn everything you can about the job and the organization by reading and talking to those who have worked there in the past. Highlight the skills, experience, and approach to work that make you a great fit for this employer.
- Work with a recruiter.
At Kent Legal, our experienced recruiters can help you find the legal support position you’re looking for – and prepare application materials and interview responses that will help your skills shine. Contact us today to learn more, or browse our legal support jobs in Toronto.