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Has anyone had a worthwhile experience working with a professional resume/cover letter writer? My law school career center has been pretty useless and I’ve asked some friends to look it over but I’m still concerned my resume is holding my job search back. (~2 years experience, first new job search since LS)

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No. I actually had the worst experience with a female job coach who told me I shouldn’t think about working in corporate America because it is very demanding and as a woman I cannot have it all. She also recommended that I shouldn’t list my scholarships on my resume because people may think I had it easy!!!

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It depends (ugh! Lol) on the job you're trying to get. If you're trying to go in-house, that's a different resume than firm. I think for firm, you can probably stick to the format/verbiage you used in law school, especially since you're only about 2 years out. If you're looking to go in-house, the key is to use keywords and phrases from the job posting.

Also, FWIW, at this point in your career, move your experience to the top and then education, bar admissions [and certifications, if applicable], professional associations, languages, speaking engagements and publications, as applicable. Add a LinkedIn profile to your contact and remove your specific address. City, state usually works and helps reduce any "address bias".

Also recommend added one sentence to describe your employer, unless it's a very well known company or firm. This is more important in the in-house context to frame to provide context, but could be useful of you work for a smaller firm or a boutique/niche firm.

IDK if you are a member of a bar association, but usually they do resume review activities, so keep an eye out for them.

Okay, that was longer than I intended, but hopefully useful. Good luck!

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