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Career advancement minute: Effectively communicating qualifications on a resume

January 25, 2013

The goal of a well written resume is to help you move onto the next stage of the job search - the interview. Heather Frattone L’98 provides quick tips on how to highlight skills and accomplishments on a professional resume to ensure you clearly communicate why you are the best fit for the job.


Your resume really is the core of your written application materials. So you want to think very strategically about every entry, every word, why it’s on there, and what you’re trying to convey to a prospective employer.

If you’re trying to transition from education to the practice of law, as a law student, you will want to think about, for your education entries, you’re a teacher, what skills do you develop in that job that would be relevant to a legal employer. The content may not be the same, but you developed really core, important skills, that a prospective employer will want to see.

It’s clear, it’s concise, and it’s easy on the eye. Often times employers are looking through thousands of resumes and you want yours to pop out and to clearly convey why you would be a good match for that prospective employer.

Transcript edited for length.