LegalJob recently read this post on the Law Street Journal site concerning tips for strong resumes.  The author made a good point about paying strict attention to what the employer is requesting and focusing on the specific needs of the employer’s company.

In other words, taylor your resume (and cover letter) to the specific job listing by highlighting the skill sets demanded.  If not possible then perhaps you are not the right candidate for the particular position.  In the big firm world, the candidate may have to consult NALP or some materials from the Fall interviewing program to determine the employer’s general needs.

The successful candidate will likely demonstrate in writing that he or she:

  1. Has read closely what the position requires.
  2. Understands exactly what the employer is looking for based on that reading.
  3. Has the relevant academic training, job experience, etc. to satisfy the employer’s needs.