LegalJob has recently been asked the following:
Q: How can I improve my cover letter and resume such that I stand out?
Answer: The answer in most cases seems to be that folks are unnecessarily vague in these documents. There are words on the page but they do not say anything. If you have impressive work experience, provide enough details (but in a fairly concise manner) about the substance so that the interviewer understands what he or she is reading before ever talking with you. Big words are not impressive but details are. Your explanation should accomplish two objectives:
If your work experience is not impressive, do not fake it with lots of words on the page. Interviewers see right through that. Every word or sentence should be meaningful and have some purpose. If not, consider deleting.