EXPERIENCE. This is a very tough section of my resume, so I have saved it for last. Isn’t that what an accomplished professional does? Saves the hardest for last? Makes sense to me because, although admittedly unlikely, what if I suffered through the hard part, then died? What a waste of energy and mental capital. Don’t do the hard part til you’re sure you need to.
(Another case in point—ironing. The neighbor to my childhood home ironed all her ironables on Sunday to get ready for the week. Even as a child, I looked upon her with pity. What a waste. I knew even then that one week she’d die and would have at least a few days of clothes ironed that needn’t have been.)
Why is this section so hard? Because I must walk a fine line between telling the reader that I have terrific experience in law but want to do something else. Tricky. I read once that people have a hard time changing fields because their resume is written describing someone you’d want to hire for their original field of work. So, if I’d spent 28 years driving a backhoe, detailed those jobs in EXPERIENCE, then submitted it for a job as an arts curator—you get the picture. My objective is to say, “I am so good at what I used to do that I want to repurpose my skills in your employ doing something completely different.” Sounds Monty Python-ish
Lastly, according to my research, I am to give short shrift to tasks and skills but drone on about my accomplishments. The idea is that the recruiter thinks he is reading about my experience but I am really moving him with my stellar accomplishments. Stealth. Here goes.
XYZ Law Firm
Other Legal Employment –
My resume is now complete.
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