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    .                     123 Elm Street  Waterloo, IA 50707  319.555.5555  .

Strong communicator, praised for detail-oriented mind-set in conducting legal research, adept client
interaction skills, and commended ability to prioritize tasks under looming deadlines. Possess in-depth
knowledge of legal terminology and principles, specifically in areas of international, corporate, and
bankruptcy / finance law. Competent in analyzing legal documents for accuracy, record keeping, recruiting,
organizing, and drafting correspondence.

Areas of Expertise: Legal Document Summarizing  Records Research  Research Coordination  Proofreading
                          Report Preparation  Legal Document Preparation  Immigration / Real Estate Law
                            Probate and Estate Administration  Penal / Tort Law  Litigation Practice (Civil)


LEGAL ASSISTANT  ABC & BCD LLP  Waterloo, IA  20xx – 20xx
    Helped firm meet continuing legal education requirements by compiling extensive list of CLE
       specifications for most U.S. and international jurisdictions in which firm’s attorneys were licensed to
    Commended for contributing to development of syllabi for paralegal, pre-law, and legal secretary
    Performed time entry, coordinated meetings, arranged travel details, drafted correspondences,
       managed incoming and outgoing mail, and interacted with clients.
    Helped maintain department’s primary database (LawCruit) and CLE in-house library, coordinated CLE
       programs, and served as liaison between department and bar associations.

LEGAL ASSISTANT  CDE & EFG LLP  Waterloo, IA  20xx – 20xx
    Enhanced performance of firm by supporting preparation of training program materials and
       applications for CLE approval in various jurisdictions.
    Improved business and operations through client and student recruitment.
    Answered telephones with courteous and professional communication, scanned documents, edited and
       proofread materials, and prepared and collected petty cash requests.

LEGAL ASSISTANT  FGH Legal Pros  Waterloo, IA  20xx – 20xx
    Boosted firm’s organization and efficiency by manually chronicling responsibilities of Department
       Assistant, including procedures for submitting and requesting documents from Records Department /
       various bar associations and contacting personnel.
    Refined database-capturing program by offering innovative suggestions for improvement.
    Diligently supported six international law attorneys in three departments (Bankruptcy Finance and
       Restructuring Department, Corporate Department, and Legal Recruiting Department) by performing
       administrative tasks that improved productivity, efficiency, and organization.

Bachelor of Science, Legal Studies, XYZ University (College of Professional Studies) – 20xx
National Dean’s List (20xx / 20xx); Member of Moot Court Club
Technical proficiencies include: MS Word, Excel, Entourage, and Outlook; WordPerfect; Lotus Notes;
Westlaw; LexisNexis; LawCruit; MS Explorer; Safari; Firefox

                                            OPEN TO RELOCATION
Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
A powerfully written cover letter is necessary to land most interviews and ensure job search success. When an
advertised position creates a pile of 100+ resumes, it becomes the responsibility of the hiring personnel to shortlist the
applications. Resumes without cover letters are usually the first to go, followed by the ones with poorly written cover
letters. Avoid this fate by following these effective strategies:

Address your cover letter appropriately:
Be sure that you get the name of the hiring manager before sending your resume, and address the letter to that
individual. The proper greeting will be either “Dear Mr. (Smith),” or “Dear Ms. (Smith).” Avoid using Miss or Mrs., and
do not address your letter to “Dear Sirs,” as it is considered inappropriate. If you are unsure of your contact’s gender,
address them by their first and last name, as in “Dear Pat Smith,” to avoid an embarrassing mistake. If you don’t know
the name of the hiring manager, simply use the greeting “Dear Hiring Manager,”– it’s clear, to the point, and gender

Get to the point in your opening paragraph:
One of the most common interviewing questions employers ask is “Why should I hire you among other candidates?”
Provide an answer to that question right off the bat in your opening paragraph. This is a very important section
because it is the first thing the employer will read. It must be powerful and make an immediate impact. Be sure sell
yourself and your unique abilities. Do not use a generic opening paragraph that can apply to any Tom, Dick or Harry.
Every line should sell you, so use aggressive language here and throughout the rest of your cover letter. For example,
instead of writing “My background is in finance management, making me well-suited for your advertised Corporate
Finance Director position.” you can write “A background in finance management and a proven record of developing
effective strategies that drive revenue, growth and shareholder value make me a strong candidate for your advertised
Corporate Finance Director position.”

Show your interest and sell your accomplishments in the body of the letter:
In this section, you need to show your interest in the job and the company. Research is a key ingredient to a
successful job search. The more you are able to demonstrate your interest and knowledge about a company, the
better your chances are to secure an interview. Get to know the company’s mission and new corporate initiatives, and
tell them how you can help them meet their objectives or resolve their problems. Praise the company for public
recognitions or recent accomplishments. The employer will surely take notice of your active interest.
Use “I” and “my” sparingly. Try not to use these words more than six times in your cover letter. You need to focus on
what you will bring to the company and how you will help them improve their profitability. Too much use of the word “I”
will also make your letter look elementary and poorly written.
For executive-level candidates and professionals with substantial achievements, a bullet point format is often the most
effective and efficient way to highlight accomplishments. If you fall into this category, be sure to keep the bullet point
statements unique and fresh. Do not copy and paste the exact same phrases from the resume as it will make you look
lazy. All sentences and achievements transferred from the resume should be rephrased.

Close your letter with a strong paragraph:
In the closing paragraph, you need to address several issues. At the very least, you need to ask for the interview and
provide contact information. This is also the ideal place to mention your salary requirements (if the employer insists on
it), or your desire to relocate.
To demonstrate your drive and interest, mention that you will call within a week to follow up. This is a great way to
ensure the resume was successfully received, and it creates an opportunity to establish a dialog. However, do not
mention this in your cover letter if you do not intend to follow up.

In summation, an aggressive and dynamic cover letter will help you stand out among the competition. Remember that
the goal is to market yourself – not to compose a dull biography.

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