What you include on your resume and the things that a recruiter is looking for will depend on your industry. For example, there can be a stark difference between what a marketing recruiter is looking for in a job candidate compared to a legal recruiter.

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Below, we’ll talk about what a legal recruiter is and the types of things they like to see on resumes of professionals working in the legal field.


What is a legal recruiter?

A legal recruiter is a professional headhunter who specializes in working with law firms and legal professionals. They are specialists in legal industry employment. If you work in law, using a legal recruiter can significantly give your job search a boost. They help law firms find qualified job candidates to fill vacancies.

Legal recruiters work with all types of legal professionals – law clerks, paralegals, legal assistants, mediators, and many other titles.

What do legal headhunters like to see on your resume?

A headhunter for lawyers and other legal professionals has a specific set of criteria they are looking for on your resume. Here are some of the top things they want to see:

  • A profile section: Recruiters want to see a short list of bullet points that outline your legal industry experience. Outline your successes and areas of specialization. Make this a scannable section recruiters can skim to get a sense of your professional profile.
  • Accreditations: It is important to be clear about your level of training, education, accreditations, and certifications.
  • Experience: If you are new to the profession, a one-page resume will suffice. Include pro bono work and any relevant law school experience. If you are an experienced professional, a two-page resume is acceptable. Include contributions such as guest lectures, law journal publications, and professional memberships.
  • Specificity: Always customize your resume to be specific to the job. Tailor the information you include to make it relevant to the job you want.

Failure to have the above items on your resume could make your job search more challenging. Review your resume before applying for a job in the legal field to ensure your resume meets industry standards.

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Steven Petroff Legal Recruiter

Steven Petroff

As a member of both our Accounting and Legal practices, Steven specializes in the recruitment of lawyers, law clerks, accountants, and investment advisors across a number of industries. Steven supports a large network of candidates as a LinkedIn Profile Expert and Career Coach.

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