Is writing cover letters important? Uh, yeah, it is! Ninety-one percent of executives polled by Robert Half said cover letters are valuable when evaluating job candidates. So, be sure to include one with every resume you submit.
Television and radio personality, Dick Clark, once said, “I don’t set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.” That’s advice worth heeding if you want to remain competitive and, ultimately, profitable in today’s legal marketplace.
Let’s face it, writing a good resume is hard. One of the most difficult things about the process is that it requires intense attention to detail. In fact, 76 percent of executives surveyed by Robert Half said just one or two typos in a resume would remove applicants from consideration for a job; 40 percent said a single typo was enough to ruin your chances.
Time is money, as we all are well aware in a post-recession business environment. This is especially true in the legal field where billable hours requirements remain the norm and productivity and efficiency are critical to a legal team's success. In fact, a recent Robert Half Legal survey points to greater workloads as one of the greatest business challenges facing legal departments in 2013, second only to compliance or regulatory issues and controlling outside counsel costs.