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We also write cover letters, leadership bios, one-page executive summaries, reference pages, letters of recommendation, attorney marketing materials, and more. Because these documents usually build on the foundation set by the résumé, they are sometimes most efficiently written either in tandem with your résumé or after your résumé is finished. Let us know what you need, and we’ll work together to make it happen. We can draft supplemental career documents through the on-demand writing track or as part of a package for bespoke clients.
Résumé Addenda for Dealmakers, Litigators, Industry-Leaders, and Thought-Leaders
In many cases, we can include a few sample deals, projects, litigation, as well as board and committee memberships, presentations, publications, and other professional leadership in your résumé.
However, if you have extensive board memberships, publications, presentations, task force work, public-private partnerships, corporate initiatives, special projects, honors and awards, etc., then résuméaddenda may be the best vehicles to highlight that leadership. Deal sheets or representative matters addenda can also showcase the value and experience of veteran transactional attorneys or litigators.
Do employers actually read cover letters?
Yes, a targeted master cover letter may be a critical part of your legal job search. But your cover letter should say more than “enclosed is my résumé” or re-hash your résumé in narrative form with long blocks of paragraphs—which employers don’t read. Instead, your cover letter is an opportunity to introduce yourself, strengthen your candidacy, and supplement your résumé. Effective cover letters can:
- Demonstrate your knowledge of prospective employers
- Show motivation, leadership style, and client impact
- Flush out a compelling personal story
- Present your strengths and affirmatively address perceived weaknesses
- Address circumstances like relocation, employment gaps, and change in practice area
Leadership Biographies, Attorney Website Profiles, and Executive Summaries
Sometimes, your story and philosophy are as important as your technical qualifications. Want to connect with an audience as a speaker or thought-leader? Need compelling marketing copy for your website to connect with potential clients? Don’t feel comfortable circulating a résumé as part of your stealth job search?
A leadership biography, website profile, or executive summary résumé are one-page documents that can help shape you as a thinker and a doer, show off your philosophy and style, and demonstrate to potential clients (or employers) why they should hire you.
Letters of Recommendation
Particularly when presented early in the hiring process, an outstanding letter of recommendation can move the needle. Yet:
- Most candidates wait too late in the process to present their letters of recommendation
- Signers don’t always know what to include in their letters of recommendation
- Signers aren’t always available (or able) to write a thoughtful and thorough letter when the time comes.
To ensure you have a fantastic letter of recommendation, get it written and signed before you need it, and while the signer is still available and remembers all the great work you did. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to offer to save the signer the burden of writing the letter herself—offer to prepare and submit a draft. Make no mistake—this is a common practice is politics, academia, and other realms, and often signers appreciate the suggestion. Shauna has written draft letters submitted for approval to busy signers like former U.S. Secretary of State, First Lady, and U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton. These are impactful letters that candidates can keep in their career history files forever.
We can write your draft letter of recommendation together so that you’ll have an outstanding and on-point letter to present for approval and signature.
Your reference sheet can be so much more than just a list of names. And prospective employers should not be on a wild goose chase trying to track down your references. Your reference page contains contact information for your 3 to 5 references, along with a synopsis of your relationship with them and the wonderful things they can be expected to say about you