Not every licensed lawyer goes into traditional law practice. Many pursue very different careers that draw on their legal background. This government affairs resume was written for a job seeker with a Juris Doctor degree who pursued a career as a lobbyist, policy advisor, and government affairs and relations.
Notice that as with all the resumes we write at Distinctive Career Services, this government affairs resume for a lawyer is similar in that it follows many of the same basic principles. The headline and subheading of the resume immediately convey the focus of this resume: a government affairs position, and the subheading lets you know exactly how this candidate is differentiated: he has had extensive, proven success as a lobbyist working across partisan lines and ideological divides.
The body of the resume tells the “story” of each position, engaging the reader through a compelling description of the challenges faced, actions taken, and results produced. While we have used very traditional design elements in this lawyer resume sample, it has been updated by the very selective use of color and some simple but sophisticated elements, such as strategic bolding, bullets, ruling lines, and a page border.
Bullets, white space, and strategic boldign of text make this content-rich resume easy to read. Special attention was paid to including keywords and keywords phrases. You can find them called out with bullets in the summary section and also in the employment section.
Notice the powerful value proposition / personal branding statement at the top of the resume. These are the factors that differetiate this government affairs professional from his peers while also resonating with the target audience.