We’ve seen a number of resumes recently that are entirely chronological – education, legal experience, other experience and honors are all mixed together in what amounts to a glorified timeline. Don’t do this. It makes a resume extremely hard to read.
Your resume is your initial writing sample. Typographical errors are unacceptable.
If you are going to send a scanned resume, make sure the background is white. Colored paper (something that should be avoided anyway) looks even worse when it’s a second-generation scan.
If I need a magnifying glass, I’m probably not going to read it. Pay attention to font and font size.
A disappointing trend is that we are seeing a lot of resumes with personal information sections. Your marital status, your kids’ ages, your photo, your birthday, etc. are never appropriate on a legal resume.
Please proofread the most vital information on your resume: how someone can get a hold of you. Poorly transcribed phone numbers and email addresses mean that you are never going to get a shot at the job!