Proposal Resumes

AuthorMark Hunter
DateApril 04, 2017

Building an effective resume for proposals is hard but it doesn’t have to be. Resumes used for proposals and resumes used for job seekers may offer similar content but they are two very different documents. Understanding the difference and how to present “you” is key to delivering an effective proposal resume.

Often the marketing team is tasked to draft resumes for the lawyers that will be part of a proposal. The goal should be to balance the desire of the lawyer to include what they want while ensuring brand consistency that the firm requires. Resumes are personal and people have strong feelings about how they are represented. Branding on the other hand is about the whole not the individual, as such there is a balancing act about what is good for the individual and what is good for the firm.

We should start with what a resume should not be – it is not merely a presentation of the individuals’ life work in chronological order. Lawyers work on a lot of transactions and with a lot of clients so including everything does not make sense. The goal of the resume is to market your value to the proposal clearly which often means reducing the amount of content, only including relevant information.

Key aspects of any brand are consistency of voice and defining who you are. These elements are important when developing resumes for a team. For example, if a proposal calls for a team of 8...

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