Free Resume Template for Employees With Three-Plus Years of Experience

Emphasize what you've learned while other employees were still in school

Professional resume for experienced employees
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Experienced employees—those with three or more years in the workforce—should tailor their resumes to highlight the skills, knowledge, and accomplishments that less experienced candidates may not have gained yet. You can include this information in five basic sections that include your skills, any achievements or awards you've earned, education, work history, and miscellaneous information. 

Your Skill Set

The skills section of your resume should include any special abilities that are necessary to succeed in the position for which you're applying.

They might include computer skills, job-specific abilities, legal skills, foreign language fluency, writing skills, or legal research platforms.

Achievements, Honors, and Awards

Your resume should also include any achievements, honors, and awards that you've received throughout your career. These might include publications, court victories, writing awards, speaking engagements, and employment-related awards.

Your Education 

List the educational institutions you attended, along with the city and state of the school and the degree or degrees you earned. The date you graduated is optional if you're over 40.

Cite any academic distinctions you've earned, such as cum laude, magna cum laude, summa cum laude or Dean’s List. You might also list your grade point average if it was very good, generally 3.5 or higher. You can also list a high class rank or law review membership if you attended law school.

Your Work History 

You should present your job listings in reverse chronological order, beginning with the most recent position you held. If some of your jobs are relevant but others are not, you can divide this section into two parts: "Relevant" and "Other."

You can also emphasize your skills in this section if you've worked predominantly in fields that are different from the job you're now applying for, particularly if they're valuable transferable skills and may set you apart in the workplace.

Miscellaneous Information 

Finally, list any other information that helps to set you apart from other candidates, such as legal practice specialties, continuing legal education credits, software certifications, professional association memberships, community service, pro bono work, bar admissions, and press mentions.

A Sample Resume Template 

You can use this resume template as a guide to make your own custom resume. (A student or recent graduate resume template might be more useful for those with less than three years of experience in the workforce.)

Contact Information

Place your contact information at the top of your resume.

First and Last Name
Street Address
City, State, Zip Code
Phone Number 
E-mail Address
Website 

Objective (Optional)

Your resume can include a short statement summarizing your job-hunting objectives, career goals and what you have to offer to the employer. Be sure to customize your objective to each job to which you are applying. The resume objective should highlight why you're the perfect candidate for the job. An objective is not required in a resume and, if space if tight, you can eliminate this section.

Career Highlights

The career highlights section of your resume outlines key skills, abilities, achievements and experience relevant to the position you seek.

This section might include your practice areas, bar admissions, court victories, awards, technology skills, and other information that helps you stand out from the competition and demonstrates how you are the perfect candidate for the position.

Work History

This section of your resume outlines your work experience. In reverse chronological order (most recent first), list your job title, the organizations you worked for, the location of each employer and your dates of employment. Under each employer, you should list a minimum of three bullet points describing your work duties and achievements. It is best to frame each job responsibility as a result or accomplishment. For example, instead of “developed new client relationships,” you might say, “brought in two of the firm’s top ten clients, increasing revenues by 10 percent.”​

Company Name, City, State

Job Title #1 (Most Recent)
Dates of Employment

  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement

Company Name, City, State

Job Title #2
Dates of Employment

  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement

Company Name, City, State

Job Title #3
Dates of Employment

  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement
  • Job Responsibility/Achievement

School Name, City, State

  • Graduate or Law Degree
  • Date of Graduation
  • Academic distinctions
  • GPA (optional)

School Name, City, State

  • Undergraduate Degree
  • Date of Graduation
  • Academic distinctions
  • GPA (optional)

Other Tips

You're not writing your entire biography. Keep your resume as short and succinct as possible without leaving out anything pertinent. One page should do it if you have less than 15 years of experience. Otherwise, stay within two pages.  

Keep the font simple and don't try to squeeze information into two pages by shrinking it—you don't want to go any smaller than 12 pt.

Also don't forget to proofread your resume. In fact, you might want to ask someone else to read your resume over for you with fresh eyes before you submit it.