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Rock My Resume: Sherilyn Streicker
July 31, 2011 at 8:14 pm #136795
Thanks in advance for your ideas, suggestions and advice
I’m hoping for some feedback on my resume to perhaps improve my rate of return on job applications. I was recently “downsized” from a state government position and I am currently looking for new opportunities.
I have submitted resumes and applications for both public and private sector jobs in the legal field, and have completed a few informational/exploratory interviews– everyone seems to be telling me that my lack of law firm or civil experience is a problem, and I don’t know how to combat that.
Here are links to a couple of jobs that I am considering:
Please help me emphasize my transferrable skills on this resume and perhaps give me some ideas of other places to look?
Thanks in advance for your help!!
September 15, 2011 at 7:22 am #136806
Please see above. =)
September 15, 2011 at 7:25 am #136802
Thank you for participating in the Rock Your Résumé program! I’m honored to review your résumé and hope my suggestions will help educate you and improve your résumé so you can land your dream job!
Your résumé is very good. I think just a few additions and some modernization is in order. I wrote you quite a bit of information in the file itself. I know it is a bit difficult to decipher track changes so I created a version and accepted track changes so it is a bit more readable.
It looks like you are applying to the federal and private sector. In either case, your résumé could benefit from two critical selling sections that contain qualifications and core competencies (keywords) that will help your résumé get past the initial screening and capture and keep the attention of the reader. I wrote an example of some of these based on the federal job announcement you submitted. You might also consider 3-4 lines above the Qualifications that summarizes your expertise and tells the employer what you can do for them.
You have excellent experience, skills, and education. I believe after you target the résumé to the announcement, you are going to see greater success. There are a lot of opportunities for you within the Federal government. I didn’t make all the changes to each section, but I think you will get the idea after you review the résumé. For the federal résumé, all jobs need to have the supervisor’s name, may/may not contact, phone number, salary, and number of hours worked per week, and month and year. The education section needs to have the number of semester hours, GPA, and 3-4 relevant courses. Don’t forget to include your high school information. Any training needs to have a month and a year as well, and in reverse chronological order. All of this detail is what makes a federal résumé different from a private sector résumé. Everything that is asked for in the USAJobs.gov builder must be on the résumé. I noticed a couple of inconsistencies in past and present tense and highlighted them in yellow.
You mentioned you need help searching other places to look. One excellent resource is http://www.job-hunt.org. Specifically, to law is http://www.job-hunt.org/law.shtml. It is an excellent resource for job seekers. You can also find some of my articles related to the federal job search process at: http://www.job-hunt.org/federal-government-job-search/federal-job-s… and my free eBook to creating an effective federal resume: http://www.job-hunt.org/law.shtml. I hope these resources help you.
If you have any questions, please let me know. I look forward to seeing your resume after you incorporate the changes. Be sure to post it back to the group as soon as you can.
Best of luck to you!
October 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm #136800
Thank you so much for your feedback! I am primarily focusing on private sector jobs at this point, but greatly appreciate your federal and non-federal suggestions for improvement. I will revise and re-post in the next few days. Thanks again!
October 7, 2011 at 11:41 am #136798
You have an impressive background. To overcome some of your “lack” of experience, you may want to look for specialized law firm experience that deals with the areas of law you worked with while in the government. If you demonstrate your expertise (superior) in those areas, along with your managerial experience – you can overcome other areas which your experience lacks.
Note: The 1st job you posted has been filled and can no longer be accessed. The second job is still open. Therefore most of my comments refer to the 2nd job.
Your resume needs a summary which will show your value to a hiring manager within its top third (civilian) and address all of the job requirements (federal or civilian). Camille’s notes show this well.
For a Federal job, such as the one you posted, you must detail in your resume how your experience MATCHES the experience required in the qualifications and how your experience closely matches the experience in the job duties. You also may want to network into the Federal government – using your connections you gained during your previous Federal experience. For both civilian and Federal jobs, I recommend legal candidates indicate cases that have been successful – detailing the name of the case, the litigation involved, laws and regulations litigated, any new case law developed and the results of the litigation. If you litigate hundreds of cases, I recommend selecting 5 – 10 top cases in a position and detail those. If cases are confidential, summarize the cases, still indicating results, laws and regulation litigated and any new case law developed. This is missing from your resume to some extent (although I do see a couple of cases cited).
Until you identify a position or job goal, it is difficult to know what transferable skills to identify to transfer. That would depend on the position or job goal. You can do assessments to identify your skills – which then can be automatically match to jobs that use those job skills. If you identify your skills – you can then do a crosswalk search on online.onetcenter.com to find professions that match your skill sets. You can work with a career coach professional – or look at the book “What Color is My Parachute?” which provides a method to find your transferable skills and how to apply them – or other books on the market.
For the job you selected on USA Jobs, I am not sure your transferable skills and experience will be a fit (to get a job with the Federal government at the GS-14 level generally requires matching experience).
I have bolded areas where I am not sure your experience is a match:
Provides advice, assistance and recommendations to the Regional Counsel and Deputy Regional Counsel, and acts as legal advisor to the Regional Director, Division of Risk Management and Supervision (RMS) and RMS Senior Staff representatives, including the supervisors of all Field Offices and in some regions, the Division of Finance, on particular legal issues, the interpretation and enforceability of pertinent banking laws, and the appropriate handling of actions involving sections 7, 8, 10(c), 18, 19, and 32 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act (“Act”), and various consumer, civil rights laws, and other pertinent laws and regulations related to banking (compliance and enforcement matters).
Serves as the FDIC’s attorney in administrative and civil enforcement and compliance proceedings. Litigates such actions, and, in this regard, prepares, and supervises the preparation of evidence and legal arguments in administrative proceedings before administrative law judges; prepares and supervises the preparation of briefs, pleadings, motions, opinions, correspondence, and legal memoranda in connection with such proceedings; prepares and examines witnesses; and negotiates with opposing counsel; and may conduct investigations. Takes active part in settlement, contract negotiations and drafting. In designated matters, confers with and assists Justice Department litigators and U.S. Attorneys.
Reviews reports of examination of insured institutions and other documents referred by DSC and other FDIC sections and divisions to determine whether institutions are conforming to pertinent laws and regulations. Suggests and effects corrective action if violations are found. Prepares briefs and other responses to subpoenas issued against the FDIC in the region for matters concerning the FDIC’s supervisory functions.
Prepares pleadings and proposed causes of actions for issuance by the Regional Director, Board of Directors, Director or the Associate Director, RMS. Provides assistance in the regional office on general legal issues and in the context of particular cases, and ensures uniform interpretation and implementation of the law, as well as of the policies and procedures set by the Associate General Counsel.
Participates in negotiations and consummation of settlements in cases arising in the region concerning the Corporation’s supervisory functions.
Reviews for legal sufficiency documents submitted in connection with formal applications to the FDIC and other corporate documents, including subordinated capital note and debenture agreements, capital contribution agreements, loan participation agreements, sale and lease-back agreements, trust service agreements, and lease agreements.
Represents the views of the Supervision Branch with top management officials of other organizations, and by delivering speeches and lectures both within and outside the FDIC. Confers with attorneys from depository institutions and with depository institutions officials respecting problems affecting the operations and activities of insured depository institutions located in the region. Works closely with State depository institutions supervisory officials in the region in connection with legal problems arising out of the supervisory functions of the FDIC. Works closely with staff members in the other government agencies located in the region, including Federal Reserve Banks, Office of Thrift Supervision, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Department of Justice.
Applicant must have at least 1 year specialized experience
equivalent to the grade 13 or higher. Specialized experience is
experience serving as an attorney that includes drafting memoranda
and other legal documents, conducting legal research, and orally
presenting analysis, conclusions, and recommendations relating to
the regulations, legislation, administrative and civil compliance
and enforcement proceedings, and the interpretation and application
of the statutes and regulations governing the activities,
operations, and structure of financial institutions.
Additionally, your resume must have examples with verbiage to justify your answers to the online questionnaire. To achieve maximum points (to be one of the best qualified candidates), you will need to be able to answer yes and have experience in most of the areas in the questionnaire (I have highlighted the best answers to score highly):
3.Describe your experience involving administrative law, including administrative enforcement proceedings.
Analyzed facts to determine their sufficiency to sustain an administrative enforcement action.
Drafted pleadings, motions, briefs or other documents attendant to an administrative enforcement matter.
Participated in a deposition.
Participated in an administrative hearing.
Knowledge of rules related to disclosure of non public information (FOIA).
None of the above.
4.Describe your experience involving the supervision, operation and regulation of insured financial institutions. Check all that apply I am not sure that your experience will be transferable to these items. This question is fairly high up on the list of questions – and relates to a qualification for the position – so if you cannot state you have experience in this area, this may not be the best one for you to select.
Conducted legal research related to federal financial institutions law or regulations.
Conducted legal research related consumer protection laws or regulations.
Conducted legal research related to the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the FDIC Rules and Regulations.
Wrote memoranda or legal opinions analyzing federal financial institutions law or regulations.
Wrote memoranda or legal opinions analyzing the Federal Deposit Insurance Act and the FDIC Rules and Regulations.
Wrote memoranda or legal opinions analyzing consumer protection laws or regulations.
Provided legal advice to financial institution clients or bank regulatory agency employees.
Participated in the preparation or analysis of a financial institution regulatory application.
I have been responsible for the contents and generation of important memoranda, legal opinions, applications and comparable written products dealing with highly complex issues related to financial institution law and regulations. I approved and integrated into the documents input provided by project team participants.
None of the above.
5.From the list below, select the response that best describes the oral presentations that you have given.
My oral presentations were informational in nature and concerned non-technical subjects that were not sensitive and controversial.
My oral presentations concerned subjects or issues that were technical, sensitive, and controversial and impacted my unit.
My oral presentations concerned subjects or issues that were technical, sensitive, and controversial and have organization-wide impact.
None of the above.
6.From the list below, select the responses that best describe your experiences in preparing written products.
I have written segments of memoranda, opinions, briefs, correspondence and other written products, pertaining to specific topics of a subject or issue.
I have written major sections of memoranda, opinions, briefs, correspondence and other written products, or sections dealing with significant issues.
I have been the primary author of important memoranda, opinions, briefs, correspondence and other written products dealing with highly complex subjects or issues.
I have not written any memoranda, opinions, briefs or correspondence.
7.Do you have experience working on open bank regulatory matters, including, but not limited to, federal regulations, applications and consumer protection? another question where your experience may not be a fit
8.Have you worked on an investigation of the activities of a financial institution or individual to determine if there has been a violation of federal or state banking or consumer protection law? another question where your experience may not be a fit
9.Do you have experience working on an administrative enforcement matter (other than described above)?
10.From the answer choices below indicate areas in which you are knowledgeable. Check all that apply another question where your experience may not be a fit
Administrative law, including administrative enforcement proceedings.
State and federal financial institution laws, including consumer protection.
Bank regulatory applications.
None of the Above.
I wish you the best as you move forward in your job search.
Robin Schlinger, CFRW, CARW, CPRW, JCTC, CECC
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