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Creating a Powerful Resume for Powerful Results



Posted in Candidates, Candidate Resources, Resume Advice

How to Structure Your Resume

Great Resume Tips

Start With Your Strengths

Although many job seekers still want to start their resumes with an objective, this is not always recommended. The objective emphasizes your goals, not what you can do for the company. Start by identifying your strengths and incorporate your track record in the initial summary for maximum impact and efficiency.


If you went to a prestigious school or obtained a degree in an eDiscovery related field, such as Computer Forensics, Computer Science, Paralegal Studies, etc., then list your Education at the top. If your degree is in a non-related field - such as 16th Century English Literature, for example, still be sure to include it, but consider positioning your Education towards the bottom of the resume.


If you recently obtained your PMP certification, RCP (Relativity Certified Professional), EnCE, ACEDS (Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists) or any other industry-related technology tool, then emphasize your dedication to self-improvement and career-focus by listing your Certifications at the top.


If you have experience using the specific technology tools indicated in the job description, then your resume should begin with a section labeled Technology Expertise followed by a list of all the tools in which you have utilized. It is also recommended to specify the capacity in which you used the tool, or what task you completed by using the tool. You can elaborate more specifically in the Professional Experience section of your resume.

Professional Experience:

If you take the most pride in your current (or previous) role, then begin by listing your Professional Experience at the beginning of your resume.

Use ACTION Words

An effective strategy for presenting your skills for maximum impact is through the choice of action words. Use powerful language to quantify your accomplishments and to communicate your strengths clearly. Consider the examples below – which clearly portray a candidate who makes things happen!

  • Created the first Litigation Support department as an entrepreneurial investment for the firm. Accomplishments include building a team of 6 Project Managers, 8 Litigation Support Analysts, and 2 Regional Managers.
  • Simultaneously managed over 10 concurrent document reviews and associated productions, privilege and redaction logs.
  • Gathered and processed over 500 boxes of hard copy files and over 250 gigabytes of electronic files within a tight, 30-day timeframe.
  • Assembled and managed over 200 attorneys to review 14 million documents.
  • Managed multi-million page databases on SQL Servers for 100+ users.
  • Billed over 1400 hours, overreaching the departmental requirement of 1100.
  • Personally provided on-site support at over 15 domestic and international trials and arbitrations, including war-room systems setup and trial presentations.
  • Performed 435 live data acquisitions including full forensic and logical and targeted collections.
  • Increased departmental efficiencies by creating a repeatable, defensible E-Discovery policy, reducing risk and cutting company costs by $100,000.
  • Independently responsible for meeting the eDiscovery needs of 350 attorneys, paralegals and support staff spanning 6 offices throughout the US.
  • Worked through the night to single-handedly process over 1.6 terabytes of data in IPRO eCapture while running reports, and providing daily status updates to the attorneys.

Action phrases showcase your strengths, convey your confidence and allow the hiring manager to see exactly how you can contribute to their organization.

Here is a sample list of “action words”. Think of how you can express your experience by incorporating these, or similar “action words” into your resume:

  • Expanded
  • Built
  • Architected
  • Implemented
  • Managed
  • Performed
  • Integrated
  • Achieved
  • Accomplished
  • Created

**GRAMMAR TIP** Pay careful attention to verb tense.

  1. If you are presently performing the task, use “Import and export data…”
  2. If you performed the task in a past position, use “Imported and exported data…”
  3. You can also say, “Performed import and export of data….”

Always include a list of technology Tools, Skills and Expertise

We work in a technology-driven industry. Most hiring managers begin by “skimming” through a resume, looking for keywords and specific technology tools. Your resume should include a clear list of technology tools:


Technology Expertise:

  1. Relativity
  2. Ringtail
  3. Concordance
  4. Documatrix
  5. LiveNote
  6. CaseMap
  7. Sanction
  8. Trial Director
  9. FTK
  10. Clearwell
  11. LAW 5.0
  12. IPRO
  13. Discovery Cracker
  14. DtSearch
  15. ASP.Net
  16. Visual Basic
  17. SQL 2008
  18. Linux/UNIX
  19. Windows Vista/XP

Your Professional Experience should explain how and in what capacity you used the tool.

  • Created databases, and advised on workflow to our clients, using Relativity linear review platform, and Relativity Analytics.
  • Performed post-data processing quality control of deliverables using LAW 5.0. 
  • Performed load file conversions and OCR endorsements using Discovery Cracker.
  • Performed coding of digital documents using Concordance.
  • Set up job profiles for scanning using IPRO 8.5 and 8.6 imaging software.
  • Performed early case assessment using Clearwell.
  • Managed legal holds process using PSS Atlas Systems.
  • Implemented email archiving solution, Autonomy IDOL.

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