As an attorney you probably remember many of the matters (cases and/or deals) you have worked on. However, how many have you forgotten? What about you law students? Do you remember all the pro bono or clerk matters you helped with? Keeping a “matters sheet” on hand solves this problem.
Sales guys — show them proof! Keep an up-to-date deal sheet â€“ instead of a resume – on your PC at work which you can share with recruiters when they call.
My thought is to expand the notion into a matter sheet for lawyers and law students. This summary of your work can then be used for marketing your services in two ways.
First, use your matters sheet whenever a potential matter crosses your desk. Easily link the new matter into something you have done before, with this quick reference. Provide potential clients a quick snapshot of your prior experience related to their situation. All from within one document. You could also use a redacted and public-friendly document to update your “experience” list on your website.
Second, the matters sheet can help you find a new job. Everyone talks about tailoring cover letters, resumes, and the like to the position in which you are applying. This capsule summary of your experience makes that task a breeze. Use it when speaking with recruiters, preparing for interviews, and updating your resume.
Do you keep a running matter sheet on hand? If you have any tips or ideas on this, please post a comment or drop me a line.
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