5 Words Lawyers Should NOT Use on their Resume! 1. Seasoned Just say no to the word “seasoned,” unless you are, in fact, cooking. While there is a place for adjectives on a resume or profile, few are as likely to create negative connotation as “seasoned.” The intent is to imply that you have tremendous experience or are battle tested, but it could sound as if you are potentially too senior for a particular role. 2. Exceptional/Top-Notch/Impressive Be careful of using subjective adjectives. Anything self-congratulatory and conclusory can sound overly self-serving and your resume should be more focused on objective facts. Let your specific accomplishments demonstrate your value. 3. Generalist If you have broad experience, describe your specific areas of experience in detail. No one wants a generalist – unless it’s their doctor! 4. High School As a lawyer, don’t spend time discussing your illustrious high school career. Just don’t. Hopefully you’ve done plenty of more recent things that are far more relevant and compelling. 5. Etc. Describing your experience by ending with the word “etc.” makes it sound like you were too lazy to finish your thought. Rather, you should say that you worked on specific matters, including x, y and z. McCormack Schreiber Legal Search is Chicago’s premier attorney search firm. Since 1998, we have been placing experienced attorneys of all levels in a full range of exciting law firm and in-house positions. We are committed to providing the highest level of service and results, and we welcome you to contact us in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org.