Q: How can I stand out in a job search when so many lawyers have the same skills as I do?
A: Definitely do something different; even small changes can be meaningful. For example, focus on outcomes as well as on tasks on your resume or break up a long list of jobs with subheadings. In the cover letter, mention your interest in helping the clients, rather than focus on how the job would enhance your skills. And if you are relying on responding to ads and postings, increase your networking efforts. Warming up the search will help you stand out, as opposed to remaining a cold, undifferentiated resume on a pile or in a database.