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Kess
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Yet Another Resume Question

Postby Kess » Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:25 pm

I know that people generally say not to include stuff from high school on your resume, but I am tempted to.

I am applying straight out of undergrad and over the course of UG, I have had two jobs. I worked at job 1 starting senior year of high school and until spring of soph year. I started job 2- at a law firm- in the spring of my soph year and still working there now. Back in high school, I did a student internship for an assembly member for 3 consecutive summers. Will I be laughed at for including this on my resume?

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Re: Yet Another Resume Question

Postby NiccoloA » Sun Oct 09, 2011 6:50 pm

Kess wrote:I know that people generally say not to include stuff from high school on your resume, but I am tempted to.

I am applying straight out of undergrad and over the course of UG, I have had two jobs. I worked at job 1 starting senior year of high school and until spring of soph year. I started job 2- at a law firm- in the spring of my soph year and still working there now. Back in high school, I did a student internship for an assembly member for 3 consecutive summers. Will I be laughed at for including this on my resume?


Sounds impressive, actually. Shows that you stick to things and that you don't take your time lightly. These are only two jobs, so it won't take up too much space.

My vote is yes.

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Re: Yet Another Resume Question

Postby Kess » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:46 am

Thanks. I guess my resume would be less than a page if I left it out anyway lol

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Re: Yet Another Resume Question

Postby theadvancededit » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:47 am

Kess wrote:I know that people generally say not to include stuff from high school on your resume, but I am tempted to.

I am applying straight out of undergrad and over the course of UG, I have had two jobs. I worked at job 1 starting senior year of high school and until spring of soph year. I started job 2- at a law firm- in the spring of my soph year and still working there now. Back in high school, I did a student internship for an assembly member for 3 consecutive summers. Will I be laughed at for including this on my resume?


I would include job 1, but list it by year (say, 2007-2010) so the adcomm will get the gist of what you mean, but it doesn't outright say "high school".

Your internship, while impressive, may seem ill-placed as most schools want experience from undergrad years and after, only. If you're really bent on including it, I would call the admissions reps.

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Re: Yet Another Resume Question

Postby Kess » Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:53 am

theadvancededit wrote:
Kess wrote:I know that people generally say not to include stuff from high school on your resume, but I am tempted to.

I am applying straight out of undergrad and over the course of UG, I have had two jobs. I worked at job 1 starting senior year of high school and until spring of soph year. I started job 2- at a law firm- in the spring of my soph year and still working there now. Back in high school, I did a student internship for an assembly member for 3 consecutive summers. Will I be laughed at for including this on my resume?


I would include job 1, but list it by year (say, 2007-2010) so the adcomm will get the gist of what you mean, but it doesn't outright say "high school".

Your internship, while impressive, may seem ill-placed as most schools want experience from undergrad years and after, only. If you're really bent on including it, I would call the admissions reps.


Yep, you got the years for job 1 exactly right. I wouldn't include things before undergrad if job 1 wasn't a retail job. I don't really have any impressive softs. Like many UGs, I needed $ to pay for my tuition so once I found a position where I was happy and was making money, I stuck with it. I achieved my short term goal of not having any UG debt, but now as 21 year old applying to law school I am worried. How am I supposed to compete with people who had years of professional work experience?

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Re: Yet Another Resume Question

Postby theadvancededit » Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:38 pm

Kess wrote:
Yep, you got the years for job 1 exactly right. I wouldn't include things before undergrad if job 1 wasn't a retail job. I don't really have any impressive softs. Like many UGs, I needed $ to pay for my tuition so once I found a position where I was happy and was making money, I stuck with it. I achieved my short term goal of not having any UG debt, but now as 21 year old applying to law school I am worried. How am I supposed to compete with people who had years of professional work experience?



Admissions is primarily a numbers game so, with a good GPA/LSAT score, you should be fine. Also, you're not entirely without work experience-- with job 2, you will already have law experience which is more than some 0Ls have when entering LS. Rather than getting down on yourself for not having more experience outside of school, concentrate on "playing up" how you've worked all through undergrad.

And, never, ever doubt yourself for having graduated without school debt. Hardly anyone can say that safely, at this point.

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Re: Yet Another Resume Question

Postby Kess » Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:47 pm

theadvancededit wrote:
Kess wrote:
Yep, you got the years for job 1 exactly right. I wouldn't include things before undergrad if job 1 wasn't a retail job. I don't really have any impressive softs. Like many UGs, I needed $ to pay for my tuition so once I found a position where I was happy and was making money, I stuck with it. I achieved my short term goal of not having any UG debt, but now as 21 year old applying to law school I am worried. How am I supposed to compete with people who had years of professional work experience?



Admissions is primarily a numbers game so, with a good GPA/LSAT score, you should be fine. Also, you're not entirely without work experience-- with job 2, you will already have law experience which is more than some 0Ls have when entering LS. Rather than getting down on yourself for not having more experience outside of school, concentrate on "playing up" how you've worked all through undergrad.

And, never, ever doubt yourself for having graduated without school debt. Hardly anyone can say that safely, at this point.


Thanks, I really appreciate the words of encouragement :)




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