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Resume three pages?

Postby jediknight2424 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:41 am

Too long or does it not matter? My work/leadership experience has varied over the years and the list of papers that I've published with a non-governmental organization also adds to the length.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby EliHBCU » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:30 am

Don't even think about it.

If your work experience is incredible, then the last 3-5 jobs should speak for themselves. Shorten your list of publications down to a couple of your best pieces, and put your resume in 11 or 11.5 font. Extend the page width and do other format manipulations to put more information on one line. If at all possible, I would avoid having a 3 page resume.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby jediknight2424 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:41 am

Thanks alot! I followed your advice and now it's two pages. Is there any reason I should cut it down even further to one page?

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby Anonymous Loser » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:51 am

jediknight2424 wrote: Is there any reason I should cut it down even further to one page?


Concision.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby EliHBCU » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:58 am

Whenever possible you should have a one page resume. If you have work experience in different areas, consider making resumes for different occasions.

Example:

If you have tons of criminal law experience and previous real estate experience, consider making your "real estate job resume" and your "criminal law resume".

Narrowing your resume focus can help you get it onto one page.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby jediknight2424 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:24 am

I usually tailor my resume to the potential employer and keep it to 1 page, but I thought there would be a bit more leeway with law schools. I might just be under a false impression. Can someone explain how length could work against me in admissions?

Also, is 1.5 pages better than 2 pages or do half-pages not really matter?

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby EliHBCU » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:17 am

It only works against you in that admissions people expect you to get it down to 1 page.

As to the half page, I would say if you have to go over 1 page then the whole second page should be full.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby JoeMo » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:21 am

jediknight2424 wrote:Thanks alot! I followed your advice and now it's two pages. Is there any reason I should cut it down even further to one page?


Unless you've been working to bring food to world's hungry and at the same time are trying to find the cure for cancer, your resume should be 1 page.

There are some exceptions:

1) If you already have a graduate degree and have gained work experience that applies to that graduate degree (2 pages)

2) If you've held a C-Level position (2 pages)

3) If you've taken on extensive volunteer opportunities (2 pages)

your resume should never really be three pages.

If your work history goes back 10 years, cut it down to 5. Etc... but you really need to condense it. Otherwise you'll come off as self-important and the LS might think that you're already experienced enough.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby 03121202698008 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:22 am

You will need no more than one page for OCI anyhow. During OCI, several associates told me they flat out don't look at the second page and some just trash outright. They feel if you cannot summarize your own life you can't be concise when needed.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby Bildungsroman » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:25 am

Way too long. For law school admissions I don't think the one page rule applies since it's for a totally different (and more comprehensive) purpose than a resume for employment, but I'd still strongly recommend you get it down shorter. Good practice for when you need a 1 page resume when you're applying for jobs.

I used a two page resume for law schools admissions and I don't think it hurt me at all, since plenty of schools wanted all my employment plus all my extracurricular and academic info.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby 03121202698008 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:30 am

Bildungsroman wrote:Way too long. For law school admissions I don't think the one page rule applies since it's for a totally different (and more comprehensive) purpose than a resume for employment, but I'd still strongly recommend you get it down shorter. Good practice for when you need a 1 page resume when you're applying for jobs.

I used a two page resume for law schools admissions and I don't think it hurt me at all, since plenty of schools wanted all my employment plus all my extracurricular and academic info.


To be clear, I used two pages for admission as well...and I had a ton of WE/education. My point is that you need to start thinking about what to cut now and will need to do more later. You should be able to reach two pages. It need not list every single job, publication, etc. It should be a document that sells you...not a chronology of your life.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby theadvancededit » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:26 pm

Also, if you have had multiple positions that have the same or very similar duties (such as multiple internships in the same field or even with the same company), you can list one description for all of them.

1 page resumes are usually reserved for job searching. 2 page academic resumes are fine though, but no more than that.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby JustE » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:35 pm

I might disagree here guys. If you have published, I think I'd include all of that info. It shoulds like you might need to do a CV more than a resume, though... Either way, good luck.

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Re: Resume three pages?

Postby Hopefully2012 » Thu Oct 27, 2011 10:28 pm

From the multiple t14 deans: 2 pages is absolutely fine, they want to learn more about your positions.




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