Anonymous User wrote:
Tanicius wrote:I'm not suggesting you try to hide this at all. What you are doing is better arranging your resume to emphasize the experience that is important to a public defender office. If they ask whether it's summer work, freely tell them the second internship is not.
My resume gives my summer internships by yearly date instead of specifying the "season," and it is written like that because an attorney who looked at my resume told me to do it that way. When they ask what part of the year it is supposed to reflect, I just tell them. This is what everyone does on their resume once they have been around in the real world. You leave the unimportant experience off. Just because you may have neglected to put McDonald's down on your resume doesn't mean you're lying about not working at McDonald's. You would obviously mention it if asked, but it's normally not a relevant thing to put on your resume for certain offices.
Currently a PD. My sense is the above advice is a bit off. I have not seen resumes sorted only by year before, and it might make me ask questions. There's so much competition that standing out in a bad way may not serve you, especially when offices can interview a limited number of people.
I see the point about highlighting only certain things. But I share some of above anon's warnings about leaving prosecution experience off entirely. You're going to have to hide it forever, potentially, because it's not just leaving "irrelevant" experience off--it's leaving off experience you have in putting people in jail / prison.
That's info that some offices would hold against you if they knew or found out. Without an explanation from you in advance, you may be sunk before you get in the pool.
Okay, thanks, good point, and thanks for the advice, everyone.
So is everyone saying that it is unethical/bad form to leave off any job whatsoever from a resume? What about leaving off non-PD (but non-prosecutor) internships? For example, spring of 2L year, I interned at a federal agency doing super boring administrative stuff that had zero things to do with litigation/criminal law. Right now, fall of 3L year, I am working at a legal office purely because I need money, and the work I do is boring and has 0 things to do with litigation/criminal law. Are these types of internships/jobs necessary to include?
For example, I'd like for my resume to look like this:
Legal Aid Org. - Nov 2011-April 2012
Fed. Dist. Ct. - May 2012-Aug 2012
Fed. Agency - Jan 2013-May 2013 (omitted)
Defense Clinic - May 2013-July 2013
Antitrust - June 2013-July 2013
Pros. Drug Trafficking - July 2013-Aug 2013
Defense Clinic - Aug 2013-May 2014
PD Office - Aug 2013-May 2014
Legal Office - Sept 2013-Dec 2013 (omitted)
However, if I have to keep the two internships/jobs I omitted above, I can. It's just more explaining to do one top of explaining how I worked at DOJ one summer, oops.