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Resume Length (more than 1 page?)

Post by Chrstgtr » Wed Dec 28, 2022 3:01 pm

I’m a biglaw mid level. 5-6 years of experience at 2 big law firms. How long should my resume be?

Relatedly, do I list law school jobs? What about pre-law school jobs?

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Re: Resume Length (more than 1 page?)

Post by Pneumonia » Wed Dec 28, 2022 5:54 pm

1 page. List pre-JD jobs if you think they are helpful or interesting; omit them if not.

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Re: Resume Length (more than 1 page?)

Post by toast and bananas » Wed Dec 28, 2022 7:02 pm

as a midlevel you ought to have reviewed enough resumes to know that the extra length never does anyone any good in our profession

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Re: Resume Length (more than 1 page?)

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Dec 30, 2022 11:00 am

This is sorta an aside, but to piggyback on this- what if we've got a good amount of publications? Should we just toss them onto a second page and do a header Publications section?

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Re: Resume Length (more than 1 page?)

Post by Pneumonia » Fri Dec 30, 2022 2:14 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Dec 30, 2022 11:00 am
This is sorta an aside, but to piggyback on this- what if we've got a good amount of publications? Should we just toss them onto a second page and do a header Publications section?
You should list the top 2 or 3 with full name, citation, etc. And then have a line that says something to the effect of "Various other publications in Journal A, Magazine B, Law Review C, etc. Just like if you had too many jobs to list them all. Pick the ones that make you look best and are most relevant. In a private-sector resume, it is not worth going to two pages for publications. Obviously different in the academic or quasi-academic context.

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Re: Resume Length (more than 1 page?)

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Dec 30, 2022 4:36 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Fri Dec 30, 2022 11:00 am
This is sorta an aside, but to piggyback on this- what if we've got a good amount of publications? Should we just toss them onto a second page and do a header Publications section?
I'd put it on my deal sheet. I think the recommendation is 1-page resume, and deal sheet as long as you want.

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Re: Resume Length (more than 1 page?)

Post by Anonymous User » Sat Dec 31, 2022 11:50 pm

The rules of human nature are pretty much universal, regardless of industry: if you have a person who is flipping through tons of resumes, using a two-page resume is a wasted effort and might even be destructive by causing annoyance.

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