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resume - is 2 pgs ok?
« on: August 21, 2006, 03:57:37 PM »
my UG career services center recommends 2 pg resumes for law school applications. thoughts?

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Re: resume - is 2 pgs ok?
« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2006, 03:59:26 PM »
I hope two pages is ok.. if I go any shorter than that I'll have to write a page-long addendum to tell them what else I've been doing with my life since I graduated.   :D

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Re: resume - is 2 pgs ok?
« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2006, 03:59:49 PM »
1 page is more professional, IMO

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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2006, 04:03:35 PM »
1 page forces you to put down the most important stuff and trim the crap.. this advice applies to personal statements also... i think they are best under 650 words.

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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2006, 04:07:50 PM »
it depends. if you have publications and significant WE, 2 pages seems fine.

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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2006, 04:28:13 PM »
I think it is possible for everyone to use 3 or 4 pages on a resume.  The point is to only pick out the most important stuff for purposes of law school apps.  So go over one page, IMO, only if you absolutely have to, not just because you can.
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2006, 06:11:43 PM »

Personally, I went with Education & Work Experience on page one; Activities and Personal Anecdotes on page two.

thats about how i did it too. 6 yrs WE and Educ w/ masters take up page 1. ativities, personal, and select publications on page 2.
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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2006, 06:19:32 PM »
I think if you're fresh out of college your resume should be no longer than one page. You don't need to list membership in every club you joined-- just the ones with meaningful leadership and service experience.
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Re: resume - is 2 pgs ok?
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2006, 07:59:10 PM »
my UG career services center recommends 2 pg resumes for law school applications. thoughts?
Do you have a reason to make an adcomm look at a second page?

I think I did a two-page resume for law school because they wanted every job since college accounted for and I have a 20 yr work history between college and law school.

Now, I use a 1-pager, with some of the stuff that really does not matter trimmed off. I'm concerned I might have to go to two pages, soon, as I enter my third year of law school...but I'll keep it as 1 for as long as possible.

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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2006, 11:11:22 PM »

For instance:
Janitorial Engineer - Cooley School of Law - 2005 to present
- Team leader of janitorial staff with up to 3 direct reports
- Decreased expenses by 5% through "cutting" of cleaning agents
- Improved staff productivity by 33% through video monitoring and headcount right-sizing, resulting in $17,000 annual savings.
- Winner of "Janitor of the Month" in January 06 for innovative toilet-scrubbing techniques.

That being said, I doubt that it really matters much either way, so long as it doesn't make you look like a pompous jerk or an uncaring imbecile.

hey. did I pm you my CV? i swore i had "Facilities Sanitation Engineer," but the rest is verbatim
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