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« on: July 18, 2007, 12:42:49 PM »
Does anyone have an opinion on whether I should list my volunteer activities or work experience first on my resume? Don't know if it really matters and I assume it's not that big of a deal but thought I'd ask anyway! Thanks!

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Re: Resume
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2007, 12:44:04 PM »
I listed Honors/Activities, then Work Exp, then Vol Exp

I had my resume critiqued by my UG Career Center FWIW.

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Re: Resume
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2007, 12:55:02 PM »
Does anyone have an opinion on whether I should list my volunteer activities or work experience first on my resume? Don't know if it really matters and I assume it's not that big of a deal but thought I'd ask anyway! Thanks!

It depends on what the work experience is ... but so long as it was some (seemingly) valuable internship or job or whatever I usually would say put that first ...

However, if you had a significantly larger amount of responsibility in one or more of your volunteer activities (say Fraternity president or head of a major campus organization) I would think about putting that first.

(I worked at my UG's Career Center critiquing resumes, FWIW ... if you want to PM me a draft or two feel free)

Re: Resume
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2007, 09:13:24 PM »
Would it look ridiculous/dumb to put that I have been very involved in intramural sports (captain of most of my teams in a variety of sports) at my UG?

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Re: Resume
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2007, 09:16:38 PM »
yes

Re: Resume
« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2007, 09:20:04 PM »
Harvard Law has sample resumes on their JD admissions website. I used these as a guide...I figure if Harvard says it should look like the examples, its good enough for any school.

http://www.law.harvard.edu/admissions/jd/apply/resources/

BTW, be prepared to feel like a total loser after you read the samples (I know you aren't a loser but you'll see what I mean when you loook at the resumes)

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Re: Resume
« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2007, 09:21:39 PM »
I love how the lowest GPA on those resumes is a 3.9.

3.9?  FOR SHAME!!    :P

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Re: Resume
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2007, 01:46:23 AM »
Would it look ridiculous/dumb to put that I have been very involved in intramural sports (captain of most of my teams in a variety of sports) at my UG?

My law school application resume was two pages and had, as a final section, a "Personal" section ... language skills, voice and performing arts training, outdoor hobbies that I felt gave a more well-rounded view of my interests ... if you want you can try to find an articulate way to state your involvement in intramurals ... but such a section should absolutely be cut out when you turn this resume into a 1L summer job search resume.

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Re: Resume
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2007, 11:38:52 AM »
Harvard Law has sample resumes on their JD admissions website. I used these as a guide...I figure if Harvard says it should look like the examples, its good enough for any school.

http://www.law.harvard.edu/admissions/jd/apply/resources/

BTW, be prepared to feel like a total loser after you read the samples (I know you aren't a loser but you'll see what I mean when you loook at the resumes)

What, didn't everyone have a summer job at the UN?  ;)

I had 3.  They were easy to come by after I cured AIDS and dewormed orphans in Somolia.

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Re: Resume
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2007, 01:25:57 PM »
I included stuff I did for a year or two only if I held a leadership position in the org.