6 Quick Resume Tips for Soon-to-be-Graduates

Are you about to graduate?  Take a few moments to brush up your resume so that it continues to be fresh and accurate.   

1.) Have someone else review your résumé—PDO, faculty, 2 friends. 

2.) For the time being, you may keep it to one page.  But this is no longer gospel truth.  As time goes on, you gain more substantive experience, this is likely to change.  Feel free to use PDO as a resource.

3.) On your job descriptions and interests, be specific.  Job titles can be a great way to convey information and save room.  So, instead of “Associate Attorney” you might say, “Civil Litigation Associate.”   Instead of an interest in “cooking,” say, “cooking Greek dishes.” 

4.) Update your Education section to note that you are no longer a JD candidate and/or your JD is no longer “anticipated,” “expected,” etc. 

5.) As time goes on, you will likely put your Experience section at the top of your resume to highlight applicable real world experience.

6.) When you pass a bar, note it on your resume.  You can have a section entitled “Bar Membership” or “Licensing,” or something along those lines. 

When you are sworn in, the sections may look something like this:

Licensing

Utah State Bar, Member (License No. 9117)

Before you are sworn in, but after you receive positive results, it can look something like this:

Licensing

Utah State Bar, passed July 2012 examination (anticipate October 2012 admission)