I was speaking with a friend and law colleague last week who'd taken a look at my resume and had some suggestions. She had many suggestions, actually.
One of her most striking comments was that I could be more detailed in explaining my skills, writings, and work experience by (dramatic pause) making my resume two pages. Two pages? While it makes some sense, I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the idea. (Any lawyers out there make the jump to two pages? Write in and let me know what made you decide to brave the staple.)
Sometimes a multi-page resume is entirely appropriate. My experience in composing resumes started 14 years ago, when I helped design and edit what would become my father's final resume, before he started a business and later retired. That resume was two full pages describing his 30-plus years of engineering work. Using 11x17 parchment paper, we printed a title page on half of one side and the resume content on the other side, creating a professional-looking document when folded.
Doctors compose a curriculum vitae that would include lectures delivered, conferences attended, and research conducted. There's no stigma of length when it comes to a physician's CV, so someone my age might already have one around 5 pages.
But I'm a newly licensed lawyer, and one with limited experience. I'm 31, but you can subtract about 7 years of limbo from that number. I have one professional degree and speak only English well. I haven't been on the career fast track since 1997. It's hard to break the single page view when I feel like I haven't done enough.
But what the hell.