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How are internships from 5-6 years ago still relevant in your resume?

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I have started interning for marketing and law firms since at least 5 years ago when I was in middle school, but I'm not sure whether or not to put them on my resume, and if so, how it would contribute to my present day skills.

Are these generally to be avoided?

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Kim’s Answer

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Excellent question Tanya! I know when you are young, five years seems like eons ago! But, when it comes to careers, it is still a short while ago. I don't know much about marketing, so let's talk about law. If I was going to be considering hiring you as a Legal Assistant, Paralegal, Case Manager, etc. in a law firm, and I was reviewing your resume, and saw that you had experience, the first thing I'd want to know is NOT what experience you have. It is: who trained you? Whose tutelage did you come up under? Is it someone ethical, or one of those lawyers known for taking shortcuts and taking only big-money cases? I'd want to know that your foundation was solid, because I can always build upon it if it is. And this is why I want to know: where did you work five years ago?


Hopefully you will be able to show a progression of experience, perhaps starting out as a receptionist and working up to discovery. That is another reason to include it. Try to show the type of firm/types of cases that you worked on. If your more recent experience includes things that you did at your earlier internships, you want to go into greater detail at the more recent ones, and brief summaries for the older ones.


Keep in mind that lawyers, like most people, don't like to read. Keep it short. Try VERY hard to keep it to one page. Do not get creative with a law resume, but you can with a marketing one! Also remember to highlight your technological skills - it's really important in a law office!


Best of luck!

Kim

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Whitney’s Answer

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Hi Tanya! It is great that you started interning as early as you did and got experience. You don't necessarily want to discard these from your resume as they could show your abilities. You don't want to sell yourself short and not include them. State everything you learned and accomplished in those positions to show how they were valuable. Consider providing more information for the more relevant positions, and ones that are less relevant you can list under a sub header. Don't be afraid to include "too much", although resumes are suppose to be an overview, you don't want to undervalue yourself and skills you have achieved (you can go over 1 page but keep it to a 2 page maximum).


All positions and experiences can be beneficial in various ways. First, decide which ones are relevant to what you are applying for. These should definitely be included to show direct experience and listed towards the top. As stated even if you use a header of "Internships" and just list some of them, you are at least getting credit for what you have done.


Hope this helps and good luck!





Whitney recommends the following next steps:

  • List each internships and the duties, skill, and accomplishments you completed
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Fiona’s Answer

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You can mention these in passing (as an item you list). If you have more relevant experience, obviously put these first and include more detail.
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Shiqi’s Answer

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That depends on how you frame it. How will this internship from 5-6 years ago be helpful for this new role you are applying? If it's completely irrelevant in terms of type of work and didn't tell a story of where you will be going, I would say don't bother. But if it's an internship experience that shows your leadership, your communication skills, your ability to work in vague situations, or any soft skills that will be helpful going into the new role you are applying, you can still put it there and tell a great story!

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