Proper and Improper Resume Formatting

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Do You Know the Difference?

Resume Tips

When developing the Professional Experience section of your resume, always begin with your most recent experience first, and then work your way backwards in reverse chronological order. The hiring manager is more interested in what you have done recently than in the distant past.

Be sure to indicate both the month and year of each employment assignment, beginning and ending dates.

A common formatting mistake is to lump all your experience together, and then later in the resume to group your employment dates, titles and employers. This is not a preferred resume format. It is more powerful to showcase what you did, and where you did it, thus portraying a progression through your career.

INCORRECT FORMAT:

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Senior Litigation Support Analyst

XYZ Firm

Los Angeles, CA, 2006 - Present

E-Discovery Project Manager

ABC Vendor

Los Angeles, CA, 2002 - 2006

Imaging Coordinator

Fortune 500 Corporation

Los Angeles, CA, 1999 - 2002


LITIGATION SUPPORT EXPERIENCE

Interfaced with eDiscovery case teams in support of enterprise wide discovery processes. Responsibilities included day-to-day management and execution of litigation support projects working with case team attorneys, outside counsel and vendors to develop and execute litigation support strategies. Worked closely with internal IT department to perform document production software testing.

 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE

Managed complex discovery projects. Generated weekly production reports. Supervised and managed review teams and document coders.  Performed quality checks on final deliverables. Communicated with clients to ensure customer satisfaction.

 

 

CORRECT FORMAT:

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

XYZ FIRM – Los Angeles, CA

Senior Litigation Support Analyst                                                                                                            June 2006 – Present

  • Interface with eDiscovery case teams in support of enterprise wide discovery processes.
  • Perform day-to-day management and execution of litigation support projects working with case team attorneys, outside counsel and vendors to develop and execute litigation support strategies.
  • Work closely with internal IT department to perform document production software testing.

 

ABC Vendor – Los Angeles, CA

E-Discovery Project Manager                                                                                                      January 2002 - June 2006

  • Managed complex discovery projects for law firm and corporate clients, ensuring specifications and accuracy.
  • Performed quality checks on final deliverables. Communicated with clients to ensure customer satisfaction.
  • Provided on-site demonstrations for clients using Relativity, Clearwell, Concordance and IPRO.
  • Supervised and managed review teams and document coders. 

 

Fortune 500 Corporation – Los Angeles, CA

Imaging Coordinator                                                                                                                     May 1999 – January 2002

  • Created custom load files for Concordance, Opticon, IPRO and Summation
  • Responsible for Post Processing, to include, branding, batch printing, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
  • Develop and execute EDD workflow, using IPRO eCapture
 

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