- Mon Jan 11, 2021 2:43 pm
This is a fairly common scenario (especially this past year!) and there are a few different ways that you can handle it:
1) You could just leave the smaller jobs off of your resume. A work gap in 2020 is pretty common and law schools are unlikely to think much about it. If you feel like your jobs at the YMCA and the Bike Share didn't add anything significant to your experience, then this might be the way to go. You could include a brief addendum about being called back from the Peace Corps early due to covid. But you don't need to make big excuses for a job gap that is totally reasonable following the Peace Corps in general but extra reasonable during a global pandemic/economic crisis.
2) You could just list all of the jobs you've had chronologically on your resume, including the smaller jobs. I'm assuming you will spend time talking about your Peace Corps experience in your personal statement or elsewhere so it doesn't necessarily need to be at the top of your resume. They'll know you were in the Peace Corps. And, again, 2020 was a weird year for employment for a lot of people so they're not going to judge you for having a couple of short-term gigs.
3) You could organize your resume so that you kind of get the best of both worlds here. Front-load your resume with your significant work experiences and include a section at the end for your "Other Work Experience" and just list your smaller jobs there. That way everything is on your resume, but you are highlighting the experiences you really want them to see.
Hope this helps! Good luck!