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Think complementary strengths when considering which firms you would like to be working for. Do you share common cultural values? The cultural fit is becoming increasingly important in light of the importance of adding value and constantly improving service.
Lawyers at all levels look for quality of work as well as a long-term career path.
You should also be considering how effectively you can work for the firm and its clients. In private practice and industry, when our clients are recruiting they look at the same issues, so clearly we need to be identifying that lawyers and interviewing firms/organisations share the same concerns but are coming from different perspectives. If you can take this awareness into the interview, then you are already adding value to your candidacy, because you are thinking like your potential employer and will be demonstrating like-mindedness and the potential for complementary strengths.
First you should reflect on where your current role is taking you. Think roles, responsibilities and achievements, think layout in a clear, concise and accessible manner, and think relevant information.
If there is any information you feel requires further explanation or detail then either expand in your CV content or seek advice on how best to approach this. Think of your CV as the most important marketing document that you’ll have to write. It has to be made up of brief descriptions and accurate summaries. It has to be persuasively written and not just a listing of your experience.
What about your professional development – how do you articulate this in your CV?
You can add value through demonstrating a commitment to further education, through your CPD, or indeed through a general interest in developing a specialist area. Another area you could focus on developing is information on your hobbies and interests, particularly as this can be an opportunity to demonstrate increasingly sought after ‘softer skills’. Firms and organisations are looking for dynamism, enthusiasm and a commitment to personal and professional development in an increasingly competitive market. As we have said before, this is what will make you stand out, set you apart from the competition and you will soon feel the benefits of developing your own unique selling proposition.
QUALIFYING IN 2024? Over the past years we have worked on a large number of newly qualified positions with firms and organisations based all over Scotland. We will also have opportunities in the Channel Islands and London in 2024 so we are well placed to assist and advise you on NQ opportunities wherever your […]
GETTING THAT WORK/LIFE BALANCE RIGHT At FWA, we understand the importance of a good work/life balance, and we as a team, are lucky to be able to implement this on a day-to-day basis. Not only can good work/life balance help productivity within the business, but it also helps improve mental health, reduces stress and boosts […]
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY October 10th 2023 is World Mental Health Day and here at FWA, we are wearing yellow to show support to the #HelloYellow campaign which helps raise awareness to mental health in young people. Mental health in children and young people is on the rise, especially after the negative effects of the […]