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Think about the key strengths that set you apart from the competition and bring these to the fore. These can include academics, skills that add value to the position you’re applying for, experiences of working abroad or any unusual commercial experience.
Detail key skills: Be selective in the information you include and expand upon, making sure you keep less important detail short and to the point.
Get the right balance: Information on your current role should be the most detailed. For example, if you are three years’ qualified, focus on current experience, not what you did during your traineeship.
Experience: If you feel you lack experience in certain areas, compensate by detailing the other skills you know this firm/organisation looks for.
Complacency: After the first draft, don’t think you’ve finished. Remove yourself from the CV for a couple of days if you can and go back to it with ‘fresh eyes’. There may be room for improvement.
Use your CV to help secure the best opportunities for you. This is your chance to shine so think carefully about the position you’re applying for and make sure the most relevant details are clearly stated on your CV.
Use your CV to demonstrate what motivates you and why you are “The One”. This is exactly what recruiting firms/organisations want to know – so tell them.
A poorly presented CV lacking in clarity and detail. Remember first impressions count and a sloppy CV could imply a sloppy lawyer.
This time of year is always a time of reflection, of the past year, of what you want to achieve in the coming year.
Whilst recruitment of the right people is essential – much can be done with further education, training and staff evaluation to improve skills and add value to the service offered.
As most lawyers are high achievers there is a tendency to over commit, resulting in work overload and dissatisfied clients.