CV Writing Hints & Tips
- Keep it to 2 pages, 3 maximum
- Split into 4 sections and use subheadings; Personal Details, Employment History, Qualifications and Interests
- Always put in reverse chronological order, i.e. starting with the most recent
- If there are any gaps in employment – add an explanation
- Keep statements factual giving good examples of experience gained
- Remember to include contact details including daytime contact number
- Spell check and proof read – ideally get a colleague to proof read too
- Concentrate mainly on current/last job
- Include a photo
- List irrelevant personal information, e.g., names of children/pets
- Add very general statements, e.g. I am an excellent team player
- Invent hobbies/interests – be prepared to embellish on them at interview
For further assistance on drafting your CV please contact us.
Some general job interview tips.
- Prepare thoroughly – find out as much as you can about the firm and Interviewers; obtain a copy of their brochure; read their website and linked websites, e.g:
- Prepare answers to questions you may be asked (see below)
- Conduct a mock interview with a colleague/partner
- Dress smartly and appropriately – remember the Interviewer will form an opinion on you and only 7% will be based on what you say, the rest will be on how you look, act and sound
- Take enough copies of your CV for yourself and all Interviewers
- Check out the venue beforehand – know where it is and how long it will take to get there
- A good firm handshake is very important – practice if necessary
- Avoid complaining about current/former employer or colleagues – you may be seen as a gossip or troublemaker
- Do not raise discussions regarding salary
- Remember to switch off your mobile
Some interview questions you may be asked and suggested questions you could ask.
Questions you may be asked
- What are your reasons for leaving your current firm?
- What do you know about us?
- What do you like and dislike about your current role?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What is your major achievement?
- What motivates you?
- Where do you see yourself in 2/3/5 years time?
- How would your boss/team describe you?
- What are your current billing targets and are you achieving them?
- What do you think are the major problems/opportunities facing the legal profession?
- What are your interests outside of work?
- Why should we offer you the position rather than one of the other candidates?
Suggested questions to ask
- How has this role arisen?
- Who will I report to? Where does he/she fit in the structure?
- Who will report to me? How experienced are they?
- How would you describe the culture of the firm? E.g.. Open door policy?
- Who do you consider are your main competitors?
- Can you tell me about the firm’s plans to expand?
- What are the long-term prospects for the successful candidate?
- How do you appraise the performance of your staff?
- What are the chargeable hours targets for fee earners per week/day?
- When will you decide on the appointment?
- What is the next step? 2nd interview?
- Do you have any concerns about offering me the position? (allows the chance to address any concerns they have)