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Putting together your CV can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve been at the same firm for a long time or are simply unsure how to set your experience out in a way that is going to be attractive to potential employers.
Thornton Legal are always happy to take the sting out of the process and offer a comprehensive cv advice service to candidates who want their cv’s to stand out from the crowd.
We are often asked what the best advice would be for applicants unsure of the basics or in need of a CV MOT. Our golden rules on CV writing remain the same:
Get the basics right
Ensure that the document covers your education, qualification and experience, interests and includes relevant referees. A short candidate profile summarising your current role and suitability for the job should be inserted towards the top of the document to catch the eye of the person reading it.
Presentation is key
Other vitally important things to consider are a clean and well-structured lay out that ensures the CV can be scanned quickly by the reader. It should be clear and concise and ideally no more than 3 pages in length. Insert paragraphs into the body of the text at appropriate points. Ensure that you get somebody to proof read the CV to ensure that it is grammatically correct and devoid of embarrassing spelling mistakes.
Your job history should be set out in reverse chronological order with your current/most recent role at the top. The dates that you were employed at each firm should be included together with full job titles.
Showcase your achievements/skills
If you are particularly good at something job related or have achieved something significant in a particular role, be sure to mention it. By way of example, law firms are always keen to see:
A consistent billing history
Examples of winning new business or business development
Leadership or management skills
Examples of the type of client you have worked for, the value or complexity of work done or any interesting or niche skills that you may have, which could set you apart from other candidates in the process.
Understand the job description and tailor your cv accordingly
A general CV, setting out your experience is useful but in the event that you have a job description or job specification for a particular role, consideration should be given to tailoring the contents of the document with reference to the specific skills and experience sought by the firm.
If you don’t have an up to date CV or even want some help in putting a fresh one together, Thornton Legal are happy to help.
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With the New Year now underway, it’s time to start your perfect job. Here are some tips to create the best first impression in your new role.
- Arrive on time, even better, early – it’s a good habit to get into from the outset and will ensure you’re ready and fully prepared for the day ahead.
- Positive mental attitude – always be positive, even if you’re not always feeling it. It will rub off on colleagues and ensure you’re seen as an optimistic, upbeat problem solver.
- Dress appropriately – it’s important to dress like you mean business. Observe the dress styles of your new colleagues to get an idea of what is appropriate in your new work environment.
- Get to know your colleagues, remember names! Taking time to get to know your new colleagues will help you to feel comfortable in your new role and settle in quickly. Introduce yourself and ask them about themselves and, importantly, remember their names! – even if it means jotting them down initially.
- Be friendly and professional – this will take you a long way and will make your colleagues more willing to help you out when you need it.
- Be organised and proactive – During your first days in your new role listen carefully to everything you’re told and take notes. If you’re unsure, ask and be organised from the word go to ensure you stay on top of your workload.
- Avoid office politics and gossip – While it is important to be friendly and engage with your new colleagues, avoid gossip and office politics, no matter how tempting it can be to join in. You start a new role with a clean slate and you want to keep it that way rather than clouding your initial impressions of the firm and the people you’re working with.
- Ask questions and ask for help – If you’re unsure of something ask for help as people will expect this from a new colleague. As processes and procedures are being explained, ask questions to deepen your understanding and knowledge.
- Show appreciation – When colleagues do take time out of their busy schedule to show you the ropes and help you out, show your appreciation.
- Show commitment – Don’t be a clock watcher and do volunteer for tasks over and above your role to show your enthusiasm and commitment to your employer.
- Be quick to observe and slow to judge – Spend your first weeks observing how your colleagues approach their work. You will learn a lot and showing humility rather than judging people will stand you in good stead. Making mistakes is inevitable but turn them into positives by learning from them.
- Participate in social events – this shows willing and that you’re keen to get to know your colleagues. You can learn a lot about the culture of the company in a more informal setting and it also helps to boost team building.
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