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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