There follows some guidance on best practice for drafting a legal CV, increasing its impact and presenting a powerful personal brand. Page 1 It’s critically important to consider and plan the impact of the first page of your CV, in particular, the first half page. Many recruiters will draw their conclusion having read the first…

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Your CV may be failing you for various reasons. For example, it makes a poor first impression because it’s too lengthy. Or your work experience reads like a generic job description and sounds like other candidates’ experience. Commonly, however, it fails because it’s not written as well as it could be. To help my CV…

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Using a CV template you find online, in a book or elsewhere is extremely risky. It will most likely result in your CV ending up on the “No” pile. In this article, I will explain why you should avoid using a CV template, why you may nonetheless be tempted to and what you should do…

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I read a lot of legal CV’s from a wide variety of lawyers. Surprisingly often, the quality of writing leaves a lot to be desired. Even those written relatively well often reveal some poor writing techniques. Common bad habits include a failure to use plain English, the inclusion of worthless adjectives and adverbs, and use…

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Many of the CV’s sent to me by lawyers contain a mention of references. I always recommend they remove it. In this article, I will explain why I believe so many candidates add something about references, and why they should leave it off a CV. Why Candidates Mention References People include this information for two…

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One of the most common questions I get asked is how long a CV for legal positions should be. It’s understandable there’s confusion around this. If you search online for CV advice you will find lots of conflicting advice. My rule is this: a CV should be two pages, subject to some VERY limited exceptions.…

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There are few things that make a worse first impression on a recruiter than a CV containing CV cliches. As well as creating a poor impression it might be hard to recover from, you also run the risk that your CV lacks substance and evidential impact. These factors will most likely to lead your CV…

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Most of us experience procrastination in some form or another. It’s that feeling of being stuck and finding yourself doing other things over making meaningful progress in areas that are important to you. Unfortunately, when it comes to our job search activities our levels of procrastination can reach new highs. In this article, I will…

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