Lawyer CV's

Here you will find articles containing advice and tips to help you improve your CV and covering letters.

Whether you are entering a job search campaign or just putting the feelers out, the strength of your CV, letters and emails will be critical.

Use this Editor to Improve Your Law CV Writing

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…

The Risks of Using Law CV Templates

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…

A Tool to Ensure Perfect Grammar & Spelling in Your Law CV

I have to admit, my grammar and spelling are not always the best – a combination of my schooling and my laziness around that time. Whilst it hasn’t stopped me succeeding as a lawyer and coach, I do have to be extra vigilant when it comes to writing a formal piece, such as a CV.…

Critical CV Writing Techniques For Lawyers

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…

Should You Mention References on your CV?

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…

How Long Should Your Law CV Be?

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.…

How to Avoid Law CV Cliches?

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…

A Tip for Beating Job Search Procrastination

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…