Expert Advice – Quality – Service – Latest Vacancies
Your CV is an advert for your skills. The main purpose of a CV is for employers to see what you are capable of and consequently to get an interview.
You need to be factual and concise as employers want to be able to read through your CV quickly and get an understanding of your skills and history.
So here are some tips on how to create the perfect CV and what prospective employers are looking for:
- CVs should be word processed in a clear, easy to read font.
- They should be no longer than 2 pages of A4 paper.
- They should be printed out on good quality, white paper.
Your full name, address and contact numbers should be at the beginning of your CV. Your date of birth and email address are also optional
A short, catchy paragraph can then be included to give a quick summary of yourself and ambitions.
Education and Qualifications
Your education history should be recorded in reverse chronological order from secondary level upwards along with any relevant subjects and qualifications.
Your career should be recorded again in reverse chronological order focussing on your most recent experiences. Make sure that any relevant projects and training are included as well as work in specialised areas, for example, litigation, family law, etc. Don’t forget to sell yourself so highlight your skills and strengths.
In this section you could again highlight any other skills (both personal and professional) that you feel will help any job application.
Interests and Hobbies
Include any personal interests and hobbies (no matter how way out) as these will help to give an example of your overall persona. Remember though not to exaggerate as you may be asked questions on any aspect of your CV.
What Candidates Can Expect From Us
Once you have sent your CV to us, then one of our consultants will call to have a confidential chat about;
- Your current role and skills
- What you are looking for in your next role
- Career prospects
- Salary expectations
- Geographical location
- Where you have already applied to and where your CV has already been sent
This may seem like a lot of information but it is important that our consultants can gain as much information about your situation as possible. This then enables them to match your requirements and skills to our current vacancies and firms.
We do ask all of our candidates to send us a copy of the identification details, i.e. passport/driving licence in order for us to comply with agency regulations.
After this discussion our consultants will discuss potential vacancies and firms with you and will agree with you what positions you would like to be put forward for. THIS IS AN IMPORTANT STEP. YOUR CV WILL NOT BE SENT TO ANY PRACTICE OR COMPANY WITHOUT YOUR APPROVAL. We ask candidates to send an email to us confirming exactly what positions were discussed with them to avoid any later confusion.
Keeping You Informed
If you are then short listed for an interview we will arrange a date and time convenient for you to attend an interview. We will then email you with all the relevant details and recommend that you do some research into the firm before attending the interview (please see advice centre for more information).
We will always endeavour to provide you with relevant feedback and will keep you fully informed as to any outcomes of interviews.
You can call us any time to discuss any vacancy, recruitment aspect or advice and speak to one of our consultants.