Law CV mistakes: Our ten biggest pitfalls

We’re often asked about the worst law CV mistakes, read on for some of the biggest culprits. Why is it important to get your CV right? We have all experienced that feeling of walking into a really nice shop or hotel and thinking, ‘wow, this place is amazing’. Retailers spend millions of pounds each year on marketing and making sure that their shops are a pleasant place for people to shop in and this goes a long way to enticing you to spend your money there. Take Apple as an example and think about their stores: they always have great presentation, the key information about products is presented quickly and there is a sense of simplicity when purchasing products. There’s something to learn from big retailers like Apple when applying for jobs and the most important lesson for applicants is: your CV is a method by which you sell your skills – it’s like putting the products in your store on display for your future employer. A great CV is a way of showing off your skills and attributes and encouraging a prospective employer to invite you for an interview. However, lots of applicants make some very common law CV mistakes. Here are the top 10 law CV mistakes: 1 Poor presentation Think of poor presentation like going to an interview with an unironed shirt – it wouldn’t come across very well! In the same vein, you want to present your CV nicely because it shows a prospective employer that you care about presentation. 2 Dense text Having clear headings and bullet points will make your CV easier to read and anything which...

CV faux pas: Phrases to avoid putting on your CV at all costs

Putting your CV together? Unsure about the kind of language you should use? You aren’t the only one. Hopefully we can help. CVs are formal documents and they should be written as such. But a serious, formal tone is one thing. Meaningless jargon and clumsy corporate speak is another. So don’t confuse the two. You’d be amazed how many CVs we see with the same tired old phrases in – phrases that prove nothing to a recruiter or employer. Our team went to a seminar recently where we saw approximately a thousand CVs in one day. We didn’t keep a log but from memory we reckon that give or take 999 of them were from “conscientious team players with good communication skills”. To quote just one old chestnut that keeps rearing its ugly head. How many employers are looking for conscientious team players with good communication skills? Pretty much all of them. How many are going to believe you fit the bill just because you say so on your CV? A lot fewer – and that’s putting it mildly. Put yourself in the shoes of your audience: Imagine you are an employer or recruiter with 100 CVs on your desk and very little time to go through them. Your CV is your chance to prove your worth as quickly and efficiently as possible. To make yourself stand out from the crowd. You do this with powerful phraseology backed up with relevant facts and achievements in the right places. Not by regurgitating the same meaningless platitudes as the other 99 candidates. So get rid of your old favourites like “confident...