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Category Archives: CV writing tips

Don’t believe everything you hear

Should I ever lie on my CV?

For those of you who have ever watched a series of the Apprentice, you may recall one of the most infamous contestant’s Lee McQueen, who subsequently went on to win the final despite being caught out in the penultimate “interview” episode for lying on his

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BCL Legal Supports Manchester BPP Law School’s ‘Career Ready Day’

Vicky Clark shares her top tips for attending law fairs

Last week BCL Legal attended two law fairs in Leeds and Manchester. They are a great way to introduce yourself to a prospective employer and get noticed. In the world of Twitter, LinkedIn and WhatsApp we live in, nothing beats face to face contact. Last

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Solicitors Journal

Should I use a recruitment agency?

Searching for a new role can be a minefield. How can you find the time to look for a new job when you have billing targets to achieve? Where do you even start? There’s a way in which you can integrate your job search into

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Signs of a strong Yorkshire NQ market in 2017

Well, the UK government may have just triggered Article 50 but there are already signs of a strong NQ market in Yorkshire this year. Last summer I spoke to so many trainees who were infuriated and anxious about the impact of the Brexit vote on

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

NQ’s CVs making the best of yours

BCL Legal is already registering and starting to arrange interviews for September qualifiers and so this years’ NQ season looks like it will be as competitive as ever. We are approaching the time when  internal processes begin and roles are released externally, now is the

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The Law and the Economy

Writing your CV

In my role as a recruitment consultant I receive dozens of job applications every day and get to see the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to CVs. In the recruitment timeline the CV is as important as the interview; this two

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Sometimes the only choice can be the best choice – recruitment in a buoyant legal market

Recruitment is a fickle business; when times are good and employers are recruiting, it is invariably the case that high calibre and relevant candidates are hard to come by. Similarly, when times are less good and job opportunities are in short supply, you can guarantee

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Worst interview ever?

Is your CV working for you?

Are you finding that your CV is getting the attention it deserves? I’ve seen both sides of the coin and honestly, even when reading answers on application forms, I rarely read the full text supplied – that was when my sole role was internal recruitment.

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Justyna. Kucharska

A perfect CV gets you noticed…

After many months (possibly even years!) of contemplating making a move and browsing job boards without actually pressing the ‘apply’ button, you have now made up your mind and are ready to start the ‘search’… The very first thing to do is to come up

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Brexit - what now, legally and constitutionally?

Should you include hobbies on your CV?

Traditionally, CV writing advice goes that you shouldn’t really include your hobbies on your CV, mainly because they take up valuable space and waste the precious few seconds a recruiter/ potential employer spends skimming through your history. However, traditions are there to be broken and

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Back to School

September; a new academic year, a new start. Some of you could be getting children ready for a new school term, you may have friends who are teachers and they are getting ready to go back to work and meet their new classes. My nephew,

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Why using more than one recruitment agency is the worst move you can make

CVs and the “Two Page Myth”

We see a range of CVs on a daily basis ranging in length from fifteen pages to one page, however the most common length we see is exactly two pages long. Why? Time and time again I hear that candidates have been told that their

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