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CV Best Practice

Your CV is obviously your first chance to make a strong impression, so we work closely with you to make sure it works as hard as it can to get you to the interview stage. However, there are a few ‘golden rules’ in CV writing, so it’s worth checking the following general points.

Be Prepared, Keep it Simple

Present your content in 4 clear sections – namely Education, Legal Experience, Relevant non-legal Experience and Interests.

Research the company – visit their website to get all the information you can on the company’s activities 

Keep it relevant – list all your experience in bullet form, but go into more detail on areas that have relevance to the vacancy you’re applying for. Take a long look at all your CV’s content to make sure it ‘s as relevant as possible to the vacancy.

Keep it factual – don’t be tempted to over-claim or exaggerate your experience – there’s nothing worse than being caught out in an interview!

The personal factor – giving details of you interests outside of work gives an insight into your personality and how you will fit in terms of the company’s culture. 


These resources will give you some more detail on CV best practice. Take a good look at the pro-forma CV in particular.