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Category Archives: CV writing tips

NQ preparation 2018

With lots of impending changes particularly within the PI and Insurance market it’s really important you prepare well for any interviews you have. There are still lots of great roles with in the PI market for NQ solicitors; however competition is fierce, particularly in the

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Two essential things you should do when applying for a job

After a day out of the office on Friday and with a raft of CVs in my inbox after some new job postings, a big chunk of my Monday was spent going through CVs I had received in application for some of our internal vacancies.

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CV Tips: Personal Injury and Other Target Driven Industries

It is surprising how many CVs I come across that are not well-formatted given all of the tips and tricks on the internet. I don’t know about you but when I have made applications in the past (before I joined BCL Legal, of course) I

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CV Tips for Recruiters

My working day often begins by looking through that morning’s CVs from alerts on job boards. I hope against hope that today, there will be that special candidate who graduated two or three years ago, has a solid couple of years under his or her

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

How to prepare a legal CV

I’m going back to basics in my blog this month; how to write a good legal CV. Your CV is crucial to your job search. In the same way that first impressions count when you meet people in person, your CV and particularly it’s tone,

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

Why is a photo on your CV seen as creepy? – Should you include a photo on your CV

A recent article from the online news site Quartz picked up on the topic of photos attached to your resumé (CV). With the fabulous headline, ‘your social media profile makes you human. Why is it creepy on resumés?’, the article seeks to highlight some of

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

Be warned: this is what your overly wordy CV tells me about you

I have just opened up a CV of a senior lawyer and immediately my heart has plummeted. All I can see are words – 1600 of them in 10 fulsome paragraphs with the odd spattering of bullet points. I have read in the past that

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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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