This is a chance to show your personality, briefly explain what you like to do outside of work in a few bullet points. This gives a chance to gauge what you like and maybe a few talking points in the interview. Be honest with what you like as this could be your potential employer for the foreseeable future and you don’t want to be doing activities you don’t like just because everyone thinks you like them!
6 tips to perfect the CV
Now we’ve got the layout sorted and we know what we’re writing and where we’re writing it, here are 6 tips to make sure your litigation CV is perfect.
- Keep it simple and make it easy for the reader. The reader knows nothing about you and the purpose of the CV is to pique interest in you. You want clear concise information that provides just enough to intrigue so they invite you to an interview.
- In keeping it simple, use a simple font, simple format and keep it standardised. Formats aren’t universal between devices and aren’t always compatible, so when you may have made a beautiful looking CV, it could end up being all over the place for the person who reads it.
- Along with that, don’t put a picture, it wastes page space, they’ll get to see you when they meet you and they’ll most likely look at your LinkedIn anyway.
- When putting it together don’t make grand claims that are not factual, “My drafting skills are second to none” – doesn’t look good, simple as that. Instead change it to, “I have lots of experience drafting documents and require minimal assistance when doing so.” Giving succinct examples to back up your skills is also useful tip.
- There’s a myth that your CV should fit onto one page – Maybe for other industries this may be the case, but when you’re applying for litigation roles this is probably too short or you have crammed too much into one page normally through an odd page layout that as mentioned earlier may not be compatible – don’t get hung up about this, make the person reading your CV’s life easier (they will appreciate it ).
- Target your answers to specific details in the job role, they want someone with high attention to detail, tell them why you’ve got high attention to detail (and make sure there are no mistakes in your CV, that is shooting yourself in the foot if I’ve ever seen it.)
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