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Using Logos and Images on CVs – a good idea?

Using Logos and Images on CVs Recently we have seen a spate of CVs containing logos and images for employers worked for in the past. Fresh, Bright CVs The CVs look very fresh and bright, and the logos really make them stand out. Surely a win-win...

In House Legal – is the grass greener on the other side?

For our full advice on in house legal jobs and moving in house from private practice (and vice versa) please visit our In House page by clicking https://www.ten-percent.co.uk/in-house-lawyers/ The advice sheet includes the following: How easy...

Human Rights Lawyers – do they exist?

When I grow up I want to be a human rights lawyer (and marry George Clooney) We’ve been meaning to write this article for ages and I was only jogged into action by a long train journey and a recent spate of enquiries! So many teenagers and...

Matching Current Salary with a Job Offer – a good idea?

Making a Job Offer and matching current salary – a good idea? A candidate looks to make a move and we send them over details of vacancies. The candidate applies for a vacancy and we send a CV across to a firm, indicating current salary...

General Practice Solicitors – do they exist?

Do General Practice Solicitors still exist? At one time general practice solicitors (ie a solicitor who is able to work in a number of different areas of law) were scorned and firms avoided recruiting them. Times have changed and they are back...

CVs – have Linked In and video CVs made paper and digital CVs obsolete?

Are CVs obsolete thanks to the Internet? We recently attended a recruitment agency trade fair where numerous salesmen attempted to flog us video CVs and online pre-interview software and a number of speakers told us that CVs were no longer necessary....

Locum Dilemna – Firm have cancelled an assignment at short notice – what do I do?

Locum Dilemna – what do I do if a firm cancels an assignment at short notice? For a full detailed list of FAQs on locums and a guide on how to be an successful locum please visit www.interimlawyers.co.uk “Hi Jonathan. I was booked...

I’ve had a Training Contract offer from a small High Street Law Firm – should I take it?

We had a request in for legal careers advice from an LPC graduate who has been offered a training contract in a smaller sized law firm somewhere in the UK who do a lot of family law (plus other areas). His questions are as follows: I am unsure...

Improve your chances of success of recruiting Conveyancing Solicitors

There remains a national shortage of conveyancing and commercial property lawyers at all levels. We are finding it harder than usual to recruit locums this year, although we still get CVs in to over 95% of assignments, but the permanent side...

CV Writing and Job Applications – 10 Tips for getting noticed

CV Writing – Tips for Getting Noticed Here are 10 top tips from us on how to get your CV noticed by employers: Make sure your CV is extremely detailed and contains all the work relevant to the application you are making. Information such...

What do Umbrella Companies do and is there any point a solicitor using one to do locum work?

What do umbrella companies do and is there any point using one to do locum work? We have been working with locums in the legal profession for over 10 years now and it seems to be a fairly recent phenomenon that a very small minority of our locums...

What Makes a Good Job Reference

What makes a good job reference? We often get job offers for our candidates which involve a clause to say that the offer is subject to satisfactory references.  A few times during the last 16 years, we have experienced difficulties getting...

Best Websites and Places to Search for Legal Jobs

There are an abundance of different websites online to search for legal jobs. These include job boards, agency websites, posting boards and blogs. However, these are the best sites in our experience (apart from our own of course!): 1)    Law...

Returning to work after a break – steps to improve your CV, prospects and chances of success

Very recently, a candidate got in touch about a vacancy, explaining quite apologetically that she was returning to work after a break and could she be considered for the post. As a recruiter, I have to be honest and say that whenever anybody...

How to Improve your Chances of Success when making Job Applications – become a Borg

Improving chances of success when applying for a job – become a Borg Whilst working as recruitment consultants, we often get asked by candidates what they can do to improve their chances in relation to a specific job that they may be considering...

Five Common Mistakes When Writing a CV

Five common mistakes when writing a CV. Here are five very common errors that arise from CVs we receive every day of the week into Ten Percent Legal Recruitment.  Some of them are glaringly obvious, others are not so straightforward. 1)  ...

Top 5 Tips for getting the most out of Interviews

Top 5 Tips for making sure you get the most out of interviews. These tips apply as much to senior members of staff and managers as they do for junior staff. They are designed so that you get the most out of the recruitment process when you...

Top 5 Tips for Getting the most out of Candidates

Top 5 Tips for making sure you get the most out of candidates applying for your posts. These tips apply as much to senior members of staff and managers as they do for junior staff. They are designed so that you get the most out of the recruitment...

Mothers Returning to Work in the Legal Profession – A Missed Opportunity?

Mothers returning to work – a missed opportunity? The legal profession very often lags behind other sectors for recruitment practices and HR trends. Firms have tended to be inflexible about hours, reluctant to recruit part time staff and...

How do we as a Legal Recruitment Agency check and verify candidates?

Checking Candidates As a legal recruitment agency in some aspects our life is very easy when it comes to checking candidates before submitting them for vacancies. Firstly, the Law Society maintain an online directory of all solicitors with current...

Why are jobs listed by agencies on job boards and websites not always active?

There are a good number of legal jobs on the web that have been listed by recruitment consultants that are not live. I can guarantee this. I reckon that for every 1 genuinely live vacancy with a finite deadline to be filled there will be 1 vacancy...

What is the difference between a Paralegal and a Fee Earner in a Solicitors firm?

This week an LPC graduate applied for a Conveyancing Fee Earner role in Central London through us (Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment). Before every other LPC graduate sends us their CV I should add that this candidate has over 12 months residential...

Rogue Recruitment Agencies and Phantom Jobs

Phantom Jobs and Rogue Recruitment Agencies Very recently the Law Society Gazette published an article online about phantom recruitment agents and jobs. The complaint appeared to be that candidates were attending interviews and then not hearing...

Trying to avoid the Recruitment Agency – tips on how not to do it

I have just taken the most bizarre telephone call I think I have ever received as a recruitment consultant. It went like this: Caller: Hello, is that Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment? Me: Yes it is. Caller: I’ve seen an advert for a vacancy...

What Relevance does Voluntary Work have for Making Job Applications in the Legal Profession?

This query comes up quite regularly with legal job applicants coming into the profession. So many times I have been asked by graduates and students why we have ignored their applications for specific vacancies that require say ‘2 months...

Elocution – essential for Northern England graduates looking to work in the South?

Elocution Lessons – a vital part of a move from the North to London? There has recently been a flurry of articles and comments in the media about the legal profession being traditional, conservative and middle class with a bias against...

Sample Covering Emails and Letters for Legal Jobs

Recently I have put together a couple of emails and letters for a client and these are included as free covering email and covering letter templates in this post below. The candidate in question is currently in house as a General In House Counsel....

I Want to Get Out of Law And Am Completely Fed Up – Help!

I want to get out of law and am completely fed up, what can I do? This relates to a number of queries that have come into the Ten Legal Careers Centre over the last six months, although the level of enquiries of this nature has dropped (excluding...

Ten Ways to Get Fired

10 Ways to Get Fired Not that this comes up very often, but it is harder to get fired from a job than you would imagine. That said, a recent experience with an employer in North Wales indicates that it is possible to be fired for wearing a pink...

What should be included in a covering letter or email for a job application?

This is the advice I have recently given to a career coaching client looking to put together the perfect covering email or letter. It really depends on the circumstances in which you are using these, but generally you should be sending CVs as...