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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...

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....

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...

Mitigating Circumstances – do they ever exist and do you need to mention them on a CV or at a job interview?

No. Mitigating circumstances do not exist. Ever. Well, hardly ever. “Mitigating circumstances” is probably one of the most irritating phrases ever to come out of university careers advice centres. What a fantastic excuse for rubbish...

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)  ...

CV Review for LPC student at Anglia Ruskin University

Here follows a CV review. We offer free CV reviews provided you are happy for us to publish our feedback on the website and your CV in full. CV REVIEW IS AT THE FOOT OF THIS CV – NO FURTHER COMMENTS ON THE CONTENT OTHER THAN THE PARAGRAPH...

CV Review for a 2nd year Law Student at a University

Here follows a CV review. We offer free CV reviews provided you are happy for us to publish our feedback on the website and your CV in full. Candidate 03062139 Address: Telephone (Mob): Telephone (Home): Email: Date of Birth: Marital Status:                 ...

CV Review for Final Year Law Student

Here follows a CV review. We offer free CV reviews provided you are happy for us to publish our feedback on the website and your CV in full. Candidate 22022159 Name Address Home:  Mobile: British DOB Personal Profile A hard-working, honest...

CV Review for Newly Qualified Solicitor

Here follows a CV review. We offer free CV reviews provided you are happy for us to publish our feedback on the website and your CV in full. Candidate 14021231 Address Tel: Email: Professional Profile Trainee Solicitor qualifying in June 2015...

CV Review – Law Student looking to secure a training contract or vacation placement 1

Here follows a CV review. We offer free CV reviews provided you are happy for us to publish our feedback on the website and your CV in full. Candidate 09021949 PORTSMOUTH I am a self-motivated, hardworking student at University of Portsmouth....

Lying on CVs – 20% of all CVs are inaccurate or untrue?

Lying on CVs This is probably more relevant for locums than permanent candidates, but when going through gaps on CVs we very often get asked why it is so important that we know what someone was doing in 1995 for 12 months. Well here is the reason....

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....

Using a Personal Statement on a CV

Using a Personal Statement on a CV One thing that is often apparent on CVs is that people seem to take the wrong approach to their personal statement on the CV. It seems to be the accepted norm that the personal statement is used to put down...

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...

Conversion Table for US GPA to UK class degrees

US Degree Classifications versus UK Degree Classifications Converting overseas degree classifications on CVs to the local equivalent is vital, particularly in the UK. We discovered this table online for converting US degree classifications into...

Writing a strong Statement for Job Application Forms

Writing a Good Statement for Job Application Forms  If you complete job application forms for local authorities or the judiciary, they often come with a supporting statement, statement of qualities, information to support your application,...

Should I include my Date of Birth or Marital Status on a CV?

Should I include my date of birth or marital status on a CV? This is a question that comes up time and again. Why would anyone advise to include a date of birth or marital status on a CV? Well, I always recommend considering it, and I know...

How we prepare CVs

We have been preparing professional CVs for lawyers since April 2000 and the process is fairly simple. Firstly we ask our clients to send us over a completed form on the internet with lots of detail in.  Alternatively our clients can send over...

How long should a CV be?

How long is a piece of string?  I get asked this question almost on a daily basis and hear a lot of different answers once I have given my response. CV – never longer than 2 pages? The usual or fairly common response is someone who has...

US Legal CVs compared to UK Legal CVs

We have recently taken an order from a US client looking for a CV to use with UK law firms and to present a CV in a way the UK law firms would understand it.  Ten Percent Legal Recruitment & Careers Services have been assisting US, Australian,...

How to Write a Good Personal Profile Section on a CV

The first thing to say about a personal profile section is that if you have nothing to say, the best personal profile section for you would be an empty one and the space used more effectively for something else. You only need a personal profile...

How Should I send a Legal CV to Law Firms?

If you are making an application for a legal job or speculatively approaching a law firm for any type of position including solicitor work or paralegal/work experience, you need to make a decision on how you send your details over. Do you need...

Making a Job Application after 25 years in the same post

We often get very senior solicitors and executives registering with us, and needing to make an application for work after many years in the same post and wondering what on earth they need to do. Very often these candidates send a CV through...

CV Writing – Skills Sections

For the last five years, a UK university has invited me in to talk to their LPC students about their CVs. I receive a copy of the CVs beforehand, assess them, and then base my talk upon each groups’ CVs when I go and talk.  Some years...

CV Myth Exposed – Fitting a CV onto 2 Pages

There are a lot of resources out there from outplacement companies, CV advisers, HR consultants and recruitment consultants who all claim to be experts on writing CVs but who advise their clients to fit their CV onto two pages. They explain...

How to Write a Good Covering Letter

The aim of a covering letter is to give the reader of your CV a very quick indication of all the salient points they need to know. For most people this will basically be your job title, how many years experience you have, how much money you...

How to Write an Outstanding Legal CV and Covering Letter

Ten-Percent offers a CV Writing Service, a CV Review Service, CV Writing Packs and the Complete Guide to Writing a Legal CV. All CV Services are provided by a qualified solicitor, recruitment consultant and legal career coach. For details please...