Written by   |   Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:52

 What you MUST include on your CV!

  1. Personal Information: full name & contact details (mobile and personal email).

  2. Professional Qualifications: dates and places of admission to any relevant Bars/Courts and professional bodies (e.g: Law Societies, ACC, Institute of Chartered Accountants; Corporate Secretarial Association etc).

  3. Education: all degrees and diplomas obtained, where and when. High school information should also be included.

  4. Work History: all jobs should have a start and end date clearly listed by month and year, preferably in reverse chronological order. Any gaps/time off between jobs should be explained.

  5. Work Experience: listed under each job should be your title/role and the main experience gained, together with a transaction/deal list in bullet points. If there are lots of deals, try using an annexure to the CV.

  6. Language Capabilities: list of languages with level of fluency for both written and oral (ie. fluent, working, basic). 

  7. Personal Interests: include the things you love doing outside of the Law. 

  8. References: include at least two professional referees, people that you have reported to who are able to vouch for your skills and experience.
Written by   |   Wednesday, 19 February 2020 15:28

JLegal’s 5 Tips to creating a winning legal CV:

 Tip 1 – Make sure your CV clearly, concisely and accurately conveys your skills and experience.

 Quite simply, your resume is a summary of your abilities, education, experience, and skills. Its main task is to convince prospective employers to contact you. A CV has one purpose: to get your foot in the door so you can wow potential employers at the job interview.

 Tip 2 – Do not ‘grab interest’ by including pics, logos, graphs or timelines – these merely distract.  Only include relevant information.

 Employers look through mountains of applications and can typically spend only a few minutes reviewing a resume.  Your CV, therefore, must create a good first impression. In order to grab the interest of a potential employer and stand out from the rest of the applications, your CV must quickly convey that you are capable and competent enough to be worth interviewing.

 Tip 3 – Tailor your CV for each role – that extra time and detail will pay off!

 When preparing your CV for a certain role, it is important to ask yourself: What aspects of my education, experience, or skills will be most attractive to this employer?

Your CV should immediately highlight your relevant skills, knowledge and specific coursework, or areas of specialty that you feel would be of interest. A summary of your areas of experience and background is usually helpful to do this. Tailor your CV, as much as possible, to the role you are applying for.

 Tip 4 – Do not make your CV too long. Use bullet points to reduce long paragraphs.

 Do not write a long essay.  However, US-style one page CVs might be too short for most Commonwealth countries.  Ideally, your CV should not be more than 3-4 pages long. Use bullet points to break up long paragraphs of information.

 Tip 5 – Check that you have included all relevant dates in your CV.

 Check that all events are properly dated, especially your qualification dates and those of your current and previous employment. Do not forget to clearly state your place and date of admission.

Any gaps (when you took that sabbatical to try your hand at something else?) in the dates should be adequately explained.


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Written by   |   Wednesday, 12 February 2020 16:47

A good CV is the first step towards securing your dream legal job, but the truth is that knowing what to leave out is just as important as what details you should include. Remember that you want to make a good impression on paper to give yourself a chance of securing an interview.

There are some details that recruiters and employers simply won't be interested in, here’s a list of things you should avoid:

  • Cliches

A cliche shows a lack of imagination and makes it seem as though you haven't put much thought into your CV. Avoid phrases such as "thinking outside the box" and "a real team player" – these are likely to have been heard hundreds of times before and won't help you stand out for all the right reasons.

  • Irrelevant work experience

If you're applying for a legal job, there's probably not much point in giving your potential employer the lowdown on every role you've had since you were a teenager. Your two-month stint at the local supermarket might have given you some skills, but are they relevant to the position you're applying for now? It pays to be selective.

  • Poor spelling and grammar

An immediate turn-off for any recruiter is bad spelling and grammar. It demonstrates that you haven't read through your CV thoroughly so what areas of your legal job are you also likely to overlook? If this area really isn't your forté, then get a friend or colleague to look for you.

  • Unnecessary details

Make sure your CV is always relevant to the position you're applying for. Adding information that won't help your application will only distract from the good work you have done in the past. Listing your hobbies, for example, isn't a great idea. There may be opportunity to discuss this at interview if your asked about it.


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Written by   |   Thursday, 06 February 2020 17:31

Let us do the hard work for you.. 

Finding the perfect legal job is not always easy. Even if you are an exceptional graduate and reputable lawyer with plenty of experience under your belt, it can still be difficult to get a foot in the door of a new company or law firm.

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Using JLegal Australia gives you the opportunity to have access to professional advice and support throughout the job search period and will probably increase your chances of landing the perfect role.

However, the benefits don't end there. Here are some other ways JLegal Australia can improve your job search experience.

  •  Tap into our global network

JLegal Australia has a truly global presence. Together with our local market, we have reach into New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo and the entire UK.

When you use our services, you will be tapping into our global network. Who knows what sort of opportunities we have waiting for you?

  • Make the most of our industry expertise

The team at JLegal Australia knows all about law, so you don't have to worry about us not understanding industry trends.

The international board of directors is exclusively made up of ex-lawyers and highly experienced legal recruitment professionals.

We can help you with every step of the job search process, from fine-tuning your CV, to preparing for interviews.

In addition, we offer services in both in-house recruitment and private practice recruitment, locally and globally,and at all levels opening up a range of doors for our skilled and valued candidates.


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