Boost your chances of securing a role

It can be hard-going when you're job seeking and you feel like you're not getting anywhere. Perhaps you're not securing interviews, or perhaps you're getting pipped to the post and just not receiving that final job offer.   

Whilst a magic formula doesn't exist for ensuring you get your next role, there are a few key pieces of advice we would give to job-seekers to ensure they're heading in the right direction:

- Make sure your CV is perfect

This is what you are first judged on by am employer and a bad CV can lead to instant rejection. Make sure you get yours right by visiting our CV Clinic.

- Refine your interview technique

You've passed the CV litmus test and you've got an interview. Follow our interview preparation hints and tips to make sure you're well prepared to encounter all interview styles and questions.

- Gain additional skills and experience

Are you missing out on a job due to lack of experience? Are you finding it hard to prove your commitment to a certain field? Are you slightly behind on new developments in the profession? Undertake some additional training by signing up to specific CPD courses that may be relevant to roles you're applying to. You might also want to diversify your skills to prove your flexibility, which can be attractive to employers.

- Keep networking

Networking is a great way of finding new opportunities. Other people in the profession can provide a host of ideas for potential career moves. You'll have to put yourself out there at events, but a wide variety of contacts can be really beneficial to your career development. It'll also make you extremely adept at marketing yourself.

- Stay in touch with the profession

Make sure you're reading the Journal and other legal publications so you understand your position within the legal profession as a whole. Perhaps you're seeking a job in a field that's currently over-subscribed or uncommon in your geographic area. Make sure you have a grasp of the bigger picture - this will also serve you well in interviews as a conversation topic. If you're a new lawyer, join an organisation like TANQ or the SYLA.

- Keep yourself busy

It can be easier to find a job if you're in a job, or at least if you're busy. If you aren't currently employed, get some volunteering work, get involved with the Society and really consider joining our mentoring scheme. It will give you something to speak about at interviews and add to your CV, in addition to keeping your mind more relaxed.

- Consider working as a locum

Working as a locum for a short-term period can increase your skill set, grow your experience and be a gateway to meeting many new people. Locum work could lead to permanent opportunities. Read more here.

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