Gaining work experience is an important part of your journey to becoming a lawyer. Firstly, it shows you are proactive and committed to the field. Secondly, it is important to have first-hand experience of what it is like to work in legal practice or Chambers.
In January, the number of people seeking a new work opportunity soars to 64% of the UK workforce (Telegraph 2019) and it is reported that many companies are now shaking off the aftermath of the political upheaval to focus on their growth plans.
There has been a very welcomed increase in the number of returnships available by companies and organisations. These are designed to act as a bridge back into work for experienced professionals who have taken an extended career break.
There has been an increasing debate over if you should use your LinkedIn profile to apply for jobs and whether CVs are now becoming outdated and no longer relevant. For the avoidance of doubt, we provide both CVs and LinkedIn profiles, and therefore I have sought to be unbiased in my opinion.
As a professional CV writer I am often asked by customers to prepare a general CV for them that will cover all their potential job requirements. This is not something I would recommend unless there is a substantial overlap in what the CV is being used for.
If you are in your penultimate year then you should be thinking about applying for summer internships and graduate positions to give you the best chance upon graduation. Competition is fierce and normal graduate recruitment windows are between September and January before you graduate.
Many people who have been on maternity/paternity leave, been unwell or have enjoyed a career break are worried how this gap of unemployment might be interpreted by a potential employer. A great way to do this is take on some volunteering activities.