CV Tips

Trust the Experts

Douglas Scott are Legal Recruitment experts. We qualify and process 1000’s of CV’s and applications a year. We have 100’s of conversations with decision makers every week. Even if you are targeting a single role, speaking to one of our consultants should improve your chances of securing that job.

Our clients tell us what they want to see in an individual recruit, they flag up what has worked for them in the past; what has not worked; expand on detail provided in a job advert and maybe identify characteristics that would not be a match for the culture of the department or firm. Without that inside information, our applicants could be missing out vital detail from their CV or failing to emphasise strengths that will keep their CV at the top of the pile in the face of intense competition.

Follow the guidance below and use our template to put together a cracking CV.

Some basics

  • Aim for 2 pages and no more than 3.
  • Remember, the legal profession demands clarity so make your CV easy to read.
  • Arial 11 is a recognised, standard font and it works.
  • No tables and do not over format generally.
  • No pictures.
  • If your email address is unprofessional, suggestive or juvenile get a new one.
  • Avoid postal applications because like it or not they can be associated with a lack of computer literacy.
  • Leave off your date of birth.

First Page

On that first page we want to see your name, job title, specialism(s), current location and where you are looking to work, current salary plus any bonus, basic salary expectation. List your Academics, Qualifications and Professional Accreditations chronologically with most recent first. Name your places of education but leave off dates. Do provide dates of any professional qualifications and accreditations. Finally include a Personal Profile, your elevator pitch and an opportunity to put some personality on the page.

Second page

Your career history. Starting with the most recent job first, on the first line state the firm's name and location. On the second line pop your job title and the dates you were employed in the role(s).

Now produce at least 10 bullet points for each job. Tell us about your working environment: do you work as part of a team; are you autonomous; do you supervise; who do you report to? Include your key responsibilities and duties in a logical, flowing style. Fee Earners should provide details of size of caseload, make up of caseload, client base, any targets worked to and achieved.  Tell us about any promotion or extra duties you were entrusted with, demonstrate any specific positive impact that you had whilst you were in the role. Provide details of any large fees you generated or particularly complex and challenging projects you delivered on. Finally note any instances where you generated new work or referral through marketing activity or business development.

List any case management software packages that you are familiar with and also any software packages you use that would be relevant to the job.

Let the reader know about interests that emphasise your commitment to the achievement of goals and objectives, demonstrate team working and / or leadership skills. We like Duke of Edinburgh, sporting achievements at regional or national level and charity work.

At the foot of the final page include all the ways you are happy to be contacted.

Also in this section

Interview Tips
The three Ps

City Guides
Get the info on global relocation

Data driven graphics

Our Policies
A variety of useful documents