Application

Blog posts about applications for jobs and internships. For more information please visit the applications section of our website.

How to write a good application for a law firm

In this blog, Antonia George from Vinson & Elkins LLP discusses how to come across well in a written application, and addresses some of the key things law firms are looking for. Antonia started her training contract at Vinson & Elkins in 2016 and is currently in her first seat with the Complex Commercial Litigation department.
Selling yourself to law […]

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    Applying for a job in academia? You’ll need a specific type of CV

Applying for a job in academia? You’ll need a specific type of CV

PhD students and researchers wanting an academic career will need an informative and detailed CV, different from CVs in other sectors. Our advice is to draw on four areas of expertise which tend to meet the requirements of most academic job specifications:

Research – yes, that’s your PhD thesis, but it’s also: going to and presenting at conferences, […]

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17 November 2016|CVs, PhD|2 Comments|

CVs for career changers

Many of us will change career if not once, then many more times over the course of our working lives. But what does that mean for your CV, one of the most important elements in your job search toolkit? The challenge for any career changer is to show how your previous experience is relevant to your new role. The […]

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Informational interviewing – what to do and not to do

Guest blog by Kim Katz from Careers Insight:
When you approach the job market it is very helpful to speak to as many people as possible who are either in the industry and/or role you are targeting. Your CV improves as you gain valuable insight into what competencies to highlight; it shows other professionals your passion and commitment to the […]

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    Top tips for law firm training contract applications from an LSE alum

Top tips for law firm training contract applications from an LSE alum

Guest blog by LSE alumna Sam Shabbir (LLB, 2011-14), trainee at Hogan Lovells:

1. Focus on quality rather than quantity of applications
It’s very easy to fall into the trap of wanting to ‘cast your net’ to every law firm – but that’s not the right approach. Trying to apply to a large number of firms increases the likelihood of applicants […]

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    Top application and assessment centre tips from an LSE student

Top application and assessment centre tips from an LSE student

John, an international student in the Management Department, has had a lot of success at application stage and recently attended a number of assessment centres. Here he shares his insights into how to get through the different stages of the selection and recruitment processes and his top tips for success:

Application forms and psychometric tests

In applications use the full word count. If an answer […]

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How to promote yourself without sounding like everyone else

Guest blog by Jennifer Atkinson, Senior Consultant at Babel PR:
A little bit of personal PR never goes amiss when looking for a new job or career opportunity. In the saturated industry of recruitment and job hunting, particularly in a competitive city like London, simply having a degree and some work experience is no longer enough to set you apart […]

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Writing resumes for roles in North America

If you’re applying for roles in North America, chances are you’ll need to tailor your CV – or resume as it’s also known – to fit your audience, as there can be some significant differences between the UK or European models and those across the Atlantic.
One page or two?
Standard North American resumes are just one page long – anything […]

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