CPD / CLE Presentation for Lawyers on enhancing their legal careers. Includes Career planning, sourcing opportunities, drafting CV / resume, interviewing tips.
Jason Elias, Elias recruitment, legal recruitment
"Enhancing your Legal Career" presented by Jason Elias, Perth, June 2013
Enhancing yourLegal CareerJason Elias, Director, Elias RecruitmentCollege of Law, Perth 13/6/13
Summary of Topics1. Setting career goals2. Managing your career3. Sourcing opportunities4. Applying for positions5. Preparing your Curriculum Vitae6. Interview preparation and skills7. Question and Answer Session
Career GoalsWhere do you want to be in…12 months2 years5 years10 years?
Managing your career• Develop a career plan• Setting milestones• Role of mentors/ coach• Building a profile• Developing technical skills• Enhancing soft skills• Continuing EducationMap out your plan but be prepared to adapt tocircumstances and seize opportunities
Legal OptionsWhat to do with your Law degree:• Lawyer in a firm/ ILP• Sole practitioner• Barrister• In-house Counsel• Community Legal Sector• Government
Lawyer’s Weekly Poll May 20131000 Lawyers surveyed- the main reason I ama lawyer is because…31% I love what I do and who I work with30% I want to leave and am waiting for the righttime to move23% it’s all I know16% the pay is good.
Career management• Balance between “job hopping” and gettingstale• Always have justifiable reasons for leaving• The Magic Two Years• Quitting before securing next role• Leaving on good terms/ burning bridges
Sourcing Opportunties• Active or passive sourcing• Reviewing job boards andwebsites• Building and promotingyour personal brand• Social Media esp LinkedIn• Developing relationships with stakeholders• Understanding the "hidden job market" egsecondments
Applying for positions• Appreciating the current market• Tailoring your application• Addressing the selection criteria• Responding to calls for action• Your Unique Selling Proposition• How have you MADE money, SAVED moneyor IMPROVED systems.
Preparing your CV- FormattingBiographical vs Skills based CVUse formal language and the first person.Check your spelling and then re-check yourspelling (don’t rely on US spellcheckers)
Gilding the LilyPromote yourself but be subtle and resisttemptation to “embellish”12% lied about qualifications,15% jobperformance,19% job descriptions,17%skills, 27% exaggerate current salary.
Preparing your CVContact DetailsRobin Banksrbanks@gmail.com0412 345 67812 Chandos StDianella WA
Contact Details• Photos are inappropriate• Email addresses should be professionalAvoid crazyrob@hotmail or hunkyguy23• Do not include your DOB• Do not include marital status or hints aboutyour sexual preference• Do not mention having kids or pregnancy• Do not include your religious or politicalaffiliations
CV- Education and Qualifications2010 Bachelor or Laws (UWA)(Distinction Average)2011 Grad Dip Leg Pract(College of Law)June 2011 Admitted to Supreme Ct of WA2012 Admitted to High Court of Australia
CV- Employment HistoryMay 2010 –Current Johnson Legal, PerthMay 2010-June 2011 (3 dpw), ParalegalJune 2011- Current, SolicitorDuties included:• Legal research on major Trade practices matter• Working closely with plaintiff clients• Briefing counsel and attending hearingsAchievements• Won staff award for client satisfaction
CV – Skills and MembershipsSkillsFluent in MandarinTyping speed 80 wpmMembershipsLaw Soc of WAConstruction Lawyers AssociationCollege of Law Alumni Association
CV – Hobbies and ReferencesHobbies and InterestsSwimming, hockey and Crime fictionRefereesAvailable upon request
CV Pitfalls• No potentially discriminatorymaterial eg DOB, maritalstatus, children, religion.• Include dates eg admissiondate (whichjurisdictions), months indates of employment• Explain gaps in youremployment eg parentalleave, travel to Europe, LLM
Interview Preparation and skills• Be prepared• Know who you will be meeting with(research their background)• Use insiders/contacts where appropriate• Work out where it is and plan your trip• Be early (10-15 mins)• Eat properly and brush your teeth• Dress and groom appropriately
Interview tips• Understand body language NB non-verbalimpression is critical• Firm handshake• Lots of eye-contact• Know your CV intimately• Prepare answers to common questions egTMAY or explaining gaps in CV