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What’s your career backstory?

You (like any decent protagonist) need to have a backstory. It has to be genuine and interesting. Why? Because you're going to need it to illustrate your motivation for law. You're going to use it in all of your cover letters, and every time someone asks you 'why law?' So it has to be good. … Continue reading What’s your career backstory?

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What is a ‘rolling basis’ and why do I care?

Recruiters probably think this phrase is self-explanatory. But, I can remember a time when I didn’t know what it meant, and I had no idea of its significance. So let’s just run through it because it is really really really important you get it. What does it mean? Imagine two firms, Firm A and Firm … Continue reading What is a ‘rolling basis’ and why do I care?

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‘Why law? Why this firm?’

As Shrek said, I am like an onion. I have many different layers. This is how I think about  my motivation. At the very centre of me, there is a tiny bit of onion. It was there long before the rest of the layers were added. This is my first bit of motivation towards my … Continue reading ‘Why law? Why this firm?’

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Tell me about a time when you ….

Competencies. When I wrote the LinkedIn post that inspired this blog, I was fairly sure most of the questions I would get would be on commercial awareness. Oh boy, was I wrong! Almost everyone asked me about competencies. So I’m going to write this post as though I was talking to myself 4 years ago, … Continue reading Tell me about a time when you ….

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How to use firm research in your application (like a pro)

You've polished your competencies and your examples are excellent (if you do say so yourself)....but what now? Now you need to link those examples to the fabulous research you have done. But what if you're answering a competency question- surely you don't need firm research here? WRONG. You need to put outstanding research in every … Continue reading How to use firm research in your application (like a pro)