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Features

We regularly publish Features designed to increase your knowledge of the recruitment process or of the legal profession as a whole. Some are produced in-house, while others are written by experts from firms, chambers, universities and other organisations within the legal community. Topics range from application and interview tips to best law fair freebies. Don’t forget to comment by signing into MyLC.N.

29/07/2014

No sweat: interviews made easy

The good news is you've been invited to a training contract interview. The bad news is... you've been invited to a training contract interview! Don't panic. This article explores what you should be doing in preparation and how best to present yourself on the day.

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22/07/2014

Assessment centres: what’s all the fuss about?

Assessment centres are an increasingly common part of the recruitment process for law firms, offering as they do the chance to see candidates in the round. Oliver Savill, director of AssessmentDay, offers his advice on what to expect and how to impress.

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15/07/2014

LC.N's guide to formal writing

According to recruiters, too many applications are let down by sloppy writing skills. Read on for a quick crash course in the precise parlance of formal application writing.

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08/07/2014

FAQ: online application forms

Should I use my Hotmail, Gmail or an academic email address when giving contact details? How strictly are deadlines enforced? Are there any ways of saving myself some time? Apply4Law's Nadine Rankin-Plant has the answers!

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17/06/2014

Application master class

Come training contract application season, do you want to be drowning in a sea of ill-judged, clumsily worded applications? Or would you rather be creating and submitting carefully planned and credible training contract applications? Read on for detailed advice on how to approach the process and edge ever closer to success.

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16/06/2014

Networking: a how-to guide

Making contacts and forming strategic relationships is helpful to your career at any stage, from student to partner level. Nevertheless, networking can be a daunting prospect for the novice. Read on to find out how to hone your skills and make the most of these opportunities. Go forth and network!

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Are you commercially aware?

We've said it before and, oh look, here we are saying it again. Commercial awareness is one of the key skills that law firms look for in future trainees and thus, if you are to succeed, you will need to develop this particular area of your brain. 

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Experience required

When law firms are battling to retain staff and stay profitable, taking in handfuls of eager would-be lawyers on work experience is not always top of the agenda. To get a look in, you need to think creatively - Angela Smith, careers manager at The University of Law York, shows you how!

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10/06/2014

Insight into: overseas secondments

An overseas secondment is a great opportunity to take on more responsibility, build contacts, develop a greater appreciation of the cross-border nature of commercial law and – of course – experience living in another country. The benefits of going on secondment as a trainee often have a lasting effect, standing those who do in good stead in a variety of ways as their careers progress.  

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03/06/2014

Do you have the key skills every recruiter wants?

There are a handful of core competencies that the majority of firms/chambers want to see in their recruits. Here we detail (in a light-hearted way) how to identify if you've got them and, if so, how to provide evidence of their existence. Read on for a review of the attributes you'll need to succeed.

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