As 2019 fast approaches, is your new year’s resolution to tackle a new challenge in a fresh legal role?
In a recent survey we ran with jobseekers in the legal profession:
- 79% told us they will be looking for a new job in 2019
- 77% told us they will be looking for a new role in January 2019
- 30% told us they were considering looming for a new job because they are currently unemployed
- 34% told us they were unhappy in their current role because of a lack of opportunity to progress
- 77% told us they didn’t have a good enough work:life balance
- 44% told us they were bored and felt like they were stagnating in their role
New year, new career isn’t just a phrase. According to a survey by human resource firm Investors in People, over half of UK employees were set to look for a new job in the run up to 2019. One in four employees felt unhappy at work compared to one in three, who said they did at the same point last year.
Are you ready to start your job search in 2019? Below, we’ve included a few tips to get the ball rolling:
1. Update your CV
Update your CV with any new and relevant information – remember that you should always have a tailored CV every time you apply for a role (but it doesn’t hurt to have one master CV that contains everything, so that you can pick and choose when you so begin to tailor). . Using a generic CV could cost you a handful of interviews, so it’s important to make sure each one if specific to the company/job description. Here’s some more advice on how to create a standout CV.
2. Set up job alerts
By setting up numerous job alerts on our website, we can send relevant and recent jobs straight to your inbox, so you’ll see them first. This way, you can apply as soon as possible, ensuring you don’t miss out on any opportunities you find interesting. You can also tailor your alerts by job type, job category, salary and location. It’s a really simply way of making sure the right jobs are readily available to you.
3. Update your cover letter
Just like your CV, your cover letter should be tailored for each application you send. It should show the employer how your skills and experience match the requirements laid out in the job description. Be professional, addressing and formatting the letter correctly and show the recruiter why you’re the right person for the job. Make sure you don’t just copy your CV – remember that it’s quality rather than quantity that counts in a cover letter. Your cover letter should actually compliment your CV, and vice versa – so copying will only suggest to an employer that you couldn’t make the time to tailor each one.
5. Network on LinkedIn
Like your CV and cover letter, keep your LinkedIn updated too. This is an extremely valuable tool for jobseekers, so don’t let any opportunity slip by you. Show off your key skills and get endorsements from past managers and colleagues – the likelihood is employers will search for you if you apply for any available roles with them. LinkedIn is also a great networking tool. Make connections within the legal industry and get involved.
While you’re there, make sure to follow Simply Law Jobs for job highlights and the latest industry news.
6. See who’s hiring
Browse the A-Z of companies who are hiring on our website. Find the businesses and law firms you’d like work for and start applying for jobs as soon as you’re ready. You can even set up alerts for specific employers so you know as soon as the latest opportunity has been posted.
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