We recently ran a survey where we asked professionals in the legal industry what aspects of their job search they found most frustrating.
We surveyed over 200 jobseekers on Simply Law Jobs. Here’s what they told us about their job search:
What do you find the most frustrating about searching for jobs?
45% of legal professionals said that not hearing back from an employer about a job was the most frustrating aspect when searching for jobs.
After this, 16% said applying for jobs online, which could be due to a result of issues with company websites etc.
13% said the waiting period between completing an interview, while 11% said creating a CV was frustrating.
8% said preparing for an interview was the most frustrating, and finally, 7% said that a poor recruitment process.
What is the most frustrating part about writing a CV?
32% of legal professionals said that the most frustrating part about writing a CV is the time it takes to do it – this was quite an interesting statistic for us, as over the last year, we have seen an influx of interest surrounding CV based content.
21% said that writing their personal summary was frustrating, while another 21% of legal professionals said formatting was an issue for them.
15% said writing about their experience was frustrating, while 7% said writing about their skills was more exasperating.
4% said writing about their education.
What is the most frustrating question you’ve ever been asked in an interview?
This was an open text question – we’ve picked out a few of the more popular responses below:
- Why do you want to work here?
- Give an example of how you dealt with a difficult situation
- Give an example of a task you did really well
- Why do you want to work here?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Will you stay with us for the foreseeable future?
- Do you have anything you would like to ask us?
- Salary expectations
- Have you had a bad relationship with a manager?
What is the most frustrating part of applying for jobs online?
21% of those surveyed said that a job advert without a salary band was particularly frustrating. In a previous survey we ran, 50% of over 300 jobseekers in the legal industry also told us that they would not apply for a job if it didn’t display a salary band.
18% said a huge list of minimum requirements, while another 18% said not having enough information about a job role was frustrating.
18% also said ‘other’.
15% found that job adverts placing a huge emphasis on past experience was exasperating, while 5% said spelling errors/grammatical errors.
5% also told us that a lack of information regarding the company was frustrating.
Want a job advert that really converts? Look at our key points for an attractive job advert here.
Looking to post a job advert? Simply click below:
An efficient, ambitious legal secretary is at the heart of any successful legal team. Today, legal secretaries are required to have top IT skills to adapt to the hi-tech transformation some firms have evolved into. But what is it that legal secretaries are...
Simply Law Jobs has released its latest annual report, and are happy to reveal the top 10 highest paying legal jobs in 2019.We have collected data from jobs posted in 2019 by recruiters, to identify the average salary for specific roles within the legal industry.The...
Simply Law Jobs is proud to reveal our latest annual report.The report, which we published for the first time last year, covers data collected around jobseekers in the legal industry from our website in 2018-19, and was created to guide hiring managers with their...
Law firms often talk about a war for talent. Michael McGaw, a director at legal recruitment consultancy Nelson Chambers, discusses some of the ways firms can attract the right candidates.
MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, the Rt Hon David Gauke, and President of The Law Society and Chair, Technology and the Law Commission, Christina Blacklaws, will open the Artificial Intelligence in Legal Services Summit, which is being held...
Recruiting for top talent in the legal industry is tedious and stressful - with so much competition out there for quality candidates, recruiting can take up a large portion of your day - and cost you a lot of money if not done correctly.Are you ready to...