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References- What you need to know.

When the words ‘offer subject to references’ are uttered it can strike fear into any risk adverse lawyer. Here are 9 things you need to know. References are usually conducted at the end of a process just before or just after an offer is made. The only exception to this, is when they are taken at start of a process if you aren’t currently working to bolster your chances of securing an interview Employers will likely want to speak to two people who have supervised you and will usually ask you to pick the most appropriate people. Employers will consider a Partner and a Senior Associate or a Partner and a Special Counsel. No one should contact your references without your expressed consent. I re

Your Cv can be what gets your foot in the door, or what slams it shut

Preparing your CV for a Move to Australia…10 things to think about. It is the first impression employers will have of you. If you are looking to secure a legal role in Australia, it is important that your CV not only represents you in the best possible light but also is in an appropriate format. Below are some tips to make your CV stand out for all the right reasons 1. Your CV is your own personal marketing document. The purpose of a CV is to get you an interview and the audience is both the hiring manager/Partner and the HR professional. Your CV needs to be written so it appeals to both audiences without legal experience (i.e HR and recruiters who don’t have a legal background) as well as

Counter Offers- What you need to ask yourself.

So you have just accepted a new role and during the resignation process you have been offered more money to stay. What should you do? First, it is worth remembering that hiring talent is a very expensive and time consuming process and in a candidate short market your current firm is likely to do whatever it takes to retain you and any talented employee. In a career spanning nearly 15 years I have seen all manner of tactics used to convince someone to stay, from Partners you wouldn't normally speak to (including the Managing Partner) coming out of the woodwork to tell you how much they appreciate you to Partners staging 3 hour meetings telling you all about why the organisation you are moving

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