I’m making speculative applications and don’t know who to address the covering letter to – is it OK to use “Dear Sir/Madam”? Should I put my age and/or marital status on my CV? Firstly, yes, definitely do mention that you spoke to a representative from the fair and give the name of the event: it is good evidence to back up your interest in the firm, and that you have done your research. I’m a mature candidate with a substantial previous career: it’s hard to fit it on two sides of A4 – how important is it? The more you have to put on a CV, the harder it is to keep to the two page limit, but it is important to do so.
Should I mention in my covering letter that I spoke to someone from the firm at a law fair recently? I’m a mature candidate with a substantial previous career: it’s hard to fit it on two sides of A4 – how important is it? I’m making speculative applications and don’t know who to address the covering letter to – is it OK to use “Dear Sir/Madam”? It is advisable to use a specific name wherever possible. The only exception when you might want to consider doing so is if something elsewhere on your CV strongly suggests that you might need a work permit in order to take up a training contract, and this is not in fact the case. Should I mention in my covering letter that I spoke to someone from the firm at a law fair recently? A good tip for the future, is to write down the name of whoever you speak to at a law fair immediately after you have spoken (usually exhibitors wear name badges: if not, politely ask “that’s been very helpful thank you - may I take your name? You need to work out a way of cutting down the content without losing any of your key ‘selling points’ through addressing the content and/or the layout you have chosen.
Call the firm, explain that you’d like to send in your CV and what your interest is ie speculative application for a training contract, or for work experience, and ask who it would be best to address the letter to. If you are an accepted or current student at The University of Law, seek advice from a Careers Adviser: if you are an Alumni student, the email advice service is open to you.
The firms won’t always tell you so you may have no choice but to use “Dear Sir/Madam” – in which case, do remember to sign off “Yours faithfully” not “Yours sincerely”Q.
Preparing clients for appointments, depositions, and court appearances.
In the course of my work, I have regularly organised case exhibits and acted as a liaison between all parties of active cases.
I have had a number of years (can you say how many) experience in administration and providing support to my Managers and Directors and this role interested me greatly with the variety and the fact I have a keen interest in law.
I am experienced in general clerical work, running errands and collecting paperwork, keeping accurate records, dealing with queries and organising dates, appointments etc.
A desire to provide effective legal support is paramount to me and is shown in my career through a strong eight-year history as a certified paralegal.
Whilst my on-the-job experience has afforded me a well-rounded skill set, including first-rate resourcefulness and organisational abilities, I excel in the following areas: Performing thorough and efficient legal research. Drafting legal correspondence, managing client data, and handling court mailings.