Want to stand out when completing your application but don’t know where to get the best advice? We’ve got you covered! As part of the recruitment team at RPC, we’re here to give you the best insider hints and tips to ace your application and secure a role with us.
Top things to think about before your start typing:
Organisation is key
Plan your time in advance so you don’t miss the application deadline. Factor in the possibility of unforeseen time commitments or technical difficulties should you end up applying later than planned.
Get into the right headspace
Ensure you are in the right frame of mind to complete the application form – remember you don’t have to complete it all in one go, you can save it and come back another time with a fresh pair of eyes.
Know the firm inside out
Spend sufficient time researching the firm so you can articulate why it has caught your interest. Consider the firm’s practice areas, clients and culture. A great way to do this is by undertaking our virtual work experience programme during which you can complete typical trainee tasks and gain a broader understanding of our work.
Grow your network
Try to have conversations with RPC employees before you start completing the form to increase your understanding of the firm. This could be through attending careers events or by simply reaching out to someone on LinkedIn.
Key points you don’t want to miss when writing your application:
Take your time
Read the entire form first and think about the responses you are going to give. Ensure you read each question carefully so that your responses are directly relevant.
What sets you apart?
Be honest, and don’t be afraid to inject some personality into your application form. Think about how your values align with those of the firm.
Showcase your experiences
Include both legal and non-legal work experience as well as any virtual and unpaid experience, during which you have developed your knowledge and skill set. Use the work experience section to display the skills you have demonstrated that are transferrable to a career in law.
Have a keen eye for detail
Use the word limit for each question as guidance for how detailed your response should be. Check and double check spelling and grammar before pressing ‘send’ – perhaps ask someone who knows you well to have a look.
This isn’t something that comes naturally to everyone, but it’s important to highlight your achievements to stand out amongst other applicants.
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