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Alex R.
United Kingdom

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Chambers and Partners
United Kingdom
Journalism and publishing
Medium-size business (50-249 employees)

About the job

What I do

I work for a company that ranks and researches law firms. Specifically I work in the Student Team which mainly reviews the training contracts provided by solicitors firms and pupillages by barristers chambers in the UK. As well as the junior associate programmes of US law firms.

My day is typically spent interviewing trainee solicitors, working out the pros and cons of being a trainee at their respective firm and then writing a semi humorous feature on the programme.

Skills I use and how I developed them

Keeping things short.

1) How to interview somebody.
2) Building rapport quickly to get them to open up.
3) Extracting common themes out of what dozens of interviewees say, condensing their accounts into a factual narrative.
4) Juggling interviewing, writing and background research with multiple deadlines

What I like most

It's pretty interesting getting to learn about the often large but difficult to discern differences between law firms and their training programmes. The differences can be huge but not immediately obvious.

What I like least

When dealing with a large firm its very easy to spend 2 days interviewing trainees straight. By the time you reach the end it's hard for the interviews to not start blurring together.

What surprised me most

Law firms are often very similar to one another in ways you may think they are significantly different. They are also significantly different in ways you may think they are very much alike.

Finding and applying for the job

How I looked for work

I had considered going into law and so was aware of Chambers and Partners, having used their guides when searching for a training contract. I decided after finishing university to look and see if they were hiring. They were so I applied for the job and got in.

How I found out about the job

Employer's website

The recruitment process

The traditional CV and Cover Letter, followed by an interview, a logical reasoning test, a psychometric test and two writing tests.

My advice to students

My advice to students considering work

Applying for internships, volunteering opportunities and graduate jobs can be excruciating. I can't say I really enjoyed job hunting much and writing your first CV/Cover Letter can feel like you are unjustifiably bragging. Do keep in mind that most experiences are useful, something as simple as bar work involves working under pressure, time management, attention to detail. Traits that often come up as requirements in job descriptions. Don't undersell yourself,

Also when it comes to writing your CV and Cover Letter, the point is to show that your skills and experience match the job requirements. Run through each requirement and make sure that in both your CV and Cover Letter you have clearly giving examples of how you have demonstrated each requirement.

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