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Traineeships: Tips for your application form

Published: 03 December 2020
Time to read: 2 mins

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• Make your application clear and simple to read. We don’t want to guess your story – tell us!
• We want to know WHY you wish to work for Gillespie Macandrew – do your research.
• Please don’t copy and paste the same information to every firm, tailor your application to us.
• An obvious but surprisingly common pitfall – proof read your application for spelling mistakes! Can a family member or friend assist?
• Include your exam results in full. You may be asked for proof of qualifications later.
• We want to know of any relevant work experience and how your skills may be transferable to a law firm. A term time job in customer service may have taught you more valuable communication skills than one week of work experience in an office.
• If you do not have any work experience, don’t worry. Include details of any clubs, societies, volunteering experiences or personal pursuits that may reflect your unique skill set.
• Be self-aware and know your own strengths and weaknesses. Try an online personality self-assessment, this may be valuable when it comes to the interview process.
• Be open to exploring different areas of law. Legal work in practice can be very different to what you learn in your studies.
• Use the resources of your college or university Careers Service. They can provide invaluable support at this time.

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