Incidentally, this is related to the following question: If I qualify for my second-choice practice, can I switch to my first choice at a later date? It is also a very difficult problem to break. Strictly speaking, moving from one practice area to another after qualification is extremely difficult. Having said that, I know a handful of employees who have done so. So, if you are in this situation, I recommend asking your current company what are the chances that you will change departments and what kind of schedule to follow? Over the years, I have received many excellent longer resumes. Provided you don`t overdo it and your resume communicates your relevant experience and skills clearly and concisely, length doesn`t matter. So if you have the choice to stay or go, which route should you take? I get this question most often asked by Final Seat interns and unfortunately the answer is not so simple. What works for a candidate can lead to failure for colleagues along the hallway. One thing I do know, however, is that in the absence of obvious push factors, every step you take, especially as an NQ, should improve your resume. For example, switching to a company with a better reputation is generally considered positive, as long as you stay in place for a while, as the quickest way to tarnish your resume is to switch from one role to another too often.
Unlike private practice, in-house legal departments typically use a smaller number of agencies or only one. This means that if you are looking for an internal opportunity, you may benefit from contacting multiple recruitment agencies. At this point, many companies have already completed their internal QN processes. This means that jobs have been vacated to interns, applications submitted, interviews conducted and offers made: accepted or rejected. These companies already know where the gaps are at the NQ level, so they are already posting vacancies in recruitment agencies. Some companies usually complete this process between early and mid-June; Others might let you hang until August! For example, the salary of an NQ retirement position with an international Level 1 firm may be different from what a lawyer in a medium-sized firm might earn working in the Protection Court. The salaries of NQs in different teams within the same company may also vary. This will probably have been instilled in you over the years by teachers, guidance counselors, and speakers. At this important stage of your career, don`t limit yourself to two pages by overediting your resume if it means omitting important information about your apprenticeship contract, other current legal work experiences, or anything else that really sets you apart. If you delay looking for external NQ positions until your company confirms they can`t keep you, or after you`ve been offered a position in your second-preference department, it may be too late for too little. On the other hand, and on a more positive note, if the company in which you train does not meet all your future needs and expectations, then of course you can innovate. The purpose of your CV is to describe your legal professional experience and to arouse the interest of your future employer.
When applying for an NQ position, for example in sports or environmental law, you don`t have to express too much enthusiasm for your favorite sports team or your passion for recycling if it reduces the impact of what you have to say on important aspects of your early legal career. My advice is not to register with multiple agencies or submit unsolicited requests. A piecemeal approach won`t help your job search much, as duplicate applications will make a bad impression on the companies you`re trying to impress. It is important that you apply in time for live positions where you can be sure that your application will be duly considered. This is not the time to panic, publish your resume on the Internet and call all the recruitment agencies in the city. Stay calm and don`t let agencies force you to make requests with little thought or strategy. Wait until the correct roles are released so that the applications you create are refreshed and not disrupted by previous (incorrect) approaches. So if you`re approaching qualification and you`re not sure if there will be a job that will suit you at the end, or if you want to take advantage of this pivotal moment in your career and move to a bigger company or one with a better offer or reputation, what should you do? This usually means compromising on the size of your business, your preferred practice or location, or moving.