Practice CV Writing | Tips and Template

Kathryn Swan 10.10.2012

Writing your CV

Putting a CV together is quite often one of the things that can delay someone in starting their search for a new role. If you agree, and are possibly in this situation at the moment, we hope this will help.
Keep it simple
The first piece of advice we would give is to keep it simple. Don’t worry about fancy formatting, colours or pictures on a CV – it is the content that is important.
Key facts to include
Prospective practice employers are looking for key facts on a CV that are relevant. These include:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Locations you will work in
  • Contact details – phone and email
  • Education details including years, levels, subjects and grades
  • Professional qualifications including the years you became a member and whether you had any exam retakes
Work experience
When it comes to putting your work experience together, list it in reverse chronological order so that your most recent or current role is the first that will be read. Include your job title, your employer’s full name (for smaller firms it’s a good idea to include how many partners are at the firm – you may think of your firm as well-known but others may not be aware of them) and the date you started and finished the role.
When it comes to responsibilities, bullet points are the easiest format to read. Detail the mix of work that you do, along with the clients you work with (see our other article for more information on this). Include the details of the most senior responsibilities that you carry out, as these are likely to be the type of things you will be looking to do in your next role, rather than the more junior duties that you may wish to move away from.
Attention to detail
Always check over your CV for any spelling mistakes, gaps or errors, as these will be noticed. Attention to detail is a key skill for any employer in practice and errors on a CV could send the message to the client that you do not have this skill.
I have included a sample CV as a guide for people who are putting their CV together for the first time since joining the practice industry.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
Download the Practice CV Template.doc [124.5KB]
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