The second half of year is always peak period for job applications at law firms. At various times during this period, we will receive applications from local or overseas graduates, as well as those who have passed their CLP or UK Bar exams. Whenever this time of year comes around, I’m always shocked at some of the appalling job applications that I see — and it’s not just me, many fellow employers or recruitment partners share horror stories and regularly ask “how on earth did this person pass law school?”
For the benefit of current applicants, here are 3 ridiculous errors that you really shouldn’t be making:
It’s the season for law firm internships — the June to August ‘summer break’ for many law schools. A few years ago, a law graduate who had one or two internships on her CV would stand out. These days, internships are the norm, and a graduate who does not have any work experience is an anomaly.
An internship should be a very intense period of learning, with most interns only willing to commit a one-month period (I recommend at least two months for the best experience) to each internship — because they want holiday time, or to do more than one internship. One month can really fly by, and if you’re not intentional about squeezing the most out of that time, it will be over before you know it.
Here are 7 quick tips on how you can make the most of your law firm internship.
Sometimes, you need to ignore what the world tells you.
The world — family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and people you may never speak to more than once — often have good intentions, but most of them speak the language of conformity.
Of the known.
Of their knowns.
Often, to the world, the best path is the path they themselves took. As if life was that simple, that dull — everyone taking the same path.
I will be speaking at Wisma HELP on 1 December at the Office Parrots Career Kickstarter Bootcamp. This is only open to HELP University students. Will be speaking with my friend and former colleague, Jeff Cheong, of Kaodim.
I am looking forward to sharing my experience and perspective as an employer reading through applications from law graduates and interviewing them.
What will grab an employer’s attention in the first few seconds of reading a cover letter or CV? What makes an employer want to call an applicant in for an interview? How do you prepare for the interview?
After the event, I will share on themalaysianlawyer.com some of my thoughts and tips as well.