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The pros and cons to having your Conveyancing CV proofread
Having your Conveyancing CV proofread by someone else would sound like a sensible thing to do, right? If you’re unsure of whether or not your CV really needs to be checked before you apply, then you’ve come to the right place.
There are lots of reasons why having your CV checked over will increase your chances of success, but there are times when it could be the worst decision you’ve ever made.
To help you decide what to do, here are the pros and cons to having your CV proofread:
CV proofreading pros
Spelling and grammatical errors
Even if you’ve clicked the spell checking button in Microsoft Word, you could still have a few errors that haven’t been picked up. This can sometimes happen when you accidentally type a word that isn’t actually spelt incorrectly, so it isn’t picked up by your word processing spell checker.
In any case, they are not always going to be 100% accurate, and having someone read your CV with a keen eye is great to have that final check before you send it out.
Formatting and presentation
The overall look of your CV and how you’ve structured each section is going to have a huge impact on your chances of getting through to the interview stage. Asking someone else for their opinion on the presentation of your CV is a great way to ensure it passes the ‘easy on the eye’ test.
Maybe you’ve used too much or too little colour, or maybe you’ve missed out an important section or made an error with your contact details – any advice on how your CV looks will give you some reassurance before you send it off.
If you are fortunate enough to be able to find someone who has a lot of experience with reading CVs, hiring and firing, interviews and so on – then you are in a great position to take advantage of their knowledge and expertise. With their expert advice, you should be able to make a few adjustments to your CV and ensure your chances of success have been greatly increased.
CV proofreading cons
Could make things worse
Having someone else proofread your CV and offer advice can sometimes backfire – if you pick the wrong person. Don’t just ask your best mate who has probably only ever written and read their own CV, as they just won’t have the skills to provide you with the right advice. Sure, they may be able to help you spot any minor mistakes, but when it comes down to finding out how well your CV sells your talents, you should always ask someone with managerial experience.
Makes you doubt yourself
Having someone check over your CV can feel a little like you’re being tested and if the advice that’s being offered comes across a little strong and negative, you may decide the next step is to throw it in the bin.
In some cases it could be that your CV was really terrible in the first place, and does need a complete re-write. But that might not be the case, and any negative feedback could make you feel uneasy and unsure of your own abilities to write a great CV.
In conclusion, the pros of having your CV checked by a professional person far outweigh the cons – don’t let silly little errors cost you that all important job interview!
Bonus tip: If you’re a Chartered Legal Executive (like our example CV) and plan to qualify as a solicitor, it is helpful to employers if you mention this in your covering letter. Set out exactly what steps you need to take to qualify and the timescale for completing these. For example:
“As a Chartered Legal Executive I am exempt from the requirement of a training contract and just need to complete the core elements of the PSC to qualify as a solicitor. I will be attending this training next month and therefore hope to be admitted before the end of the year.”