Easy-to-edit and remove or add more sections, this CV template is highly versatile and suitable for a wide range of job roles. Designed with ATS software in mind, it has no graphics, tables, text boxes or other elements that may cause parsing problems.
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Jasper Donkin SOLICITOR
31, CHURCH STREET, ARNOLD, NOTTINGHAM NG5 8DE | 0115 9123456 | JASPER.DONKIN@AOL.COM
WWW.JASPERDONKIN.COM | TWITTER: JASPERDONKIN | LINKEDIN: JASPERDONKIN
SKYPE: JASPERDONKIN | INSTAGRAM: JASPERPHOTOGRAPHY
- 7 years of experience in legal practice (4 years PQE)
- LL.B (with 1st Class Honours) and LL.M (with Distinction)
- Regular contributor to legal publications (print and digital)
- Experience of supervising junior legal team
- An average 70% of all time I record is chargeable
- Competent at generating business through marketing to existing clients and cross-referrals
Solicitor : March 2016 – date | RILEY & CO SOLICITORS
In this role I handle the full spectrum of Private Client work including Wills, probate, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and trusts. I also supervise 3 junior lawyers who are working towards CILEX qualifications, assisting with their portfolios. I produce the majority of my correspondence and documentation personally.
Trainee Solicitor – Solicitor : January 2013 – February 2016 | JAMES & CO SOLICITORS
In this position I was initially a trainee before qualifying as a solicitor. I worked on challenging projects from the outset and was given a high level of responsibility. I rotated through four, six-month seats in different parts of the business, gaining both contentious and non-contentious experience. I then moved into the commercial department, acting for local and national developers, pension funds and venture capitalists as well as foreign investors on projects throughout the UK under supervision.
Paralegal : January 2012 – December 2012 | HOLLY & CO SOLICITORS
In this role I worked in the family department on cases including divorce and separation, child arrangements and social services, care proceedings, matrimonial finance and property, mediation, collaborative law, forced marriage and domestic abuse injunctions.
LPC / LL.M (Distinction) : 2011 | UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
The University of London gives LPC students the option of completing a dissertation to attain an LL.M. My chosen topic was the doctrine of cy-pres. I was awarded a distinction both for my dissertation module and LL.M LPC overall. I passed each of my modules first time, obtaining a distinction grade in every module.
LL.B (1st Class Honours) : 2009 | UNIVERSITY OF LONDON
A Levels : 2007 – 2009 | COLLEGE OF LONDON
English (A), Maths (A), Law (A), Biology (A)
I have written regularly for a variety of legal magazines and publications, both print media and digital. Some of my recent contributions include:
“Probate fee reform resurfaces”, Law Today, January 2019
“Niche marketing for Legal Businesses”, Law Weekly, September 2018
Hobbies and interests
I enjoy running and regularly take part in half marathons for charity. I also love going to the gym, cycling and hiking.
George O’Brian, Partner, Riley & Co Solicitors | 0115 123456 | email@example.com
Samantha Brown, Partner, James & Co Solicitors | 0115 345678 | firstname.lastname@example.org
A very clean, simple, one page CV template using the classic Times New Roman font. Also with centred alignment and simple ATS-friendly style elements.
Disclaimer: With so many different ATS packages, we cannot guarantee that our ATS-friendly CV and resume templates will pass through every system without issue. This applies to all websites offering CV and resume templates! However, we have designed these templates with best ATS design principles in mind.
Features to look out for when editing your one page CV:
With the growth in employers using ATS software, it’s worth keeping these design and writing principles in mind when putting together your CV or resume:
Analyse the job advert before writing your one page CV
Take care to include all the most significant keywords that the job advert mentions (assuming they apply to you). These might be specific experience, particular degrees, skills or qualifications that the recruiter considers to be essential. Use the exact keywords – adjusting your past job and degree titles to match those specified (assuming they basically mean the same thing).
Check for ATS
Typically, larger organisations (FTSE 200, Fortune 500 etc) use ATS software. Unless you’re content to submit an ATS-friendly choice, check with the HR department to see if such a system is in use. Otherwise you’ll be limited to ATS-friendly designs.
Ensure your one page CV is scannable
Always use the most common file format when applying to a large company that may use ATS. The standard file formats are doc or docx. Choosing anything else could mean you never make it through to the hiring manager.
Avoid fancy fonts
As you’re submitting in Word format, these will only display properly if the recipient has the font installed. Remember that a human will look at your CV if it passes the machine test.
Don’t confuse things
If you’ve ever converted a PDF to Microsoft Word before, you’ll know this problem all too well. Such documents are often designed initially with text boxes, columns, tables, graphics etc to create a highly attractive, professional document. However, when you convert back to Word, the formatting is often a complete mess. The software often doesn’t know where text in a text box should be and consequently this gets inserted randomly onto the page or ignored altogether. Text in headers and footers is often injected mid-sentence and pictures can randomly break up blocks of text. When a machine reads your CV (whether you submit in Word or PDF), the same problems arise. It cannot ‘know’ where to put these elements. It may even ignore them altogether. The best tactic is to use an ATS-friendly CV that presents your information without these elements.
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