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How to write a Legal Receptionist CV
In this guide we explain how to write a CV for a Legal Receptionist job application.
In this section, give your name, address, phone number and email address. It’s not necessary to provide any other personal information (unless it is somehow highly relevant to the job). For example, don’t give your marital status, age, family situation or race – doing so may open you up to the possibility of discrimination.
For the summary/objective section, set out briefly why you are suitable for the role, with reference to any specific experience or skills requested in the job advert. Many people use a simple formula when writing this section –
- Who you are
- How you meet the job specification
- What you are looking for
Although this section isn’t compulsory, it’s helpful to include it on your Legal Receptionist CV. Prospective employers will be looking for certain skills and adding this section helps them quickly confirm that you have what they need!
Study the job advert carefully before completing this section and highlight anything the employer has mentioned specifically. If there is little detail, review a Legal Receptionist job description for inspiration. Typical skills for this type of role include:
- Excellent administrative skills
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- Teamwork / ability to work well with others
- Excellent customer care
- The ability to work well under pressure
- The ability to make people feel at ease – visiting a law firm can be stressful
- The ability to defuse difficult situations – clients do sometimes complain when things don’t go as they hoped!
- Ability to use your initiative
- Good IT skills – knowledge of common software packages such as Microsoft Office
- Knowledge of legal terminology
Knowledge of Practice Management Systems can also be an advantage, as can fast audio and copy typing. Supervisory skills (such as managing the work of an Office Junior) are also a benefit. Not every Legal Receptionist role will include copy typing or supervisory responsibilities, but these additional skills can give you an advantage over other applicants.
Try to avoid simply making long lists of these skills without supporting them with some examples of how you have used them. For example, rather than simply listing that you’re able to work in a pressured environment, you could also mention that your current firm is a busy practice.
Detail your work history with the most recent position first. Look at the job advert and include examples of any matching responsibilities you currently have.
If you have experience in another unrelated position, provide details and pick out any transferable skills that you used. For example, if you previously worked in a non-legal Customer Service role, highlight the aspects of your role that a Legal Receptionist would also experience (e.g. customer care, administrative/organisational, using software, busy environment, handling difficult situations etc).
If you have little or no work experience, see our School Leaver’s CV example for details of how other types of experience can be used.
Legal Receptionists don’t need any specific qualifications, although a good standard of Maths and English is expected. If you have GCSEs or A Levels, it’s important to detail these specific subjects.
If you’re just entering the industry and don’t have any specific experience, check out CILEX’s range of qualifications, many of which can be studied remotely. These can provide a valuable foundation for working in a legal environment.
You don’t have to provide details of your hobbies and interests, but doing so can give prospective employers a better insight into the sort of person you are. A Legal Receptionist needs to be a good ‘people person’ and have great organisational skills with a high level of attention to detail. If you have interests that support the development of these skills, detailing them can be an advantage.
NB : This Legal Receptionist CV template was originally published in May 2015 and has been fully updated for 2021.