Legal Secretary Vacancies April 2020

Here is a selection of vacancies from our Legal Secretary Jobs Board this month:

Receptionist/Admin Support – David Conway & Co

Location: London

Salary: Negotiable

David Conway & Co is a successful niche west end law firm. They are seeking a full time employee to fill a new role, to take primary responsibility for “front of house” and a number of administration tasks that are currently spread across the office, as well as assisting with secretarial work from time to time.

View the full job description here:   

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/170373/

Receptionist/Junior Legal Secretary – Harcus Parker Limited

Location: London

Salary: £22,360-£25,000

Harcus Parker is a law firm which specialises in commercial and group litigation.   It is based in central London. It is currently expanding and needs to hire a receptionist/junior secretary to support the business.

View the full job description here:           

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/172098/

How to Start Your CV in Seven Easy Steps

Knowing how to start your CV is bound to set you apart from the rest.

There it is – the job opportunity you’ve been waiting for. The criteria reflect your experience; the responsibilities excite you and the benefits are just the cherry on top.

There’s just one problem: your CV hasn’t been updated in quite some time and could certainly do with a rewrite. If recruiters spend an average of six seconds looking at a CV before deciding whether to read on or skip to the next one, first impressions are paramount to your success. Faced with an empty template, there’s a good chance you’re wondering how to start your CV. Fortunately, we’ve broken the process up into seven easy steps you can follow to create a winning professional resumé:

1.    Pick a simple format

With the number of tools available online these days, it’s easy to get lost in the design of your CV before you’ve even considered content. The template you choose should be clean and free of clutter; it should direct the reader to the important information within. If you’re starting from scratch, add in the relevant headers as follows:

  • Name and contact details
  • Personal profile
  • Work experience
  • Education
  • Skills
  • Additional sections

 

Everything You Need to Know About Writing a Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement can certainly be tough, but this easy how-to should help.

It’s the first thing a prospective employer will read when they open your CV – for that reason, it’s also the first thing many ambitious job hunters struggle with when making their application.

On the surface, the task of writing a summary of your value as an employee seems straightforward: it’s only a few lines, after all. Yet, considering the competition in the market and the fact that even one spelling or grammar mistake can cause your resumé to be discarded, there’s a lot resting on the profile section of your CV.

When it comes to writing your personal statement, there are certain do’s and don’ts – the last thing you want is to give a hiring manager a good reason not to read on. This in mind, we’ve put together the following tips to ensure prospective employers take notice of your application.

Stick to a simple structure

Building Credibility as an Assistant

Credibility, the quality of being trusted and believed in. One of the most valuable and buildable assets that all Assistants must treat as pivotal to their professional success.

While it is essential to embark on your own journey of continuous professional development, it is important to remember one thing; credibility cannot be learnt in a classroom or over night. Credibility in the workplace is an essential professional asset developed and utilised by the most successful people in the office. Combining a strong set of hard skills with a robust set of soft skills, your level of credibility ultimately defines you as either simply proficient or as a bona fide A-game Assistant. 

Your level of credibility is important in every aspect of your professional life and can be the difference between advancing in your career or not. So how do you develop your credibility and how long will it take? Think of it as the best friend of trust. Trust takes times and consistency to develop yet once achieved, it allows your team and boss to work alongside you easier, more efficiently and banishes the need for micromanagement. In short, trust and credibility are the main factors in the positive development of your relationships at work and the influence you have on your boss and team.

Staying Productive and Healthy When Working from Home

ILSPA has put together some guidance to help you adapt to the current situation you might be in. If you are working from home, you will find some suggestions on how to work effectively during this time.

Staying Productive

As this may be the first time that you have had to schedule your working day from home, start with getting ready for the day like you would if you were going into the office. Set a morning routine of getting dressed, making your breakfast at a set time and doing whatever else you need to do to be ready for the day ahead.

Structure your day like you would normally, as it will help you stay on track. With all the recent changes, it is easy to think that it will not matter when you complete certain tasks, but sticking to a set routine can help you get your work done and not fall behind. To stay on schedule, create reminders in your calendar and make to-do lists.

If you have never worked from home before – but always in an office or other type of environment – then you may not have a set workspace. The key is to try to separate your work space from your home space. Make sure that it is peaceful and quiet. The idea behind this is to make it easier for you to avoid distractions and stay in work mode.

Building Confidence in the Workplace

Confidence in the workplace is a combination of what you know, what you’re willing to learn, and your own internal belief. Focus on developing yourself in all three areas and you will be well on your way to feeling and acting as the confident and dependable professional you know you are. Do it correctly and it can lead to promotions, salary increases, access to new projects, and a better work/life balance.

So how do you do you build your confidence in the workplace? Take a look at our six tips to get you on the right track.

SELF DEVELOPMENT

You can never stop learning regardless of your age, seniority or level within an organisation and there is always the ability for further personal and professional development. Investing in yourself and developing new skills will not only will enhance your job performance but can provide a huge boost to your confidence.

Top Skills for PAs in 2020

Ten years ago, the role of a personal assistant was heavily centred around administrative skills – typing, minute taking, diary management and so on. Now, as we enter a new decade, it is safe to say that the role of the PA has evolved along with technology and a shift in working practices.

Today, the duties of a Personal Assistant stretch far beyond admin – they are now taking on more and more responsibility in the lives of their bosses, clients and the companies they work for.

The role of a modern PA is constantly changing, and no one knows it better than PAs themselves. In this article, we highlight some key skills and top tips that will help you excel as a PA in 2020.

Project Management

Taking responsibility for projects is a great way to show that you can bring more to the table in your PA role. Offering to manage a project that would otherwise be the responsibility of your boss or team can contribute to overall efficiency whilst boosting your own skillset. Projects could take the form of anything from employee engagement, design and implementation of business support processes or event management. Whilst putting your time management and organisation skills to the test, you will also develop a commercial awareness that is essential if you ever want to become an EA.

Performing Legal Research

This month, we will consider how you can go about conducting your own legal research and the approach taken by some lawyers for this common legal task.

Where to research the law

There are two main categories of materials you can consider when researching a legal question:

1. Primary sources of the law

2. Secondary sources

In England and Wales, primary sources of law can be found in Acts of Parliament, Statutory Instruments and case law. Usually when a lawyer is carrying out research of primary law, the starting point is to consider any Acts which apply. One way to look at an Act of Parliament is that it provides a broad statement of what the law is. Because Acts of Parliament deal with the law in broad strokes, they are often supplemented with additional regulations that are usually created by Statutory Instruments.

What Are Case Management Systems?

Legal case management systems (CMS) are software programs that are designed to help lawyers and law firms manage their cases. They provide the firm with one central location to store and track all client data. This includes things such as contact information, case notes and documents, appointment scheduling and history, client communications, and billing.

If you are a Legal Secretary working in a law firm, you may find a large part of your work is associated with one of these programs. Programs will differ from firm to firm depending on the company’s specific needs, so rarely are two programs exactly the same, although there will be similarities.

In this article we talk about the uses and benefits of case management programs, with the aim to help new Legal Secretaries understand them better.

One of the main uses for a CMS is organisation. Legal cases can stretch on for a long time and will often create a large amount of paperwork. Having a central program where you can have easy access to all the details, case notes and documents is essential for the smooth running of the case.

Legal Secretary Vacancies March 2020

Here is a selection of vacancies from our Legal Secretary Jobs Board this month:

Team Secretary – Sherrards

Location: St Albans

Salary: Up to £28,000

Sherrards are looking for a full-time Property Team Secretary to join the team in their St Albans office.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a collaborative team, supporting Partners and Heads of Departments.

View the full job description here:          

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/171257/

Legal Secretary Immigration – David T Wade & Co 

Location: London

Salary: £18,000

David T Wade and Co are looking for a Legal Secretary in Immigration to review case files of clients and their needs.

View the full job description here:          

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/170672/

Legal Secretary – Forest Corporate Ltd

Location: London

Salary: £25,000 plus depending on experience

A vibrant law firm, based in West Kensington is seeking an experienced Litigation Legal Secretary to join them on a permanent basis.