How to Answer “Tell me About Yourself”

Simple queries can occasionally lead to embarrassing situations if one is not adequately prepared for them. The interview question “Tell me about yourself”, for example, should be a no-brainer. However, this typical interview question continues to baffle candidates of all levels of expertise. It may be claimed that this is partly due to the open-ended nature of the question, as it is not immediately clear if the interviewer is seeking a brief biography, a full CV or a combination of the two. These concerns, like those associated with any difficult interview topic, can be addressed with appropriate preparation and understanding of the interviewer’s rationale for asking the question.

What does the interviewer want to know?

How to Include Bullet Points in Your CV

What is a CV? CV is short for curriculum vitae, which is a Latin term meaning course of (one’s) life; it is a summary of a person’s career, education and qualifications in written form. A CV is also referred to as a résumé (French word) at times, but there is a difference. Résumés are usually single-page summaries of your work experience and background information, whereas a CV is usually longer and more comprehensive.

CVs include all the past experiences of a professional worker along with information about the educational background of the person. A CV is what anyone presents when showing up for a job interview; however, résumés are also accepted. Now we return to the question at hand, and that is whether bullet points in a CV can help it look better and more presentable.

Q&A with Aaron Bailey: Legal PA of the Year Finalist

Last year, SecsintheCity caught up with Legal PA Aaron Bailey, one of the PA of the Year finalists in 2021. In this Q&A you can find out about Aaron’s journey to becoming a Legal PA, the incredible work he has done for the LGBTQIA+ community and his experience of being a finalist at the SecsintheCity PA of the Year Awards.

How did you become a Legal PA?

What is Temping & How do Temp Agencies Work?

Temping is short-term work done by a candidate who is employed through a recruitment agency, is on their payroll and is paid hourly for the work they provide. As a temp candidate, you are not committed to provide notice, and a client can also end the assignment at any time, so there is a huge amount of flexibility for both parties. A temporary candidate is often sourced at the last minute to cover a period of absence, sickness or leave and can be used to assist in a wide variety roles and levels.

In this article we explore what temping is, how temp agencies work and what the benefits of temping are for both a candidate and a client.

What is a temp job?

Legal Secretary Vacancies September 2022

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

Legal Secretary – Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Location: Worcester

Salary: £20,000-£25,000

We are currently looking for a proactive, highly organised, service focused individual to fulfil a crucial role in our support staff within our Private Client Team. The Private Client team is a key part of the business and acts for many clients

Based in Worcester and reporting to the Legal Support Manager you will provide in-depth business support to the Partners and fee earners within the team.

View the full job description here:           

ILSPA’s New Partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University

The Institute of Legal Secretaries and PAs is delighted to announce its partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University. The University has developed a new degree programme in Business Law and Management, which has been successfully accredited by ILSPA. The University’s aim is to bring awareness to the alternative roles which can be secured in the legal profession, such as Paralegal, Legal Secretary and Licensed Conveyancer, rather than the traditional roles of a Solicitor or Barrister. Cardiff School of Management at Cardiff Met has a great mantra - 'Get Competent, Get Qualified, Get Hired’, which mirrors ILSPA’s ethos.

Legal Secretary Vacancies August 2022

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

Legal Secretary – LF Legal Limited

Location: Central London

Salary: from £25,000

This dynamic, forward-thinking firm based in Central London firm is looking to recruit a Legal Secretary with a good level of legal secretarial experience who is able to assist in file opening and closing, admin, drafting documents, billing, client and third party contact, and general secretarial work.

View the full job description here:           

https://www.institutelegalsecretaries.com/jobs/candidate/job/206777/

Secretary – De Pinna Notaries

Location: London

How to Answer “What is your greatest strength?”

You have to be smart and on top of your game when you're about to answer interview questions. When asked a tricky question, you need to be able to answer confidently with something that not only appeals to the interviewers but stays relevant to you and your professional skills.

One of the most common job interview questions is “What is your greatest strength?”.

This question can be difficult to answer because you want to make sure that you are highlighting your strengths in a way that is relevant to the job you are interviewing for. In this blog post, we will discuss how to answer this question and provide some tips on how to stand out from the competition.

How to Get an Admin Job with Zero Experience

An administrative role is a key part of any business. From dealing with office logistics to planning meetings and communicating with all levels of employees, getting your foot in the door can provide a stepping stone to a world of exciting opportunities. These entry-level positions are a great way to build a career. If you’re searching for the perfect entry-level admin role, here we reveal how to get a job in administration with no experience.

Do you need special skills to gain an admin job? Do you have to take a course to work in an office administrative role? Read on to discover what you can do to give yourself the best possible chance of securing your first role.

1. LIST KEY SKILLS ON YOUR CV

Achieving a Work-Life Balance in Today's World

In the best of circumstances, striking a healthy work and life balance can be challenging, but it can become even more intimidating, as well as vital, during periods of economic stagnation and uncertainty.

Because of the Great Recession and the resulting cuts and layoffs, many people work longer hours with roles that are more complex than ever before. Workers who fear losing their employment are determined to demonstrate that they are vital team members.

Today's portable electronic devices have blurred the boundaries between work and home, also adding stress. The days are gone when leaving the office meant abandoning our work. As a result, employees can now reach out to their bosses, co-workers, and customers at any time.