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Is Your CV Grammar Letting You Down?

It’s official – employers have zero patience when it comes to CV grammar and spelling. When asked, ‘What is the biggest turn-off for you to see on a candidate’s CV?’ the top answer employers gave was poor grammar and spelling mistakes, according to a recent survey. Recruitment consultancy Nicoll Curtin asked 550 companies, and a massive 65 percent pointed to CV errors as their ultimate bugbear.

Influences on Parliamentary Law-Making

This month we are doing something a little different and looking at the big picture so far as English law is concerned. This is something that is covered in the first unit of the Legal Secretary Diploma so that students can get a good grasp of how English laws are created. By knowing something about the ‘big’ picture, you are showing an interest in the same thing that intrigues many lawyers.

Tougher Legislation Needed for Online Trolls and Bullies

The topic of online trolls and bullies is hot news at the moment, but it’s also been around for some time. The tragic death of Hannah Smith has highlighted this issue and brought to the attention of parents and other people that while online media has its benefits, it hides a dark flaw and allows people to abuse and bully. Unfortunately many people clearly feel that nothing can or will be done to prevent such overt abuse.

The Value of Flexitime: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

Do you have a need for flexitime? It’s an issue for people working across all industries – particularly women with families – and here at Douglas Scott Legal Recruitment we believe that the introduction of flexitime could improve staff attraction and retention in law firms. Earlier this year, when extended family-related leave came into force in the UK, Douglas Scott carried out a study which revealed that almost half of legal employees would like flexitime.

The Relocation of ILSPA’s Head Office

ILSPA’s head office is now based in the heart of Devon within the beautiful grounds of Dartington Hall Estate. We have had the opportunity to expand to a fantastic office suite in a setting which is inspiring and peaceful. It is very much a contrast to the busy London environment we operated from previously, but we feel that it is a positive move which has encouraged productivity and motivation within the company. 

The Importance of Good Client Care

This month we will consider a recent publication by the Legal Ombudsman about client care1 and note what lessons might be learnt. The leaflet contains many general points about client care, but in particular it focuses on vulnerable clients such as the elderly and issues they might have. This is a subject that those who have completed the Wills, Probate and Administration unit of the Legal Secretaries Diploma course will be familiar with. 

Legal PA of the Year Awards 2013

Following the massive success of last year’s awards and after months of preparation and work behind the scenes, nominations for the Legal PA of The Year Awards are now OPEN!

Shining a light on the UK's most inspirational Legal PAs and Secretaries, the Legal PA of The Year Awards is the only ceremony of its kind fully supported by the legal profession.

The categories open this year are:

Five Ways to Boost Your Confidence Before a Job Interview

A lack of self-confidence is often the underlying cause of a lack of job offers. So what can you do to pump up your feelings of self-worth and personal positivity before an interview?

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