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Thinking about applying for a position at Marilyn Stowe's firm? For goodness’ sake use a fountain pen

13 June 2011

Every week I receive at least three CVs ‘on spec’. They are emailed and posted, unsolicited, by recruitment agencies and by lawyers who seek positions within our firm. I am also sent requests for work experience from students and prospective trainees. Our firm encourages applications, because we are always on the lookout for good people. So why do so many of these CVs have me reaching for the delete button?

Some applications are more memorable than others, of course. I received one in which the candidate described, in painstaking detail over several pages, how she handled her own divorce. It made awkward reading. I recall another in which the solicitor ranted and raved about the senior partner at his previous firm. Vitriol flew off the pages, in what must be a textbook example of what not to do. Why criticise your previous firm to us? If you can do it to them, you can do it to us. No thanks.

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