With the Gold option, your lawyer-advisor will conduct three reviews of your cover letter to help you leave a lasting impression and highlight the skills and experiences employers are looking for; conduct three mock interviews to help you build confidence and prepare for different interview styles; and develop a job search strategy to help you find job openings, make the most of networking opportunities, and stand out during interview week.
Overview of the Gold Option:Here's what will happen once you become a Finding Articles Gold member:
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Securing an in-firm interview is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to successfully navigating the recruitment process. Applicants will have to make a number of strategic decisions throughout interview week, including deciding when to schedule interviews with different firms, which meal invitations to accept or receptions to attend, when to follow-up with interviewers, and most importantly, which firm to indicate as your top choice. Making the right connections can be the key to securing a summer or articling position. Potential employers will also infer your interest in their firm from your actions, and will send you cues to demonstrate their interest in you.
As a Gold member, your lawyer-advisor will conduct a 30 minute Job Search Strategy Session to advise you on how to properly play your cards during the recruitment process to ensure you remain at the top of a potential employer’s list.
Applicants seeking a position outside of the formal recruitment process are often searching for opportunities to get in front of lawyers. Many applicants make the mistake of restricting their job search to those firms participating in the formal summer student and articling student recruitment processes. By doing so, you are missing out on potential articling positions with boutique firms, in-house legal departments, and other alternative legal employers.
Did you know there are many other ways to secure a law job other than the traditional on-campus interviews and posted job offerings? Let us help you take advantage of them! As a Gold member, your lawyer-advisor will conduct a 30 minute Job Search Strategy Session to help you access this hidden job market by advising you on where to look for opportunities, as well as how and when to reach out.
Whether you’re applying for a summer student or articling position, your cover letter is your opportunity to distinguish yourself from the hundreds of other applicants with similar GPAs and non-academic achievements. A persuasive cover letter will:
- highlight your key experiences and skills;
- clearly express why you are interested in a position; and
- convey your understanding of the firm/employer’s practice areas, client industries, and culture.
If you’re applying to a firm/employer outside of your home city, you will also need to provide a compelling reason for your desire to relocate.
Given the number of applications received, firms/employers will often use cover letters as a means of eliminating applications. It is therefore vital that your cover letter be concise, persuasive, and free of grammatical errors to give you the best chance of success.
Our Cover Letter Review will help you make a great first impression. As a Gold member, your lawyer-advisor will review your cover letter three times and provide detailed feedback on grammar and spelling, sentence and essay structure, idea organization, and ways to reduce word count. Your lawyer-advisor will also provide recommendations on how to highlight your experiences and skills, and tailor your cover letter to individual employers.
Your lawyer-advisor will provide feedback on your cover letter in the following areas:
- Tips for tailoring your cover letter to individual employers
- Structuring ideas and highlighting accomplishments
- Overall structure and organization
- Removing unnecessary/unwanted content
- Grammar, spelling and sentence structure
Your resume is the primary component of your summer student or articling application. Law firms will use your resume to determine whether you have the requisite skills and experience for the position, and to identify potential concerns with your application, such as a perceived lack of commitment, or a significant gap in your employment history. Your resume can therefore make or break your job application.
A well-crafted resume will highlight your key employment and extra-curricular experiences; use compelling activity descriptions to demonstrate the qualities firms are looking for; and provide potential interviewers with engaging topics to discuss on interview day.
Our Resume Review will help you craft a resume which not only lists your accomplishments, but truly lets them shine – helping you secure an interview. As a Gold member, your lawyer-advisor will review your resume three times to ensure it highlights the skills and experiences employers are looking for by providing detailed feedback on grammar, spelling and sentence structure, and persuasiveness of activity descriptions. These reviews will also include advice on which activities to include/exclude, strategies to reduce word count and minimize potential red flags, and ways to incorporate/develop compelling interview topics.
A successful interview is the final step of the recruitment process, and the key to securing a summer student or articling position. On-campus interviews are used by firms to screen candidates for fit, while in-firm interviews are used to rank you against other top candidates, gauge your interest in the firm, and ultimately decide whether or not to extend you a summer student or articling offer.
Employers use different interview methods, including conversational, behavioral, and substantive. Individual interviewers will also vary in their preferred style – some take a casual approach, while others use challenging questions to test how well you perform under pressure. Most interviewers also assess your tone of voice, body language, and how you present yourself, and all expect you to have thoughtful questions to ask about their firm or your preferred practice area/group.
Our Mock Interview will help prepare you for any scenario, build your confidence, and ultimately increase you chance of securing a position with your preferred employer. As a Gold member, your lawyer-advisor will conduct three mock interviews and tailor the interview methods and styles to help you improve your interview skills where you need it most. Following each Mock Interview, your lawyer-advisor will provide feedback to help you improve your responses, tone, speech pattern, and body language, which you can practice in the following Mock Interview.
As a Gold member, once you receive your lawyer-advisors feedback from their first review of your cover letter and resume, they will review your cover letter and resume a second and third time. This gives you the ability to review and consider your lawyer-advisor’s feedback, draft an updated version of your cover letter and resume incorporating this feedback, and then receive further feedback on your incorporation and the improvements you’ve made.
This three-time review transforms your drafting experience into a collaborative drafting exercise, with your lawyer-advisor working with you one-on-one each step of the way. This ensures your final cover letter and resume truly highlight your strengths and biggest accomplishments, and in a way that is compelling and persuasive – giving you the best change of being hired.
All your questions,
Frequently asked questions about this package.
How do I send you my draft resume and cover letter?
How long will it take to receive my reviewed cover letter and resume?
We aim to send your revised document within 48 hours after you submit your draft.
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How will my Job Search Strategy Session and Mock Interviews take place?
You choose! Either by phone, or online via video/chat, though we highly recommend taking advantage of our online video/chat option for the Mock Interviews as this will allow us to assess your non-verbal cues such as body language.
We use Zoom to power our online video/chat with you, which allows us to talk face-to-face via video, send instant messages, and even share our screens with each other. It all works with a single click, and you can even make a test call before starting. Feel free to book a free consultation with one of our lawyer-advisors to see our Zoom video/chat in action!
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