in CV Writing

How we prepare CVs

We have been preparing professional CVs for lawyers since April 2000 and the process is fairly simple.

Firstly we ask our clients to send us over a completed form on the internet with lots of detail in.  Alternatively our clients can send over their existing CV and we will work from that.

Very often clients fall into two categories.

Either they are having problems putting a CV together because they do not have very much to put on it or they have a CV that they feel is too long or has the wrong detail in it.

Our specialism is providing the relevant content to a CV ensuring that all the elements that recruiters look for are contained on the CV in the right places. This means that potential employers do not need to be looking around the CV to hunt out all the relevant bits.

We focus on getting the right content and information into the work experience section which very often is the key part of any recruitment procedure.

Candidates at all levels, whether looking for a training contract or a legal job, need to have the appropriate work experience to be considered for positions.

Employers are very often impressed by academic qualifications but interested in actual work undertaken in a practical work environment.

We also spend time ensuring that the layout is accurate and all the different elements are in the right places.

This can mean making sure that the appropriate personal details are at the top of the CV and not at the bottom as some people put them, that the relevant computer and language skills are present, that the right address even has been used and factors such as date of birth have been carefully considered.

The whole process is not lengthy or convoluted in most cases, although we have worked on CVs that have required between about 6 and 9 pages of information.

For further details please visit our Legal Careers Shop. Ten Percent Legal Recruitment offers a DIY legal CV writing pack as well as full CV preparation and full CV review services.




Jonathan Fagan

Jonathan Fagan LLM FIRP is Managing Director of Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment. He has been recruiting solicitors and legal support staff for law firms and in house legal departments for over 20 years and handles roles from junior fee earners through to partners and law firm sales/purchases. A non-practising solicitor on the Roll since 2000, he is also the author of a number of legal career books, which are available at You can contact Jonathan at