We're always really impressed by the calibre of the applicants, and it's always disappointing that we can employ so few of them.
Anyway, for those of you thinking of applying for work here in 2012, or even if you're applying for summer clerkships or permanent jobs, here are a few tips based on our recent recruitment experience.
- include a cover letter. It's the best way to get your voice across.
- sign your letter - old-fashioned but still expected in a formal context.
- keep your CV brief. At least for our purposes, a double-sided A4 sheet is about right.
- provide a work referee, if you have one, since it's a job you're applying for.
And please don't:
- send us the job description. We already know about the job. We want to know about you. With as few page-turns as possible.
- send us scruffy forms. Presentation counts, so don't change pens half-way through filling out a form. And if you spill coffee on it, get a clean one and start again.
These are minor points, but that's what counts when you have 50 good applicants and only five jobs.
And from the ridiculous to the sublime: thanks to the Law Librarian Blog I recently found the Yale Law School admissions blog. It's interesting, entertaining and potentially useful to anyone making any kind of application any time soon.