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Society puts trainee minimum salary back on agenda

Junior lawyers are to revive the campaign for a minimum salary for trainees – with the help of the Law Society.

The regulatory minimum, of £18,590 per year for training contracts based in central London and £16,650 for those outside the capital, was abolished last year. Since then, employers have been required to pay only the national minimum wage of £6.31 an hour.

Max Harris, chair of the Society’s Junior Lawyers Division (JLD), told the division’s annual dinner on Saturday that the minimum trainee salary was one of four areas where the JLD would be focusing a lot of its attention this year.

Harris said that the law is a unique sector because many trainees have to begin repaying the cost of their LPC, which averages £11,500, from the start of their training contact.

‘The national minimum wage does not take these repayments into account. This causes great difficulties from a social mobility perspective, with individuals who are unable to rely on parenting support being stifled (at least in part) from entering the profession.’

The JLD is working with Chancery Lane with a view to a recommended minimum salary being issued in July. The recommendation would not be enforceable. Instead, it would provide a [...]


By now you should all have your time sheets prepared your timesheets!! However…

W/C 22/12/14 we need your hours in by 12pm Tuesday 23rd. If you are working Christmas Eve, you need to include these hours on this time-sheet (in advance).

If you have followed the correct submission dates, all Candidates will be paid on Christmas Eve!

You will be paid again New Years Eve- 31st

ACS Office Christmas Hours

The office will close for Christmas Tuesday 23rd and reopen Monday 29th. We will then close again 30th and resume business on Friday 2nd. However, Steph and Gabriella will have access to emails, if you have any urgent enquires.



Notice to our temps

Your time-sheets are the last thing you need to worry about at this time of year however, by now you should all have been notified the process for your time-sheets over the Christmas period.  Again, the details are as follows:

W/C 15/12/14 you need to have your time-sheet at the latest 11am on Monday 22/12/14.

W/C 22/12/14 we need your hours in by 12pm Tuesday 23rd. If you are working Christmas Eve, you need to include these hours on this time-sheet (in advance).

If you have followed the correct submission dates, all Candidates will be paid on Christmas Eve!

You will be paid again New Years Eve- 31st

ACS Office Christmas Hours

The office will close for Christmas Tuesday 23rd and reopen Monday 29th. We will then close again 30th and resume business on Friday 2nd. However, Steph and Gabriella will have access to emails, if you have any urgent enquires.


Recruitment at Christmas

Note to all job seekers!

There is a misconception that employers stop recruiting over Christmas period and leave it till the New Year- this is completely untrue. Many of our clients keep recruiting right through the holiday season.

You may well be winding down for the Christmas break, but this makes it a great opportunity for recruitment. You will perhaps have a little more available time in which to focus on the recruitment process, and less day-to-day pressure means it’s an ideal time to ease yourself into the business and be trained in readiness to hit the ground running in January.
Job seekers also maybe put off if they have no more annual leave left- but no need to worry, as office business tends to slow down during the festive period! Potential employers are more willing to interview out of hours if candidates are looking to start now or in the New Year.

So! If you are currently thinking about looking for that new opportunity, email a copy of your CV and one of our consultants would be more than happy to assist you find that right role, and help you start your New Year with fresh new start.

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Sloppy cut-and-paste CVs costing graduates top jobs

Sloppy cut-and-paste CVs costing graduates top jobs: Employers struggling to fill vacancies due to glut of poor applications

Research found applicants pasting wholesale from previous attempts
Sometimes the graduates mixed up which company they were applying to
Findings come from employers including Procter & Gamble and Rolls-Royce

After years of study at elite universities, you could presume that our brightest students would emerge knowing how to apply for a job.

But top employers are struggling to fill graduate vacancies due to a glut of sloppy applications. A leading recruiter said students about to leave university take a ‘scattergun’ approach to sending out CVs rather than properly researching each position they apply for.

Some simply cut and paste paragraphs between cover letters, and even mistakenly refer to rival companies.

They do not always understand the basic requirements of the job they are applying for or even what the role involves.

This is despite the fact that many applications are from final year students at leading universities who are expected to achieve at least a 2:1 degree.

Research carried out by the Association of Graduate Recruiters – which represents leading firms including Procter & Gamble, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Rolls-Royce UK – has cast doubt on the calibre of today’s [...]

CV dos and don’ts

As an agency we will try our best to provide help and support, when it comes to your CV. Your CV is the first contact with the employer; this is your chance to market yourself to make the best possible impression! Here you will find a list of Do's and Don't s that will help you write or improve your CV.
February 3rd, 2014|Helpful Tips|

5 questions you should be able to answer before your job interview.

As more and more graduates are leaving university employers expectations are also increasing to find their ideal candidate.

Before your next job interview you should know these 5 answers to commonly asked questions:
Question: Tell me about yourself.
Answer: Your answer should be well-rehearsed and approximately 2-3 minutes in length. Try to avoid the typical statements about your family and where you’re from, and focus more on your experiences and background that best relate to the job.

This is your first opportunity to develop a great first impression-think about key achievements.
Question: Why did you leave your last job?
Answer: Your answer should be honest and open- speak positively about your experience even if it wasn’t the best.

If you have been made redundant, discuss this with the reasoning behind the company restructure.
Question: What has been your biggest achievement in your career?
Answer: Think of an achievement that you had control or influence over. Preferably choose one that is work related that will relate to the job that you are applying for. Describe the process that you took to making the decision a success and outline how this choice impacted others and the impact it had on the company.
Question: What [...]

August 31st, 2013|Helpful Tips, Latest News|

5 Questions that you should ask during your interview.

At some part of your life everyone has to go through the stressing times of an interview. An interview is like a sales call, you are the product. You need to sell yourself in a way that, they need you for that position.

I have compiled a list of questions that we think you should ask during your interview.

Can you tell me more about how I would fit in with…? (insert the name of company)Employers want to know how much you want this job. Are you willing to spend time studying the company and position? If you are looking to secure that position then I highly recommend you doing so. This way this will enable you to ask further questions, to make them aware you have been researching. Make sure all your questions are relevant and fully researched correctly.
What is your vision for your company’s future, and how do you see me contributing to this?Employers love to talk about their company and their positive vision for the future. If they are passionate about their work, they will enjoy a discussion on their dreams-let them start to think about you helping to fulfil them. Asking these types of questions shows [...]

August 22nd, 2013|Helpful Tips, Latest News|

Interview Top Tips

Counting down the days till your interview can be the scariest times for anyone, especially if you haven’t had an interview for years. With all the legal changes recently and the fear of being made redundant hovering, being worried about your interview is one more thing you could do without.

I have compiled a list of top tips that may help you to de-stress.

Do your research.
You may not know everything about the company that you are applying for, but be sure that they will ask you ‘What do you know about our company’. Make sure you outline; what the company does where they currently stand and their mission. Also investigate developments in the industry so you can converse with confidence.
Practice your Answers.
Giving that there is no formality set for every job interview, there are some questions that you can almost guarantee will pop up; What are your Strengths? What are your Weaknesses? Explain why you are the best candidate for this role?  Prepare your answers.
Look the part
Appearances shouldn’t matter, but the plain fact is that you are often judged before you’ve even uttered a word. Make sure your shoes are polished, your clothes fit correctly [...]

August 13th, 2013|Helpful Tips, Latest News|