So, we bring you the second segment of our CV writing course. Sit back and enjoy!


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Very important. Do you have any publications in the newspapers, journals, online on any field or subject in any field of law, politics or the economy?
Blast your CV real good with that. Don’t scratch your head ‘cos you have one. Your LLB project or long essay will do. If you have other publications then wink at me and tell yourself “My CV is gonna rock!”

What are your achievements as either a student or Corps member or even a young lawyer? Did you win prizes in the university or Law School? What awards did you get for your outstanding performance in other causes you championed or in your church, clubs or other associations?

Am not trying to brag but just take a peep at my Awards and Achievements as at graduation from the Law School.

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Besides this, achievements related to the field of law or practice of law carry more weight. Just imagine an achievement like some of  these;

“I graduated in the top 20 category out of a class of 200 people”

“I emerged the overall best speaker at the Moot Court Competitions during my stint at the Lagos Campus of the Nigerian Law School. My performance was specially recognised and commended by the Chief Justice of Nigeria who was present at the event”

“As a Corps member, I was in the team of lawyers that arranged for the release of over 20 prisoners who had been held without trial or bail for over 5 years”

“In less than 9 months of active legal practice, I had appeared in all superior courts of records and inferior courts of record in Kaduna State”

“I hold the record of the first and only Corp member to commence and conclude 5 civil and 6 criminal cases at the Oyo State High Court while serving at the Ministry of Justice.”

Please don’t try to copy these examples, that would be plagiarism and like P-Square I will deal with you personally. Think of that which you never considered an achievement and package it in proper words and see what good impression it creates about you. It must not be litigation related.

Your hobbies are very important and do not make the mistake of including none work related activities in your list of hobbies. I mean who will employ a lawyer who has “reading” as a hobby? You read every goddamn day as a lawyer so why read again as a hobby? However, reading current affairs, history or even novels can pass.
Then add other things like sports or voluntary causes.

At this stage, your CV is a wrap. You need a minimum of two referees, their position and their contact details. Your referee should be people who are well known to you and would be available to respond to questions on your suitability for the position you seek.

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Are you impressed! The smile on your face says it all but then there is some more work to be done.
In the last segment of our CV writing course, we shall tell you the last “Is” to be dotted and “Ts” to be crossed.
Keep a date.

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  Maduka Onwukeme is an Attorney, Creative Writer and Business Consultant. Follow him on Twitter, on Facebook or on LinkedIn