Marc Evan Aupiais
Sending out your Curriculum Vitae
A lot of people have given their advice after reading CVs. I am not offering any jobs right now, but I still receive plenty of CVs in my inbox and have discussed this sort of thing with other business owners in the past. So, here it goes.
Some CV advice:
1) Use personal pronouns, commas and full stops. Anyone who is annoyed by them is a) not a lawyer and not in a profession where good written communication is essential and b) is probably able to speed read in any case.
2) Ditch the precedent. List the information about your past experience and jobs that you'd list on LinkedIn. Don't follow some precedent that everyone hands around. Show you know how to construct a formal document.
3) Use a list/table format to supply what is sometimes considered 'superfluous' information, such as your citizenship, sex, phone number, email, website, driver's licence and car ownership status.
4) People want to know you are a complete human person. They want to know your interests, hobbies and what makes you tick. Just, don't list social justice warrior stuff on your CV. People know it is fake or problematic and you will be put on the no pile for that.
5) Don't play the victim card, or the rose from obscurity to greatness card. People want to know you are persevering, but they want someone who strives to better themselves, not someone who blames the world and holds onto past traumas. Get a job by impressing, not by trying to get sympathy.
6) Have a standard letter of motivation. Like everything in your CV it must show a perfect command of English vocabulary, spelling and grammar. Use simpler and smaller words, unless a larger word is ideal. Using a big word when unnecessary is bad communication.
7) Use concise sentences: short but not so short so as to lose the effect.
8) Market yourself. Make sure they want to hire you.
9) List past work experience, even if not in the field. Don't say you were fired or retrenched from a job, which is something I..
A CV isn't an afterthought. It is the thrust of your attempt at employment.
Lawyers are document specialists. If your curriculum vitae is not perfect, you will struggle to get a job at a law firm. A CV isn't an afterthought. It is the thrust of your attempt at employment.
When I was looking for my first job as a candidate attorney, I spent two or three months perfecting my CV, carefully looking for any spelling error, or weakness in the flow or content of my writing, and the formatting of the document. A CV to a law firm should display mastery of written English wording, effective communication, and perfect grammar. Those are your primary tools as an attorney.
I then got out a copy of Horters, and carefully emailed the directors of many firms in my area. Secretaries in law firms often throw the CVs of candidates for jobs, who walk in, in the bin, and delete those sent to them via email. Sending your CV to a secretary is thus usually a bad idea.
Your letter of motivation is likely your most important part of your CV as a new law graduate. You should make a firm want to scoop you up as an asset to them, though by showing, not telling. Listing your subjects later in your CV, (but without your marks,) can also show them you are worthwhile. Unless they are asked for, don't attach transcripts or scans of your ID and degrees. Say they are available on request.
My email had a heading stating what job I was looking for, the email explained a bit about me and my desire for a job at their firm, and then referred to the attached PDF with my letter of motivation, CV and two letters of recommendation inside of it.
I asked that if theirs was not the desk that dealt with human resources that the email be forwarded to that desk. I sent to about a dozen firms a day, until I got interviews at a few firms. Don't CC a hundred firms in your emails, send to each individually. Also, send from a professional email address.
I still got replies to my CV to be a candidate attorney..
Poem by Marc Evan Aupiais
Tick Tock. The clock did stop.
Cause. Effect. Until the start.
A big bang, or a tiny grain of sand.
It matters not.
Go far enough back, there must always be a cause.
Something, a start, to continue to, dominoes, cause and effect.
But take infinity, call it X.
What happened before X.
What was the first cause of effect.
For something must have caused it too,
But nothing can have, there must be a first,
And this is it.
What is logic? Cause and effect.
To be logical, the foundation must be firm, it must be sound,
And that foundation must cause an effect, the specific effect, it must follow.
And yet, the entire universe is a non sequitur. It does not follow.
And neither science: cause and effect, can explain an effect without a cause,
And nor can magic: for magic is mechanical in its thinking, the precursor to science, it believed that one act, whether ritual or effective, certainly would cause another.
And whether a big bang, steady state, multiverse, or ever repeating loop, something must have brought it into being. A first knock upon the movement, the cause and effect we call time, for without energy, entropy would break the clock, even one in a circular loop. Without some outside cause for its effect, some source, all movement would stop.
What else is left? For time is cause and effect?
But then something not bound by time, must have had an effect. For, what caused X, what caused the first slight or great movement of time? The clock stops, for by its logic we know not its cause, the cause of logic, or time, of before and after, of cause and effect.
Either that, or logic, the patterns we observe as absolute, is neither universal, nor much but a precursor, like magic.
For the very first cause, logically, could not be an effect.
I find the criticism of both Jordan B Peterson and Slavoj Zizek to be unwarranted.
They had a good and enlightening discussion that benefitted everyone. I suspect the alleged former fans didn't know much of either before losing their appreciation of either figure.
Peterson has deep and systematic understanding of communism.
Communism is also not limited to the communist manifesto, which he had read before, and read again in detail before debating Zizek.
Marx wrote a lot more than it, and most of what he wrote, Peterson has a good grasp of.
Zizek prefers works of Marx other than the communist manifesto. Even when I studied him in University, he was not a true communist. He likes some of Marx, and those parts he discusses are actually parts Jordan Peterson has a grasp of, while disagreeing.
I am very impressed with Jordan Peterson's performance in the debate with Slavoj Zizek, and think those who are now attacking him or Zizek over the debate need to re-evaluate their thinking and their fickleness. Displaying fickleness isn't attractive as a trait.
Like those who recently felt the need to disown Stefan Molyneux and claimed his positions had changed (untrue), the rush of new former Jordan B Peterson fans leave me with the impression they had never read a word he has written, nor watched his lectures at all. Virtue signalling.
I am seeing posts from people who are upset billionaires are donating to restore the incalculable treasure that is Notre Dame. It shows both a complete ignorance of the laws of economics and of there being more to life than food, drink and shelter.
Firstly, this is not money the billionaires were going to donate to charity, they are likely giving up a jet or superyacht to donate. Many of the said billionaires and the like do also donate to charity.
But as study after study has found, throwing money at the poor doesn't solve their poverty, and the same goes for poor nations. Visit a lottery winner five years down the line, and they are as poor as the day they bought the ticket. Visit a hobo who was given 100 000 dollars as part of a documentary experiment, and he has spent it all and is on the street again.
What a lot of legal professionals might not yet understand is that tertiary industries like ours rely heavily on the primary and secondary sectors of the economy to survive. The primary sector is on life support and every day more likely to collapse. The secondary sector of the economy relies upon the primary sector of the economy to survive. The tertiary sector relies on both.
Over the last few years, running a law firm has become more expensive, and, as an industry, our services have often become more of a grudge purchase for clients, a necessary luxury fewer can afford. Many lawyers don't increase their fees with inflation anymore, knowing their clients just can't afford to pay more. But the collapse of each sector becomes more likely as each month fades into the next.
Published on 15 Dec 2018
South African Attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, guides you through some of the basic contact and status information that attorneys like to gain from their clients, as well as why the various details matter and some of what can affect the outcome of a legal matter. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
I did the https://www.understandmyself.com/ scientific big five personality test for about $ 9.95. It was developed in the lab of Jordan B. Peterson, and unlike the popular Myers-Briggs personality test, it actually has a strong scientific basis, as do the very extensive explanations it will give you for your personality. See what it said of me, and how I view the things it said, and possibly take the test yourself and let me know how you did in the comments.
Published on 6 Feb 2019
South African attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, discusses prescription of debts, and the effect this can have on legal matters, as well as things an attorney needs to bear in mind during interview in relation to prescription. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
Published on 1 Jan 2019
South African attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, details some practical aspects of legal strategy, and the attorney-client relationship. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
Published on 27 Dec 2018
This video, depending on response, will be the first in a series of videos discussing what will be going through an attorney's mind during a client consultation, such as the sort of topics and questions an attorney possibly looks at in order to effectively do their job. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them. - Marc Evan Aupiais.
Published on 18 Dec 2018
South African Attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, discusses prevention of terrorism funding and money laundering requirements law firms and other accounting institutions have to adhere to. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
Published on 13 Dec 2018
I recently did an anonymous internet poll on whether or not people would leave South Africa, and whether they would fight in a civil war. The results confirmed something that has seemed to be becoming more and more clear: if the government proceeds with taking property rights away from whites, a war is likely, much more likely than all whites fleeing. Corrections: I referred to a decision being upheld up to the highest levels by South African courts. I meant to say at the highest level, as a specific court took a different position prior to that being appealed successfully. The reference to one water purification plant still being operational in Johannesburg is incorrect, it is one water purification plant still operation in its whole region of Gauteng, in which Johannesburg is situate, not just Johannesburg.
Published on 23 Sep 2018
South Africa Attorney, Marc Evan Aupiais, goes through some nuances of the decision, looks at circumstances where people can still be arrested, and discusses the possibility that the decision constitutes judicial overreach. Nothing in this video should be relied upon as legal advice, for that consult your attorney at their offices, revealing all the nuances of your matter to them.
Published on 1 Jul 2018
With the current economy and the minimum wage for domestic workers. Most risk losing their jobs. National minimum wage may cost one to six million South Africans their jobs in coming months.
Marc Evan Aupiais discusses recent reports in media that South Africa's RAF is wastefully renting office furniture at an exhorbitant rate, despite the levies to fund the bankrupt government fund biting into motorists' and consumers' pockets in a bad economic climate.
Published on 1 Jul 2018
The move has upset many South Africans who don't believe the country has the money to spend on renaming towns, amid corruption and poor service delivery.
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