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Hi all, 

I plan on participating in the Toronto Recruit and need some guidance. 

How long should it take to complete your resume and cover letters? Should you tailor for each firm? I feel like I've barely had time to breathe this semester, so I haven't really started. I wanted to finish my apps in December after exams but am I cutting it too close? Our CDO has noted they have reduced capacity to look at application materials in January... who else should I ask to review my materials? 

Also, if anyone has some good resources for resume/cover letter help, please post.

Thanks! 

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I would recommend focusing on your grades first! Grades are really important for the recruit (depending on where you're applying and your experience). If you have some time, you can look into the different places that are hiring and try to think of a good way to convey why you would want to work there in your cover letter. The time you need to spend will depend on if you already have a good resume or cover letter from the past, how many places you're applying (and how different they are from each other), and if you're going to tailor the cover letters.

 

You can find some tips & samples at the bottom of this page: https://www.fasken.com/en/careers/lawstudents/toronto/

and here:  https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/sites/commonlaw.uottawa.ca/files/naked_resumes_and_cover_letters_2015.pdf

Your CDO should have some examples as well.

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On 11/5/2020 at 10:09 AM, retakelsat said:

I would recommend focusing on your grades first! Grades are really important for the recruit (depending on where you're applying and your experience). If you have some time, you can look into the different places that are hiring and try to think of a good way to convey why you would want to work there in your cover letter. The time you need to spend will depend on if you already have a good resume or cover letter from the past, how many places you're applying (and how different they are from each other), and if you're going to tailor the cover letters.

 

You can find some tips & samples at the bottom of this page: https://www.fasken.com/en/careers/lawstudents/toronto/

and here:  https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/sites/commonlaw.uottawa.ca/files/naked_resumes_and_cover_letters_2015.pdf

Your CDO should have some examples as well.

Replying a little late, but thank you for this! These resources definitely helped. 

I'm jumping back on this thread since I've now created my cover letter. Is there anyone who is familiar with the OCI process willing to review my cover letter and provide some feedback? I'm applying strictly to full service firms. Please PM :)

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25 minutes ago, TorontoLaw17 said:

Replying a little late, but thank you for this! These resources definitely helped. 

I'm jumping back on this thread since I've now created my cover letter. Is there anyone who is familiar with the OCI process willing to review my cover letter and provide some feedback? I'm applying strictly to full service firms. Please PM :)

Have you considered talking to your career services office? 

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12 minutes ago, Psychometronic said:

Have you considered talking to your career services office? 

Yes, I've sent it over. But still hoping to get a few sets of eyes on it for perspective 

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On 11/5/2020 at 10:09 AM, retakelsat said:

I would recommend focusing on your grades first! Grades are really important for the recruit (depending on where you're applying and your experience). If you have some time, you can look into the different places that are hiring and try to think of a good way to convey why you would want to work there in your cover letter. The time you need to spend will depend on if you already have a good resume or cover letter from the past, how many places you're applying (and how different they are from each other), and if you're going to tailor the cover letters.

 

You can find some tips & samples at the bottom of this page: https://www.fasken.com/en/careers/lawstudents/toronto/

and here:  https://commonlaw.uottawa.ca/sites/commonlaw.uottawa.ca/files/naked_resumes_and_cover_letters_2015.pdf

Your CDO should have some examples as well.

Just wanted to say thank you very much for sharing those links, they are great examples to work off.

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