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    Hi all!

    Hoping someone could help. During Christmas, I did a "one day work experience" at a city firm where I assisted the paralegals in ad hoc admin duties in one of their biggest departments (Employment). It was an immensely educational experience which confirmed my belief that this is the route I want to take.
    My predicament is that I did not receive any reference letter from this as it was arranged informally through a family friend. Can I still mention it on my CV?
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    Yes with reference to those who held it but you should try hard to get one as it could become an issue when proving and can be overlooked
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    Yes of course you should still mention it! It's good experience, well done. List what you did - you obviously think it was only one day but you did well to get it and got a lot out of it so it's good.

    I think I must have missed something - I don't use any of my law work ex as a reference for my applications - I use one work one and one academic reference. You can only really get a ref on a decent amount of work ex eg two weeks - when you can actually get something done they can comment on - other than 'turned up. Wore a suit. Asked some questions' So, just use other refs. You get to tell them who your refs are in general, unless they require one from your last employer, which i am guessing, won't apply to you.


    (Original post by leo68)
    Hi all!

    Hoping someone could help. During Christmas, I did a "one day work experience" at a silver circle firm where I assisted the paralegals in ad hoc admin duties in one of their biggest departments (Employment). It was an immensely educational experience which confirmed my belief that this is the route I want to take.
    My predicament is that I did not receive any reference letter from this as it was arranged informally through a family friend. Can I still mention it on my CV?
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    Yes of course you should still mention it! It's good experience, well done. List what you did - you obviously think it was only one day but you did well to get it and got a lot out of it so it's good.

    I think I must have missed something - I don't use any of my law work ex as a reference for my applications - I use one work one and one academic reference. You can only really get a ref on a decent amount of work ex eg two weeks - when you can actually get something done they can comment on - other than 'turned up. Wore a suit. Asked some questions' So, just use other refs. You get to tell them who your refs are in general, unless they require one from your last employer, which i am guessing, won't apply to you.
    Thank you for your advice. The reason I was worried about references was because I have no evidence to show that I did my work experience, in case a prospective employer would ask.
    The person I worked with the most has left the job and I doubt he would find time to write a reference letter for me anyway (which I totally appreciate). But its reassuring to find that it is acceptable to mention the experience on my cv so thanks again!
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    (Original post by leo68)
    Thank you for your advice. The reason I was worried about references was because I have no evidence to show that I did my work experience, in case a prospective employer would ask.
    The person I worked with the most has left the job and I doubt he would find time to write a reference letter for me anyway (which I totally appreciate). But its reassuring to find that it is acceptable to mention the experience on my cv so thanks again!
    Please don't worry about it. I really doubt that anyone would ask; there is not enough experience there for you to give a good account of yourself anyway - you are obviously a straight up sort - no-one will doubt what you say! People move on at work all the time.

    You'll be fine, you sound very honest and employable to me
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    Any legal experience is desirable. Even if you don't think it is particularly impressive, I'd include it. You won't need a reference.

    If anyone is interested, they'll email the firm you worked with - just try and include a name:

    "A work experience placement at X and X and X LLP under <partner name> I..."
 
 
 
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