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When signing up for the Career Hub for the first time, you’ll either be able to create an account using your Google account, or by manually registering with your email and a password. If you’re already a Simply Law user, you’ll be able to log into the Career Hub with your existing login credentials, even if you’ve never used the Hub before!
Once you’ve created your account, your login credentials will give you access to our entire platform, including Simply Law, the Career Hub and the Forum within the Hub.
If you ever need to change your password, navigate to your username at the top right and select Settings from the dropdown menu. From here, you’ll be able to select a new password.
Once you’ve created your profile, we recommend you take the time to fill this out with as much information as possible, so that we can recommend the most relevant resources and articles for you based on what you want to see.
Filling out your profile will also allow your fellow forum users to learn more about you, helping you to cement your place within the community, add credibility to your comments and help you make connections!
We require a full name from you, but this is purely so that we can communicate with you. If you’d prefer not to reveal your full name to other users on the forum, simply switch on the “keep your anonymity” option and select a display name. This display name will then be displayed next to your forum posts, rather than your full name.
We also recommend that you upload a profile picture to help your fellow users get to know you better! A professional, clear and well-lit photo is essential here; if you can use a photo of yourself within a professional setting, even better. Please ensure that your image is a maximum of 5MB.
Your Headline is another important piece of information to fill in on this page; this is a few short words that will show up underneath your username on any posts you make on the forum. We really recommend filling this in, as it gives your fellow users an idea of who you are and what you do. We suggest you fill this in with a few words about your current job role or career situation, for example “trainee solicitor at SLJ Legal”, “senior partner at FMG Law”, or “student & aspiring lawyer”.
On this page you’ll also be able to add information about your location, current work situation and the role you’re most interested in. We’ll then use this information to make sure we’re providing you with suggested job opportunities and other content that’s relevant to you! In fact, you’ll be shown recommended jobs from Simply Law on your dashboard as soon as you’ve added these details, providing we currently have vacancies on the site which match what you’re looking for.
When you create your account with the Simply Law Career Hub, you’ll be able to opt-in to receive emails from us. There are a few different types of emails that we’ll send you if you choose to opt in, all of which are designed to provide you with valuable information for your career and improve your experience of using the Hub:
Advice and content: you’ll receive regular emails containing useful, insightful career advice, articles, videos and other content that’s relevant to the job role that you’re interested in.
Job alerts: you’ll receive alerts when new job opportunities relevant to you are added to Simply Law
Forum activity: you’ll receive email notifications whenever someone interacts with or responds to your posts on the Forum
Newsletter: you’ll receive monthly roundups of the latest news and content that you may have missed
If you no longer wish to receive a particular type of email, simply navigate to your preference centre via your dashboard by navigating to Settings > Email subscription and switch each email type on or off depending on your preferences.
Within the Hub there are three main sections; Career advice, Insights and the Forum. We’ll go into more detail about each of these below.
Under the Career advice section of the Hub, you’ll be able to find articles and advice to guide you in your career, including CV writing advice, interview tips, wellbeing tips, job hunting advice, salary information, job profiles, and much more.
You’ll also be able to discover our role-specific series within the Career advice section, which feature interviews and advice from professionals currently working within various roles and sectors of the legal industry; including solicitors, paralegals, students, graduates and more. Look out for more content being added to these sections in the future!
The Insights section is where we take a deeper dive into the industry, giving you exclusive insights into what it’s like to work in various roles, and tips for dealing with situations often encountered by legal professionals. In here you’ll find interviews and first-hand “a day in the life” accounts from people working across various areas of law.
You’ll also be able to discover lifestyle advice and opinions from those within the industry, giving you the sort of first-hand insights that aren’t always widely available, especially for those taking their first steps into the legal industry.
The forum is the perfect place to connect with your fellow legal professionals, share opinions and advice, ask and answer questions, and generally help each other out!
If you have something specific you’d like to talk about or ask your fellow professionals, why not join the conversation? You’re able to view all of the discussions in the forum without being signed in, but if you’d like to join the conversation, you’ll need to create an account.
On the homepage of the forum, you’ll be able to search for keywords amongst our existing discussions, as well as our trending discussions on the right hand side, and any discussions that you’ve recently viewed.
If you’re unable to find a thread that already addresses the subject you’d like to discuss, feel free to start a new discussion via the green “Start a discussion” button.
Categories are the broad terms that we use in order to group the conversations in our forum. You’ll see these listed on the forum homepage in bold text above each section - some examples of categories include Students & Graduates, Solicitors & Barristers, Other Legal Professionals and Miscellaneous.
Topics sit within our categories, and these represent the more specific topics that people are talking about; for example, within the Students & Graduates category, there are topics entitled Assessment Centres, SQE, and Useful Resources & Materials.
Discussions are the specific conversations that are happening on the forum, and these sit within each topic. For example, some discussions within SQE could be entitled “Opinions about the new SQE” or “Preparing for the SQE - Advice needed”.
Comments are the individual replies within each discussion. If you want to reply to an ongoing discussion, you’ll be able to create a new comment and add this to the discussion thread.
Before starting a brand new discussion, we recommend searching the forum for the subject that you’re looking to discuss, to avoid duplicating an existing discussion. You may find that your query has already been answered!
When starting a new discussion, you’ll also be asked to organise your discussion under an appropriate topic. You’ll be able to search amongst the existing topics; however, if there are no relevant topics for your discussion, you’ll be able to create a new topic for your discussion to sit under.
However, please do check amongst the existing topics before you create a brand new one, to avoid duplicating similar topics that could make things confusing for other users in future.
We’ll also flag up during the process if it looks like you’re attempting to create a new topic for your discussion which looks very similar to an existing topic, to help you spot whether there’s somewhere appropriate for your discussion to sit.
For any new topics that you create, these will need to go through a moderation process at our end before these can be displayed on the site, so it may take a short while for your discussion to appear on the site. If you’re looking for a quick response, we recommend posting your discussion under an existing topic so that it’s visible right away.
We also recommend that you tag your discussion with up to 5 tags; this will make your discussion more discoverable to other users, meaning you’re more likely to receive responses.
Comments within discussions are arranged by default from oldest at the top to most recent at the bottom. Scroll to the bottom of the thread to view and reply to the most recent comments.
Once you have posted a comment within an ongoing discussion, if you decide that you need to edit or delete this, simply click the three dots to the right of your comment and select from either Edit or Delete.
If you choose to edit an existing comment, your comment will display an “edited” message underneath the text once you have saved your changes.