20 February 2019

Career Lab: Job Hunting? The Secrets to Standing Out | Perth

Published on 20 February 2019

How to stand out in the job market 

It can be tough standing out from the crowd when the job competition is stiff.

Your potential employer has a lot of applications to wade through and you need yours to end up in the 'yes' pile. 

But, what's the best way to get your application noticed?

Join us on Wednesday 20 February for our first Career Lab in 2019 to learn strategies on how you can wow employers and stand out from the crowd.

What to expect from the session

  • 45 minute session with Q&A
  • Learn where to start your search
  • Advice on the content of your application
  • Tips on your cover letter and CV
  • Hear words of wisdom on how to prepare for your interview 
  • Have all your questions answered by our speakers

Wednesday 20 February
5.30pm - 7.30pm

The College of Law
Durack Centre, Ground Floor
263 Adelaide Terrace
Perth WA 6000

Registration for this event have now closed. For late registration please call 08 9214 0200. 


Jessica Baynes


Jessica Baynes

Solictor, Legal Aid WA

Jessica has been a practicing criminal lawyer at Legal Aid WA for over 10 years.  She has worked in the Perth metropolitan area and also in a number of regional and remote locations.  She is currently in Legal Practice Development and in this role she trains junior lawyers, develops training and resource materials, delivers Community Legal Education, and continues to practice as a criminal lawyer.  She has a special interest in legal education and she is passionate about facilitating real change in behaviour through education.

Anne Wood


Anne Wood

Head Partner, Kott Gunning

Anne Wood is the head partner in Kott Gunning’s well respected Local Government section and has been with Kott Gunning since commencing her Articled Clerkship in 2006. She regularly appears in the Magistrates Court and Supreme Court on criminal prosecutions and appeals ranging from serious dog attacks to unauthorised planning uses such as brothels and motorsport facilities to illegally constructed buildings. Anne is also spending increasing amounts of time in hearings in the State Administrative Tribunal on behalf of local governments.

Prior to pursuing a career in the law, Anne worked for approximately 4-5 years as an advisor to various State Government Ministers including three Ministers for Local Government and Regional Development, one Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and one Minister for Housing and Works. Anne’s experience includes working within State Government in the instructing and drafting process for legislation.
Anne is a past President of the Women Lawyers Association of WA and is the current WA Director on the Board of the Australian Women Lawyers Association.


Emma Elliot


Emma Elliot

Early in Emma’s career she was fortunate to work for a privately-owned business and take on various management roles & responsibilities across different functions (IT, HR, Operations, Finance, Sales, Marketing, Administration & General Management) which enabled her to gain a valuable understanding of how businesses function, interact and operate. This early exposure to business sparked her interest for further study and she completed her MBA in 2007.
Since 2006, Emma has been heavily involved in the legal industry, again having been engaged in various business management and consulting positions during this time within several Law Firms (namely MDS Legal, Norton & Smailes, Torrens Legal and most recently Steinepreis Paganin). During the past 12 years all of her roles have been predominately focused on and included Human Resources – that is, legal recruitment (from Graduates through to SAs), attraction & retention strategies, professional career development, driving performance and business improvements. Emma has read countless CVs, cover letters and has lost count of the number of interviews she has conducted over the years. 
More recently, in July of 2018, motivated to stay within the legal industry, but wanting to be able to educate and drive change within law firm management on a larger scale, Emma joined the Australasian Legal Practice Management Association (ALPMA) as their Projects and Partnership Manager. Between 2013-2018 Emma had volunteered for ALPMA and had held positions as Chairperson for the WA branch and National Board Director to name a few. Last month Emma was appointed as the Acting General Manager for ALPMA. Here Emma aims to help ALPMA deliver on their promise to members, that is to lead, equip, educate and inform law firm management executives about the business of law.


Emma Elliot


Francesca Cotton

Francesca Cotton is a legal recruitment consultant with Elias Recruitment, who have over 18 years experience in legal recruitment. They have offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle and Perth. Francesca is also a practising lawyer and runs her own entertainment law practice in Perth. She worked in the UK for 20 years, where she ran her own legal consultancy practice and worked as general counsel for the two largest record companies in the world, namely Warner Music and Universal Music. Prior to working in the UK she worked for a large independent law firm in Perth. Francesca has also managed the careers of successful musicians and enjoys assisting graduates with their career paths.


Career Lab Series
During 2019, our Career Lab Series will guide you through the steps of launching your career, from Practical Legal Training, to admission and finding your first job.