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Category Archives: 2017

Should I leave the law?

This was a question I asked myself, just before I came up to qualifying and before I accepted my NQ role. Having spent so long looking for a training contract after 4 years at University, moving on from my training firm made me feel disloyal

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The BBC, Gender Pay Gaps and Recruitment

So, it would appear from the BBC’s reporting of how much it pays its top talent, that presenting TV and radio shows and are things which men do much better than women. Similarly, just having some indefinable “star quality” is something men have in spades,

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

How to Cancel an Interview

You decide to start looking for a role and start firing out your CV. The interviews start flooding in and you start having different discussions with different firms. This may be with one recruitment consultant or a couple. Mid process, you find a job that

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NQ solicitors – where do you see yourself in ten years?

What to wear to an interview

It struck me recently, when we secure an interview our first instinct is to start preparing. We read up on the firm, we speak to people who may have worked there (or had them on the other side of a matter), we look at the

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

Do you know what you really want out of your career?

I spend a lot of time helping lawyers work out what they actually want from their career. Having been a legal recruiter for 17 years I have helped a whole host of individuals during various stages of their life and career. A couple of recent

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Should I stay or should I go?  Handling a counter offer.

Real Estate – A Thriving Market

The real estate market in the North West is showing no sign of slowing down. A candidate coming up to qualification asked me this morning why they should qualify into real estate over any other area? The simple answer, it is thriving in the North

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Why using more than one recruitment agency is the worst move you can make

My First Year at BCL!

Twelve months ago I walked into the swish BCL offices on the middle of Deansgate not knowing what to expect and whether my first move in recruitment was going to be the right one. Today, I can happily say it was 100% the right decision.

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Preparation is the Key

2017 is proving to be an interesting year in the insurance market with some of the big nationals looking to bolster their Manchester teams, largely we are seeing massive recruitment in RTA and Fraud. There have been lots of changes in the legal market place

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Why do recruiters ask about other interviews?

I was recently talking with a candidate who took great offence when I asked where they were interviewing. I’ve also noticed a growing trend in candidates not wanting to say where they are moving too when they have secured new positions. I’ve never really understood

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Interview preparation… Solicitors, do your research!

Nowadays, more than ever before, you are expected to know A LOT about a firm before you meet with them. Information is now so readily available on the internet that to fail to fully research a firm shows a lack of interest and enthusiasm. 89%

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Employee Engagement and the Legal sector

A recent article in The Telegraph made for interesting reading this week. Titled ‘Bad jobs harm growth and make people miserable’, the article features comment from employment tsar Matthew Taylor and Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane. Matthew Taylor is on record as saying

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

The robots are coming!

When it’s a bit of a slow news day, the papers often trot out all the latest statistics about Artificial Intelligence and how robots will be taking over most of our jobs soon in the continual drive towards automation. Anyone who’s ever tried to speak

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