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The next step – stick, twist or no choice?

The rat race is over, you’ve finished your education, you’ve got your training, you’re coming up to completing it…the hallowed turf is within touching distance…..but is it? You are faced with another big decision – have you secured a NQ role, in a discipline you

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Solicitors Journal

Should I use a recruitment agency?

Searching for a new role can be a minefield. How can you find the time to look for a new job when you have billing targets to achieve? Where do you even start? There’s a way in which you can integrate your job search into

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NQ Solicitor Interviews

Failing to prepare is preparing to fail! We’ve all heard this cliché time and time again; however it’s never truer than at 1st interview stage. In this line of work, it is clear to see the difference between a candidate who has prepared and one

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Should you take an interim role, which might entail compromise around salary or level of responsibility, or should you stay on the golf course / gym whilst waiting for that perfect permanent job to arise

When you are recruiting, it is best to remember that “life is a two way street”

If you might find yourself with the responsibility of hiring a new employee to your business, then I encourage you to keep reading. Imagine this. You are a successful lawyer in a business, and you need to hire someone in to your team. You’ve a

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The benefits of team work

What’s the difference between high street and volume conveyancing firms?

In my role at BCL Legal I speak to lots of candidates spending time with them helping them find and secure the job that they desire. Spending quality time with candidates both face to face and over the phone really allows me to understand what

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April kicked off with…. April fools!

Why am I unhappy in my job?

The BBC recently reported on the findings of The World Happiness Report and that Norway is now the happiest place on earth, knocking neighbouring Denmark from the top spot. 1000 people from over 150 counties are asked a range of questions each year including the

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The Law and the Economy

Paralegal Recruitment

BCL Legal is a niche legal recruitment business with offices in London, Birmingham and Manchester. We supply paralegals and lawyers to law firms and in-house legal teams on both a permanent and temporary basis. Over the last six months we have seen an increase in

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Interview tips for solicitors

As a legal recruiter, I talk candidates through their interview preparation every day. I often find myself saying ‘it goes without saying…’ in the hope of not appearing patronising when giving advice but it is surprising how many people lack basic interview skills so here

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The Perfect Match!

The impact of Article 50 in property

March 2017 was another monumental month in British history as Theresa May triggered Article 50. Since our controversial vote to leave the EU, there has been a lot of speculation regarding what an EU departure would look like for the UK housing market. I have

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

Will my LinkedIn photo have an impact on my chances of getting a job?

This may (in parts) come across as a melodramatic rant. I assure you it’s not, it has been thoroughly thought out. In October 2014 I wrote a blog about taking care of what you post online and how this may reflect on you professionally. For

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Calling to speak about your next career move?

Here is some advice on how to get the most out of your call… “Good morning/afternoon BCL Legal Lauren speaking”….. Is how you’ll first be introduced to me. I am the assistant to the consultants on the in-house team. I will be your first port

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Worst interview ever?

Yorkshire isn’t all about Leeds

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a Leeds girl. I love the city, the people, the unreliable football team and the shopping! But, I’ll let you into a secret that those living and working outside of Yorkshires biggest city won’t want you to know… The county

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