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

Is the legal profession lagging behind others when it comes to focusing so heavily on school and university grades?

Two articles caught my attention in the past couple of weeks. The first was on www.thelawyer.com and was titled “My career story: I left school at 16 – now I’m a partner” and tells the story of Donna McCarthy, a partner at Devonshires. From a

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

Creative Clusters in the UK and the demand for in-house lawyers

An article by Insider Media recently highlighted a study compiled by Nesta and Creative England. The Geography of Creative study, found that in addition to more-established creative clusters, like London, Brighton, Bristol, Manchester, Edinburgh and Liverpool, other areas are starting to have a significant impact.

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Are you afraid to read this blog?

What do you do at the weekend?

Do you remember when you were back in school and there was that one lesson, usually around the time you were applying for work experience, when the teacher sat the whole class down and talked you through writing a CV? Back then when you’re 15

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

The Job search: what do lawyers really care about?

The recruitment market is more competitive each and every day. Lack of investment in commercial/ corporate lawyers between 2009 and 2014 by the law firms means that the knock on effect is the ‘product’ is in short supply. This is the biggest issue affecting recruiting

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Been there…. Done that….

Personable Yet Professional

As a specialist insurance recruitment consultant, I work for leading insurance and personal injury firms across the Midlands and the South West. A notable trend I have noticed with top tier firms, that dominate their respective markets, is that each has a very formulaic and

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How to prepare for an interview

Living the Paralegal Dream

The Paralegal is one of the most indistinct jobs within the legal sector, with no set rules and regulations about what they do! Some paralegals are highly experienced professionals who focus solely on one practice area and who work to the level of trainees. 60

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Difficult Conversations

Dreaming of holidays and cocktails on the beach……

I am, are you?? It’s that time of year when I can’t help but imagine myself laid elegantly on the beach, sipping a cool and refreshing cocktail with a gentle breeze, a good book, a beautiful view and the melodic sound of the waves lapping

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Assessing your options

Work anniversaries – how do they make you feel?

I have just had my 1 year work anniversary at BCL Legal. It’s a great time for me to reflect upon the good times that I have had – including my successes and achievements, the excellent Christmas party and the working relationships that I have

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Are you making the most of your career in law?

What not to say in an interview

You have been invited to interview with a company you are interested in, for an opportunity you would like to find out more about, congratulations! Here is your chance to make a real impression. Here’s how to make sure it is the impression that you

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BTSS AGM

Have you heard the one about the Englishwomen, Scotswomen and German woman?

I am sure that Angela Merkel, Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May have many things in common in addition to being exceptional politicians. For a recruitment consultant who spends a reasonable amount of time talking to candidates about how to make their career work around their

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Don’t believe everything you hear

Bore out – the new burn out…..

I read a news article the other day covering a story which at first I thought had to be a hoax but as I read on I realised was legitimate for a number of reasons. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/02/frenchman-demands-280000-after-being-bored-out-of-his-job/ The story related to a Frenchman who is suing

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Working from home – benefits for the employee

Set out one’s stall

Collins English Dictionary: to make the necessary arrangements for the achievement of something and show that one is determined to achieve it When embarking on your search for the perfect job, I would recommend a couple of things: In what is such a candidate driven

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