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Category Archives: In-house

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

What challenges face the in-house Lawyer? How do I progress my career within the company?

Even the largest of In-house legal teams are small compared to the overall size of the business and as the first main contact for legal queries from all angles; you are likely to have a constant flow of queries that require immediate attention. In private

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Social Media and its impact on your job prospects

Senior In-house Counsel – does your employer value your role?

The roles and responsibilities of an in-house lawyer vary wildly from company to company and consequently the value that legal can add to a business, or it is expected to add, is often determined by what has gone before, by budget and/or the vision and

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Don’t worry, be happy

I heard this song for the first time in ages the other evening – on Jo Whiley’s show, of all places (OK, OK – I listen to Radio 2). Four simple words, yet they resonated with me and got me thinking about my own journey

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Why interview prep can keep you ahead of the competition

Should I look for a new job?

It’s a strange question really isn’t it? Especially when it’s a recruitment consultant asking you if you’re sure it’s the right time to make a move. But here at BCL Legal we firmly believe in being consultative with our candidates and sometimes the result of

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Being the new guy

A recruiting story – client feedback

This is an anecdotal story from the world of recruitment. I wanted to write it all down before I forgot the incident, this way it will stand as a record of what occurred and an example of some of the best constructive feedback I have

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Uber, Deliveroo and Being a Recruiter

I recently sent a mailer to a number of lawyers to see if they had any interest in considering a move to recruitment. One person responded with a question: “I take it that BCL does not pay a basic salary if your recruiters are self

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

Why is a photo on your CV seen as creepy? – Should you include a photo on your CV

A recent article from the online news site Quartz picked up on the topic of photos attached to your resumé (CV). With the fabulous headline, ‘your social media profile makes you human. Why is it creepy on resumés?’, the article seeks to highlight some of

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Being the new guy

What is the most important soft skill to succeed in an in-house legal career?

“Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once!” An immortal line from probably one of the worst sitcoms I`ve ever seen, but then I am a back-end Generation X member. At a mere 10 years old, when Allo Allo was finally put out its

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May the force be with you

Game of Thrones

Like many millions around the world, I am borderline obsessed with Game of Thrones. While it’s on TV I am 100% dedicated to watching it on a Monday night. This is usually followed by much talk in the office on a Tuesday morning and gloating

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Offer declined! Another warning about slow recruitment processes

I found this on LinkedIn – to date it has over 7,000 ‘likes’ and 322 comments. START Recruiter: Offer declined – Candidate accepted another offer. Manager – Why? How did that happen? Recruiter: We took too long. Manager – It’s been only 3 weeks since

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

Recruiting right now? How your internal recruitment team can make or break the process for you

The premise of my blog may seem rather odd, as you would expect a company’s internal recruitment function to have its best interests at heart, however in a significant number of cases this is simply not the case. A good internal recruitment function can be

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Questions to stay away from at interview

Hot air or Hot advice – we prefer to give the latter!

As previous blog posts have mentioned, I strongly believe in being open and honest throughout a recruitment process. Yes, those looking for a new position need to be open and honest with their ambitions and requirements as well as accurate in describing their experience and

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