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Category Archives: In-house

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

Be warned: this is what your overly wordy CV tells me about you

I have just opened up a CV of a senior lawyer and immediately my heart has plummeted. All I can see are words – 1600 of them in 10 fulsome paragraphs with the odd spattering of bullet points. I have read in the past that

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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

Legal staff – delivered to you for free!

There is a genre of role asked to assist with from time to time where my response is “yes, but only if you don’t pay us”. I’m referring to intern / graduate / LPC roles. This is a level of role that in the main

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

More than ever recruitment consultants should be viewed as allies of HR/ Resourcing and not the enemy

With more and more businesses utilising direct sourcing models in the first instance I am seeing the following issues arise: Scenario 1: Candidate is approached directly by a company but has not responded to the approach (often via Linked IN). Scenario 2: Candidate has responded

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Being the new guy

How to best prepare for an interview… and one mistake that you will never recover from!

“So tell me, what do you know about this company?” It doesn’t matter at what point in the interview this question comes up, it is one you should always have an answer for. A lawyer that I was recently assisting with an in-house legal move

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