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Category Archives: Legal Recruitment

Why sharing your post-interview feedback is critical if you want the job

“I think the interview went well but you never truly know, do you?” We’re British after all; so just like the restaurant waiter asking whether everything’s OK with your meal – you’ve just discussed this with your dinner partner and agree you’ll NEVER return to

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‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’: a barometer of London’s summer recruitment activity

The UK summer of 2018 has been the fourth hottest on record with temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius in the Met Office’s Stephenson Screen; my back garden thermometer nearly exploded with the mercury rising to 40 degrees Celsius in the direct sunshine! ‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’ comes

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Why does ‘time fly’ so quickly when you’re working in legal recruitment?

Reflecting on my first year in legal recruitment, it’s safe to say, it’s been quite the journey. I started at BCL Legal with no previous recruitment experience, and from Day One it’s been a year of fast-paced on-the-job learning coupled with regular training and development.

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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

The questions you must ask yourself before you enter into the recruitment process

Commitment is an essential component of job hunting, and whilst this might seem an obvious point to make, it’s important to stress it to anyone entering – or considering entering – the recruitment process. If you decide to engage with a firm in relation to

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When is and isn’t it OK to cancel a scheduled job interview

Is it OK to cancel a job interview? My gut response is no! The thought of candidates cancelling interviews that they and I have worked hard to secure is frustrating, and for those who’ve watched Sex and the City it reminds me of the episode

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Working with a legal recruiter? Why it’s important to pick up the phone rather than email

“When’s the best time to call you back?” This is a line I use day in and day out when speaking to lawyer or paralegal candidates. Although I understand how tricky it is to pick up the phone during work hours, especially when you’re sat in

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What’s your value – as a lawyer – in today’s market?

Most of the client presentations I’ve recently been to, emphasise how “tight” the current market is (when it comes to obtaining top talent).  Firms are increasingly clued up on the business cost of losing good people: the time it takes to refill the job, along

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Road Digging: An Associate’s Tale

It’s June 2008 on a hazy summer day in the Strand, London. Tourists are flocking and the pigeons from Trafalgar Square have been kicked out by Ken, so are watching from afar as the road worker starts up his pneumatic hammer. Bang! A jolt of

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BTSS events: the upcoming Secret Garden Party, and the stand out benefits from getting involved with industry networking groups

The Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (or BTSS as it’s more commonly known) is made up of over 300 newly qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. As a junior lawyer, there’s no better forum to get

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Interim positions: the importance of embedding yourself quickly for immediate impact

Interim roles present unique and diverse challenges that differ greatly from their permanent counterparts, and with the introduction of GDPR we’ve seen an increase in the volume and urgency of these positions within the in-house sector. Know your strengths For in-house lawyers interested in locum

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How to answer: ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years?’

One of the fundamental purposes (of an interview) for an interviewer is getting to know the lawyer candidate better: to understand what makes them tick as an individual, learn their career ambitions and gauge how committed they’re going to be to in the role. This

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Why changing your job isn’t as daunting as you might think

The Sheffield legal market: for job seeking lawyers and paralegals

Sheffield is on the up. The steel industry that put Sheffield on the map may be long gone, but like many Northern cities, it’s undergoing a transformation in a bid to reinvent itself. I absolutely love the city, which is why I’m so passionate about

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