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Do you know what you want?

Bon Jovi have been around since 1979. For four decades they have been writing, producing and performing some of the best and most iconic rock music to span multiple generations. They rank amongst the greats; Aerosmith, ACDC, the Rolling Stones, Metallica, The Who, Queen, The

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In the current generational war, does Generation X have the best characteristics of the Baby boomers and the millennials with none of the downsides?

Unless you live under a rock, I am sure you have seen the crass words being exchanged, between the baby boomers and the millennials. Opinions differ about the parameters that define each group, but boomers are generally thought to have been born between 1946 and

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It’s who you know not what you know

We have all heard this before it’s who you know not what you know. As a recruiter it’s part of the job, asking a candidate who else you know. It’s something I have always done and will continue to do and if I am honest,

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The Reputation of a Recruiter

The clear reputation about the recruitment industry has been talked about for years. It is something like ‘Fee hungry recruiters working in a ‘cut throat’ industry, with no sense of team work.’ Here at BCL, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Let’s break this

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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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Ireland V England 2017

As an avid England rugby fan I sat down to watch last Saturday’s final match in the six nations with a mixture of excitement and trepidation. Excitement that England could win the first back to back grand slam of the six nations era and excitement

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Leeds – The next UK city to win the European Capital of Culture?

On the 23rd February 2017 Leeds officially launched it bid to become the European Capital of Culture 2023. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept of the European competition, it’s an annual competition that is awarded to a new City in Europe each year

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Selling is a two way street!

This week, I have been reminded in a couple of different ways, how important it is for firms to sell themselves to candidates at interview. It seems so obvious but when you are in the throws of interviewing the process can become trying to say

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The ultimate interview curveball question: What are your salary expectations?

Questions surrounding salary expectations can often be quite tricky to answer. From the perspective of the interviewer, the answer represents a benchmark figure to work from should things progress but it also can provide insight into an individual’s suitability for a role. On the other

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Work-life balance – can lawyers now ‘have it all’?

The legal profession has never had much of a reputation for being progressive when it comes to flexible working. When you signed up to being a solicitor, you pretty much knew you were staring down the barrel of long hours and 25 days holidays a

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Thinking of moving away from Personal Injury? Think again!

According to the latest economic forecast, up to 35,000 jobs may be at risk as a result of the impending PI reforms. If the government proposals do come in law 4 out of 5 people directly employed in personal injury claims may be at risk

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Why interview prep can keep you ahead of the competition

So, we’ve sent your CV, it’s been viewed by hiring managers and they want to interview you! It’s all looking very positive and you’re now thinking about the interview process. How are you going to demonstrate to the interviewers that you’re the right choice for

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