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Category Archives: Opportunity

Is it time for a new challenge?

Whatever job you do and wherever you work in the world, you will have transferable skills. Your role, on the face of it, might be niche, not offering any obvious benefits when starting your job search. However, the fact is, experience is experience – connections

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Don't let your academics hold you back

Questions to ask in a legal interview

A two-way street; questions to ask and points to avoid in a legal interview An interview should be viewed as a two-way street – traffic should flow in both directions. Too often candidates feel that the interviewer holds all the power but in a thriving

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Does your recruiter’s brand affect your job search?

Reading, UK

I’ve always enjoyed a challenge. Since January 2017, I have been responsible for our coverage for private practice clients and candidates in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Guildford. After 6 years’ spent exclusively covering the East and West Midlands, it is fair to say that I have

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

When should you start exploring the market leading up to qualification?

If you’re now in the second year of your training contract then you may have already started thinking about exploring the market. As always timing is important with these things and you may not be too sure about when to commence your job search. Hopefully

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

Should I move to London?

Yes. No. Maybe? It depends on the situation, surely?! I grew up in Derbyshire, it was wonderfully quaint and leafy but not somewhere I wanted to stay beyond 18 if I could avoid it. It was too quiet, I wanted some excitement! I went to

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BCL Legal held it’s first national careers roadshow in Sheffield

Why honesty is always the best policy

According to Collins Dictionary, “if you have integrity, you are honest and firm in your moral principles”. It’s a quality which frequently tops the charts as one of the top attributes of a great leader, a great business and a great employee. It’s one of

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

When Training Contracts Are Like Hens Teeth…Qualifying by Equivalent Means

About 16,000 people graduate in England & Wales each year with a Law degree these days, with a further 6,000 getting through the LPC each year, but unfortunately there’s only about 5,000 training contracts up for grabs each year, so the whole process gets more

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How do I become a Paralegal?

As I specialise in the recruitment of paralegals, I regularly receive calls from candidates who have recently graduated and are seeking a role but aren’t sure what they need to do to secure one. This can be particularly daunting for the majority of paralegals who

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Working from home – benefits for the employee

Should I stay or should I go

In my many years of being a recruiter I find all too often that someone will have a bad day at work – usually on a Monday and decides it’s time to leave. I will discuss options with them and by the Thursday, the situation

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The best there is, the best there was, the best there ever will be!

Interview Tips

In a previous blog I drew parallels between using a recruiter and online dating. I was out for dinner with a friend last week and we were discussing that particular blog and the advice I gave her in preparing for interviews; she is now a

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Qualification quandaries?

NQ Solicitor jobs

First of all if you are due to qualify this autumn, many congrats! All the hard work has paid off and you are joining a fantastic profession. So what is next? For many of you, you will have already secured a job on qualification with

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I need a new job and don’t know what to do?

One of the most important pieces of advice I can give you when you about to start your job search is to remove any preconceived perceptions you may have about perspective employers. Everyone has preconceived perceptions. Whether you have a predetermined idea of a restaurant,

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