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Category Archives: Recruitment

Being the new guy

Where is the solicitors’ profession today – where will it be tomorrow?

I love numbers and statistics; the argument goes that they can be manipulated, misinterpreted and are very dangerous to the unwary who are unwilling to apply their own critical thinking. However, what I do find is if you put all your internal biases to one

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A Change is as Good as a Rest

What to wear to an interview

Those all important first few moments of the meeting go a long way. What you wear and how you present can make or break the interview in the first couple of minutes. To set the meeting off to a good start, you need to make

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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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How do I attract better quality candidates to my law firm?

We all know that recruiting staff is getting tougher and tougher. We are living in a nation of more and more retirees, with less and less Gen-Xers to take their place. The upshot? A war for the limited resource left. As companies try to up

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

Leasehold Reforms – not before time

The looming changes in the law surrounding leasehold properties and ground rent will come as a breath of fresh for many home buyers and those caught in developer hell with spiralling costs. The main proposals include removing help-to-buy equity loan support on new-build houses sold

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Why are Recruiters so bad?

For a little over a decade I’ve committed my working life to recruitment and for the most part I feel like I have helped both my clients and candidates to achieve things that they wanted to. Generally speaking I don’t think that I’ve been too

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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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Assessing your options

Making time for an interview

Sometimes making the decision to start to look for a new role feels like the biggest hurdle. It’s a big step, and if you have been in your current role for a number of years it can seem quite daunting. However, what happens when you’re

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A marathon or a sprint?

No feedback on a job application?

Let’s face it. The process of securing a new job can be pretty stressful. In fact it is often listed in the top 10 most stressful events you will experience during your life. So the last thing you need when you do embark on the

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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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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

How to find a new job

I would say two of my favourite past times are cooking and socialising, I really do enjoy hosting a good dinner party with my nearest and dearest. I tend to find I have my most creative inspiration whilst on the train home of an evening

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Difficult Conversations

Notice Period Pitfalls

Following on from my last blog which focused on resignations and the counter offer epidemic, it’s time to shift the focus onto notice periods and how to avoid the pitfalls. From the job seeker’s perspective, a lengthy notice period can really zap the energy, excitement

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