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Category Archives: Recruitment

Qualification quandaries?

When is a good time to change jobs?

As a specialist legal recruiter, this is a question that comes up pretty often when I speak to candidates. I suppose most people would expect me to say “right now” and “I actually have the perfect job for you!” Cringe cringe cringe! At BCL Legal

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Birmingham Property Hype… speeds up!

Why should I be a recruitment consultant?

So, you have been thinking about becoming a recruitment consultant? Us ‘rec cons’ can get a bad press, alongside estate agents, window sales people, car salesmen, and ‘white van drivers’, almost any general sales roles… the list could go on! Is all the hot air

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The Apprentice Week 2: “Fur Trees”, Breakdancing and Keeping Score

And so we come to week two. I went to see Blade Runner 2049 at the weekend. Amongst other things, the film throws up some big existential questions: what is a soul? What is it to be human? Isn’t Ryan Gosling’s hair nice? But none

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Don’t worry, be happy

I heard this song for the first time in ages the other evening – on Jo Whiley’s show, of all places (OK, OK – I listen to Radio 2). Four simple words, yet they resonated with me and got me thinking about my own journey

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Why interview prep can keep you ahead of the competition

Should I look for a new job?

It’s a strange question really isn’t it? Especially when it’s a recruitment consultant asking you if you’re sure it’s the right time to make a move. But here at BCL Legal we firmly believe in being consultative with our candidates and sometimes the result of

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Why using more than one recruitment agency is the worst move you can make

Three years in Legal Recruitment – What I’ve learnt!

My first day in recruitment was the 1st of September 2014. I’d finished university and had a summer of travelling Europe which was my last ‘blowout’ before starting my first post university job and career in recruitment. So three years on, what have I learnt?

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

What I will teach my Sons

I recently wrote a blog about what I will teach my daughter as she grows up. As much as some of it was tongue in cheek, the response has been very interesting in that it seems to echo what a lot of women were taught

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Being the new guy

A recruiting story – client feedback

This is an anecdotal story from the world of recruitment. I wanted to write it all down before I forgot the incident, this way it will stand as a record of what occurred and an example of some of the best constructive feedback I have

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Uber, Deliveroo and Being a Recruiter

I recently sent a mailer to a number of lawyers to see if they had any interest in considering a move to recruitment. One person responded with a question: “I take it that BCL does not pay a basic salary if your recruiters are self

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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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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Raising Money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital

The interesting and very comforting thing about working for a business such as BCL Legal is how well looked after we are. I’m very lucky, having cut my teeth as a paralegal with three very reputable law firms before joining BCL Legal in 2016, I

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Difficult Conversations

Stressed about starting your new job?

At the time of writing this blog, my 6 (and a half!!) year old daughter has enjoyed 6 weeks of freedom aka the summer holidays. It was her first day back at school going into year 2 with a new teacher, new classroom, and new

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