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Category Archives: West Midlands

Qualification quandaries?

A great year for Birmingham

As we have approached the New Year there are lots of things to celebrate and look forward to. It is also a good time to reflect on the past years achievements and successes and look forward to the future. In my little world it is

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Eddie Jones – World Rugby Coach of the Year

Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog about the lessons that those attempting to build elite teams could learn from the demise of Stuart Lancaster as England Rugby coach – be they rugby fans or not. On the day that Eddie Jones is recognised

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Can I leave work without notice?

Had a bad morning or afternoon? Maybe a bad day starts to finish? Perhaps even a bad week or month? The world of residential conveyancing has thrown up a number things over the last month or so, some of which can be explained through logical

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Qualification quandaries?

How long should you stay in one job?

An interesting and very subjective question! As I approach my two year work anniversary at BCL Legal I have been pondering on the fact that 3 years is pretty much the longest I have ever worked at one company. So does that make me normal

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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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A Change is as Good as a Rest

Pride of Britain Awards

When I woke up on Tuesday morning my social media news feeds were inundated with pictures from the Pride of Britain Awards. For me, the glitterati never fail to disappoint! I love looking at the pretty dresses and handsome tuxedos gracing the red carpet. Quite

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Career Plans

Top tips for success at your NQ interview

What I have noticed in recent times is that, more often than not, lawyers interviewing for NQ roles are subject to a technical test coupled with a conventional CV based face to face meeting with recruiting partners. This may not ring true across all disciplines

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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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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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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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