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Category Archives: Work environment/ culture

Why are my employees leaving?

It’s a fact – people don’t leave bad businesses, they leave bad managers. Probably the worst place a good employee can be, is stuck in a company with a micro-manager that doesn’t know what they are doing and blocking their opportunities for growth and advancement.

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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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Why you should always attend your interview

Working mum – Are you one?

I have recently returned to work after 12 months of maternity leave having enjoyed a whole year off so that I could have quality time with my twins. Thinking back, as my return date loomed closer, the more I was filled with that horrible sinking

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Recruitment: It’s just Matching the Right Person with the Right Job, Right?

We welcome applications to work at BCL from those who are not in recruitment. We have many successful consultants here who have come from the Law or backgrounds other than recruitment. As such, if you are reading this as a non recruiter considering working for

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

What I will teach my Daughter

It is indisputable that we live in an age where rampant extremist ideologies are given significant air time on social media and have been allowed to achieve greater penetration into society than ever before. For example, at the weekend I read an article where someone

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Difficult Conversations

Can women really have it all?

Apparently six out of ten women feel having children is bad for your career. I was surprised at this as thought the figure would be lower, it is 2017 after all but it got me thinking….Can women really have it all – the family, the

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Love at first sight

Avoiding counter offers

There is a fine line between becoming a cynical old recruiter and being realistic and anticipating the inevitable. Counter offers are rife and can happen at any point in the process. The market is very candidate driven at the moment and there is nothing worse

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

A recruiter’s life for me…

It’s well known that recruitment is one of the most exciting and fast paced industries to work in. I’ve been with BCL nearly 5 months now and so I thought it was the perfect time to take a moment to reflect. It’s month end today

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The BBC, Gender Pay Gaps and Recruitment

So, it would appear from the BBC’s reporting of how much it pays its top talent, that presenting TV and radio shows and are things which men do much better than women. Similarly, just having some indefinable “star quality” is something men have in spades,

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

My First Year at BCL!

Twelve months ago I walked into the swish BCL offices on the middle of Deansgate not knowing what to expect and whether my first move in recruitment was going to be the right one. Today, I can happily say it was 100% the right decision.

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Employee Engagement and the Legal sector

A recent article in The Telegraph made for interesting reading this week. Titled ‘Bad jobs harm growth and make people miserable’, the article features comment from employment tsar Matthew Taylor and Bank of England chief economist Andy Haldane. Matthew Taylor is on record as saying

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