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Category Archives: Work environment/ culture

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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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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Assessing your options

Why BCL Legal over another recruitment agency?

From the outset I am going to say that I am very biased. In my opinion, the team at BCL Legal are fantastic – we get on well both in the office and out for drinks…..as well as at team building events like rock climbing

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What does good customer service in residential conveyancing mean to you?

I recently went on holiday to Boston. No not Boston in Lincolnshire (although I have heard it’s nice there) but Boston in America, the home of MIT, Harvard, the freedom trail and of course the Samuel Adams brewery. I had been looking forward to this

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

Does racism still exist in Law firms?

I think not, or at least I hope not… Growing up in the UK as a child of Sri Lankan parents meant I would always be a little bit different. I went to a school in Derbyshire that wasn’t particularly ethnically diverse and in my

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Is my job making me ill?

Burnout is a real problem for solicitors in today’s legal world… Throughout our years at university and college we are working towards a future where we have our dream job, plenty of money and a fantastic lifestyle. What we don’t think about is the pressures

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Candidate rich market for Commercial Property

Paternity Leave and the Gender Pay Gap

I recently read a couple of articles that have made me stop and think. I read a report that MPs are being advised that men should be “made” to take Paternity leave. I also read an article highlighting that even if men and women are

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

Will my LinkedIn photo have an impact on my chances of getting a job?

This may (in parts) come across as a melodramatic rant. I assure you it’s not, it has been thoroughly thought out. In October 2014 I wrote a blog about taking care of what you post online and how this may reflect on you professionally. For

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