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Should I leave my job?

  • Emma Delli-Bovi

A Gallup poll of more than one million employed US workers, found that the number one reason people quit their jobs is that they don’t like their boss. Apparently the survey determined that 75% of workers who voluntarily left their jobs did so because of their boss and not actually because they disliked the role itself. This is slightly different to another survey conducted in August 2016 by Paychex....

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Data Privacy – The next big thing

  • Raj Sidhu

I’ve worked as an interim legal recruiter for the past 15 years and during this time I’ve come to realise that the there seems to be a demand for a certain skill set at any given time. In recent years the demand in London has been very much focused on transactional real estate lawyers and litigation lawyers. The property market has been booming and this has created a steady demand for real estate...

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Why training at a high street/smaller firm could be a bonus

  • Henry Bain

Like golf clubs that don’t let in women members, some of the top tier firms used to be out of reach for a lot of people. If you hadn’t gone to the right University, got the right grades and trained at the right firm, you didn’t really stand a chance of moving into the “promised land.” But has that changed in the recent past? We recently placed a girl from a high street firm into a top tier real...

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How much information should I give my recruiter?

  • Katherine Scarff

Looking for a new job is time consuming, anyone knows that, but there are ways of making the process so much smoother and saving yourself so much time. You might think how annoying I have to speak to a recruiter during the day when you are busy at work and let them know about where you are up to and why you are looking I mean the list goes on, but we do understand and can speak outside of hours. Lets be...

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Burn the banks, it’s time for PSD2!

  • Mike Huggins

It feels like BREXIT and GDPR have drowned out some significant regulatory changes which are going to fundamentally change the way that banking occurs. A much smarter man than I said “Banking is necessary but banks are not”. I`m starting to come around to his way of thinking (as all my friends know when I bore them to death about the future of cryptocurrency and Ripple/XRP in particular). For those...

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Don’t discredit more expensive experience over cheap youth…experience is worth its weight in gold

  • Sam Vincent

As the candidate pool grows tighter with each month so do the number of roles which have to show more flex in their specification. From the large internationals to the smaller high street practices, firms have to be more creative with what they are looking for. Back in the day we would see firms saying that they could look more junior but not more senior; the old phrase “you buy cheap, you buy often”...

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Where do I fit in?

  • Gishan Abeyratne

I find that my morning train journey is a good time for philosophical thought, which often seems more like an existential crisis come to think of it. But as I sit there gazing out of the window moving at 125 miles per hour through the Derbyshire and Staffordshire countryside watching the morning sun trying to warm the morning frost, I cannot help but think about my place in the world. We are an...

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Try not to bring your negative experiences to interview

  • Mark Levine

The vast majority of lawyers that I am working with - in helping them find their next career move- are looking for what I would describe as positive moves, i.e., nothing is bad where they are, it is more about looking for the next career move/ opportunity. But of course there are always a few who I am helping who have had or are having a bad experience. I have advised lawyers, who, for example have...

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Week 10: The Value of a Great Selection Process

  • Rob Barklamb

After last week’s show opened with James in his undies to answer the dawn alarm call, it was with great trepidation that Liz entered into shot for this week’s call. Thankfully her dressing gown remained wrapped up and we saw no more than a tantalising glimpse of ankle – it was more than enough. This week our intrepid band of would be Apprentices entered the wonderful world of fashion which, Shuggsy...

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My top reasons why lawyers don’t accept job offers: (in no particular order)

  • Mark Levine

  1. Lack of ‘emotional buy in’ during the recruitment process. The interviewing company got what they needed out of the process but the interviewee didn’t.
  2. The offer was disappointing (to say the least). Coming in with a ‘low ball offer’ is like popping a balloon. All the excitement that has been building up during the recruitment process escapes with a bang – making it, on most occasions, impossible...