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What time of year is best to secure a new job?

  • Katherine Scarff

Is it just me or has it started to feel a little bit chillier? Dark nights, leaves falling and festive lights going up, Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier each year. I mean we’ve not even had bonfire night yet and the lights are going up and the smell of mulled wine is definitely there. Thinking of this in a recruitment context, Christmas will be here in no time and let me tell you things will...

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Apprentice Week 8 – It’s a Dog’s Life

  • Rob Barklamb

Imagine the scene, Lord Sugar, Karen and Claude are sitting in a cigar smoke – filled room with a gaggle of TV executives. Remains of a banquet lie on a long table; they are now into the hard stuff, a fine claret for Claude, Kristal for Karen and a light and bitter for Lord Sugar. They are having a “thought shower” for tasks for the Apprentices, when one Exec wonders aloud. “How far can we make them...

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Can I leave work without notice?

  • James Grayston

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 thought, and others which simply cannot! As a recruiter in residential conveyancing I often hear of the high pressured and high volume environments that my clients...

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You can’t judge a book by its cover

  • Emma Fielding

I studied law at university with the sole aim of becoming a qualified solicitor. I am proud of the fact that I accomplished that goal and had a very interesting a fulfilling career in the law. I gained many additional skills, which, in spite of my academic background, can only be taught in practice. As with everything in life, things change, your aspirations, your financial goals and your...

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How long should you stay in one job?

  • Chloe Matthews

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 or an anomaly in 2017? I come from a family of teachers where my mum worked at the same school for 35 years and my dad worked in two schools during his career. To...

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Hot Property

  • Henry Bain

Having only been in the recruitment business for about a month it has struck me how many firms are looking for that perfect candidate with “at least 4 years of post qualification experience.” Particularly guilty of this are firms currently looking to fill their real estate vacancies, holding out for their perfect candidate to arise and meet their “business needs.” Why is this? Candidates who have...

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How to make a good first impression

  • Gishan Abeyratne

It’s true what they say, first impressions last and it’s a shame that you only get one because they really do count. It can be incredibly difficult to make a good first impression but that might depend on the situation. Equally so, it might be really easy, but again this would also depend on the situation. Let’s consider a few examples of when one might consider it prudent to make a good first...

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Apprentice Week 7 – We Need to Talk about Elizabeth

  • Rob Barklamb

I’m a keen hillwalker and so get drawn to films and documentaries about mountaineering and the like. Two very good examples of this genre are K2: The Killer Summit which concerns a disastrous 2008 attempt to climb K2 which saw 11 people lose their lives, and then there’s the 2015 film Everest, which tells the story of a similarly disastrous 1996 attempt to reach the summit of Everest, which saw 12...

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Why should I stay in my current job?

  • Ria Karnik

I suppose it’s a strange question for a recruitment consultant to ask really. According to general perception, we recruiters are all about convincing you to make a move – after all, it’s what our business is based upon. That being said, it is a question that we at BCL ask our candidates. It’s not that we don’t want you to move – but we feel that by asking this question we can get a really solid...

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Why should you work with a recruiter exclusively? What are the benefits to you?

  • Mike Huggins

Caution: Vested interest to declare, I`m a legal recruiter! I`m going to tell you my thought process when recruiting in different situations and so by the end of this short blog you can determine what version of, recruiter/me, you would prefer to work with. The simple path to legal recruitment looks like this: job vacancy; get recruiters involved; interview lawyers; make offer; fill vacancy. At...