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Job-hunting? If you know what you want, is it OK to ask for it?

It might seem an unreasonable thing to some of us Brits who’d rather not offend, but, rather than getting 15 pairs of socks this year, I’ve decided to think about what I actually need (and like) and tell my loved ones what to get me!

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The benefits of updating your legal recruiter, even if you’re not looking!

Let me tell you, as a legal recruitment consultant, I’ve built a thick skin. I must leave hundreds of voicemail messages a day and send bags of emails to individuals that go ignored. Sometimes I can understand why people don’t respond – the most obvious

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How do you know if it’s the right time to move jobs?

When’s the right time if you don’t have any time in the first place? You want a new job but you’re mega busy! There’s the day-to-day grind where you barely find a minute to yourself. Then there’s the kids and family; you need to sort

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Why a good legal recruitment agency should operate with specialist teams

There are several things to consider when choosing a good legal recruitment agency, or any industry-specific recruiter for that matter. One significant factor is how an agency’s structured and whether it operates in discipline-specific teams to ensure you’re getting a thorough and accurate client or

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Character versus credentials – what’s more important at interview stage?

One thing I’ve noticed – recruiting for top-tier law firms (that dominate in their respective markets) – is the interview process doesn’t differ that much law firm to law firm; more often than not, the difference between securing an offer and being unsuccessful has less to do with your skill-set than

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‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’: a barometer of London’s summer recruitment activity

The UK summer of 2018 has been the fourth hottest on record with temperatures reaching 33 degrees Celsius in the Met Office’s Stephenson Screen; my back garden thermometer nearly exploded with the mercury rising to 40 degrees Celsius in the direct sunshine! ‘Slip! Slop! Slap!’ comes

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Newly qualified solicitor? How to make sure your law firm is looking after you!

With September just about upon us, many trainees are gearing up to begin their career as a newly qualified solicitor (NQ). This can be a daunting and stressful time (as it is for most people moving jobs), but let’s not forget your life’s work has

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How do you know if a lawyer – or law firm – is the right cultural fit?

When I ask lawyers what their top priority is in seeking out a new role, I get a variety of responses: for some, money is the main driver; for others, they’re prepared to take a pay cut on the promise of a better work/life balance,

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Why does ‘time fly’ so quickly when you’re working in legal recruitment?

Reflecting on my first year in legal recruitment, it’s safe to say, it’s been quite the journey. I started at BCL Legal with no previous recruitment experience, and from Day One it’s been a year of fast-paced on-the-job learning coupled with regular training and development.

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

The questions you must ask yourself before you enter into the recruitment process

Commitment is an essential component of job hunting, and whilst this might seem an obvious point to make, it’s important to stress it to anyone entering – or considering entering – the recruitment process. If you decide to engage with a firm in relation to

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Continued Demand for Real Estate Lawyers.

The demand for bi- and multi-lingual document review lawyers

In recent years, the demand for qualified lawyers and paralegals with foreign language skills has significantly increased, especially in relation to document review roles. The ability to read and analyse complex legal writing in foreign languages is necessary for projects involving multi-national documents. Therefore, bilingual and

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I’ll soon be an NQ lawyer, should I have a job backup plan?

The end is in sight! You’ve completed your degree, perhaps the GDL, the LPC and now two years as a trainee. You’re about to become a solicitor, but first, you need to find out if you’re being retained. It’s a tense and nerve-racking time. That’s

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