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Category Archives: Career talks/seminars

BTSS events: the upcoming Secret Garden Party, and the stand out benefits from getting involved with industry networking groups

The Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (or BTSS as it’s more commonly known) is made up of over 300 newly qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. As a junior lawyer, there’s no better forum to get

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The personal price of non-compliance

Keith Packer is 6’1” and has blue eyes.  Whilst it’s likely I would’ve guessed this as he stood in front of me and a room full of lawyers at the ‘In Conversation with Keith Packer’ event at Shoosmiths’s new Manchester office last week, I came to

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

Should I use a recruiter or do I search for my own job?

When you make the first move to embark on the daunting task of changing jobs, where do you start? Typically typing ‘recruitment’ or ‘law’ or ‘fee earner’ sends your search engine into absolute over drive, you become faced with a sea of job links and

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I need to reschedule or cancel my interview – what do I need to do?

There are a number of reasons why you might have to cancel or reschedule an interview. As recruiters, we understand this and so do our clients. However, it’s very important to communicate any delays or problems as soon as possible. This allows for two things. Firstly,

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NQ preparation 2018

With lots of impending changes particularly within the PI and Insurance market it’s really important you prepare well for any interviews you have. There are still lots of great roles with in the PI market for NQ solicitors; however competition is fierce, particularly in the

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From legal practice to recruitment – how did I end up here?

I can picture myself in 2010, bright eyed and bushy tailed (or if we’re being realistic, a bit worse for wear after a fresher’s night out) at a university careers talk. If you’d approached me then and asked what I’d be doing in eight years,

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The DNA of a Champion

BCL Legal holds its annual NQ seminar in conjunction with the Newcastle JLD

Earlier last month BCL Legal held its annual NQ seminar in conjunction with the Newcastle JLD at Bealim House in Newcastle City Centre. Not only was this a hugely successful event, it was also held in a gin bar. What more do you need?! First

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A bike commuter’s thoughts on the next generation of lawyers

Words of wisdom for NQs from an experienced top tier interviewer

Last Thursday evening we held our annual Leeds NQ event at Revolution Call Lane, a series of short talks followed by drinks, food and informal networking. I gave everyone an overview of what we’re expecting from the NQ season this year, where we anticipate roles

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Two essential things you should do when applying for a job

After a day out of the office on Friday and with a raft of CVs in my inbox after some new job postings, a big chunk of my Monday was spent going through CVs I had received in application for some of our internal vacancies.

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NQ Careers Roadshow Hits Leeds

The NQ season is ready to go….

We’re rapidly approaching that time of year when second year trainee solicitors turn their attentions in earnest to their post-qualified careers, thinking about which practice area/s they want to qualify into, whether they want to stay in the same city or move, what kind of

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Why are my employees leaving?

This is a question I am sure many of you ask, when a flurry of notices land on your desk…? Why do people quit? What is so wrong that it is making people want to leave? A large multi-national PLC, recently conducted an analysis of

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

Should I stay or should I go? Six good reasons for moving on from your current firm.

Changing jobs – it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. It’s usually something that takes a considerable amount of thought; some self reflection and a reasonable amount of time before we decide to pursue this path. Let’s face facts – we spend a lot

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