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Category Archives: In-house

For recruitment to work, recruiting client and recruiter need to work in partnership.

BCL Legal has just been dis-instructed on a role. Why? Read on… After trying to recruit directly the organisation accepted our offer of assistance – on a ‘no placement, no fee’ basis. We got to work immediately with a time line that looked like this:

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How to win the recruitment war

I am working with five different businesses, all based in Manchester, who are looking for the same qualities in their next legal hire. • 2-5 years PQE • Strong academics • Reputable training • Some industry experience (ideally) These businesses range from a FTSE250 technology business to a well

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

How much do British workers like their jobs and pay?

Last year, YouGov ran a poll to ascertain how many British workers liked their job and their wages. Producing an outcome that certainly surprised me, given our well documented period of austerity and inflation, the results confirmed that almost half of us – the 1,133

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The month of turned down job offers

If ever there was a month in the year to convey that an offer of employment is more likely to be turned down than accepted (by lawyers) November was it. Here are 8 examples from this month in the North West alone! 1. Manufacturing/ Services sector:

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Being the new guy

Burn the banks, it’s time for PSD2!

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

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Try not to bring your negative experiences to interview

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

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

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. The offer was disappointing (to say the least). Coming in with a ‘low ball offer’ is like popping a balloon. All

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

Try not to bring your negative experiences to interview

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

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Being the new guy

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

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

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South East vacancy trends, a summary of a recent Vacancysoft and APSCo report

Does a recruiter’s gut-feel still have a role to play in today’s modern assessment process?

A recent feature in LinkedIn’s Recruiting & Hiring section featured an interesting article by Jack Villiers, Talent Acquisition Partner – Technology at Just Eat. Jack’s article covers the change in the way that companies recruit staff and it poses an interesting question for employers, employees

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Shocking behaviour in the recruitment process, you might be surprised by who!

What challenges face the in-house Lawyer? How do I progress my career within the company?

Even the largest of In-house legal teams are small compared to the overall size of the business and as the first main contact for legal queries from all angles; you are likely to have a constant flow of queries that require immediate attention. In private

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Social Media and its impact on your job prospects

Senior In-house Counsel – does your employer value your role?

The roles and responsibilities of an in-house lawyer vary wildly from company to company and consequently the value that legal can add to a business, or it is expected to add, is often determined by what has gone before, by budget and/or the vision and

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