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Category Archives: New job

Why is it important to have loyal employees?

Loyal employees are a major asset to the success of any company. What’s interesting, is I often find businesses assume their employees’ loyalty; a belief this comes automatically because the employee is in a steady job. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Loyalty isn’t

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I don’t understand my notice period, can you help?

Most people (not all) know what their notice period is as in most circumstances it’s clearly stated in their contract of employment, or employment terms and conditions. But believe it or not, I’m asked this question a lot: I don’t understand my notice period, can

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What can I do if my job role changes?

Securing your dream job is a fantastic feeling: from the interview stage to your very first day. The main goal of any job search is to secure an opportunity with a firm that makes you happy and keeps you satisfied. However, sometimes the job you

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

Essential tips on how to hand in your notice to ensure it’s a smooth ride

The thought of handing in your notice after several years of service is pretty daunting. You worry how the news will be received, and want to ensure things stay positive as you serve it out (usually 3 months in the legal profession). You might also worry

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

Resigning from your job? How to navigate ‘the break-up’ conversation

Leaving a job is never easy.  Your current firm afforded you an opportunity and invested in your training and development; helping you to progress your career.  It’s natural to feel a degree of loyalty regardless of your motivations to move. We’re programmed to resist change and it takes

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Good recruiters are superheroes!

An interviewee from the legal profession recently asked me what I thought were the top three attributes it took to make a good recruitment consultant (answer to follow), but the bottom line is that a good recruiter is a Superhero, such is the rare blend

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Law firm struggling to hire? How offering flexibility helps you stay competitive

Within my first few weeks in recruitment, one thing became very clear. Competition for talent is rife, and finding and retaining skilled solicitors is difficult. Not being able to attract and retain talent can impact a firm in so many ways. As a start, a shortage of

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April kicked off with…. April fools!

Should I apply for a new job?

There are various factors to take into account when deciding to apply for a new role but with the market being as competitive as it is, bear in mind, prospective employers are now more likely to be inclusive rather than exclusive when considering applications for

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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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Should I accept a job offer right away?

I’m asked this question a lot. It’s an exciting time and a huge relief to receive a job offer, isn’t it? So why would someone go through the lengthy process of tailoring their CV and attend multiple interviews only to reject it? Each firm has weighed you up

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