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Category Archives: New job

Is making a counteroffer a wise move for my business?

Turnover vs attrition It’s without a doubt that staff retention should be on every good manager’s mind, whatever their profession. Why? It’s impossible to run an effective business when staff turnover is high; if you keep your existing staff happy they’re likely to turn into

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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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Have millennial lawyers got the right idea?

Recently, there’ve been a lot of articles reporting a rise in millennials who are ‘quitting’ their lucrative careers to live life differently. Headlines include: ‘Why more millennials are quitting lucrative jobs to travel’ and ‘43 per cent of millennials plan to quit their job within

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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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How your level of honesty with a recruiter contributes to the success of your job search

Considering a career change is a crucial time and because of this most job seekers will opt to work with one or more recruiters. One of the key benefits of utilising a recruitment service is their vested interest in finding the perfect match for both

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What should I do if my boss is leaving the law firm?

Specialising in the North West legal market, I see partners move all the time. Everybody knows everybody and a slight grievance at the partnership level can quickly result in a coffee catch-up with a competitor. Sometimes these coffee catch-ups arise incidentally; they’re arranged innocently (without

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What’s your value – as a lawyer – in today’s market?

Most of the client presentations I’ve recently been to, emphasise how “tight” the current market is (when it comes to obtaining top talent).  Firms are increasingly clued up on the business cost of losing good people: the time it takes to refill the job, along

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Road Digging: An Associate’s Tale

It’s June 2008 on a hazy summer day in the Strand, London. Tourists are flocking and the pigeons from Trafalgar Square have been kicked out by Ken, so are watching from afar as the road worker starts up his pneumatic hammer. Bang! A jolt of

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Reasons clients don’t advance lawyers to the 2nd stage interview/offer

Don’t shoot the messenger – the reasons listed below come directly from the horse’s mouth: feedback we receive from clients! Lack of preparation “Not enough research was undertaken into our business.” “Didn’t give us a reason why the specific role was strongly desired over another one;

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How to hand in your notice and manage the pre-departure period

You’ve secured your dream job, you’re on cloud nine and you’re eager to hand in your notice. Life’s good! However, life goes on for your current employer, so it’s important to handle your departure in a professional and considerate manner. So, how should you hand

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Are you a City lawyer considering a move to the regions?

In May, The Guardian featured an article: ‘How the north of England got its groove back.’ It drew on a study by the Children’s Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, who spent 12 months travelling across the North interviewing young people about their hopes and fears.

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Take the stress out of your first interview… and your first date?

In a previous blog, I drew parallels between using a recruiter and online dating. Dating is always a fun and often interesting conversation amongst my friends. We’re now at an age where most are either married or getting married and having children or having more

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