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Category Archives: New job

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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Taking the plunge – my journey into legal recruitment

Working hard for the dream Work experience, a three-year law degree, a vacation placement, one year of the LPC, a two-year training contract – all gearing you up for that day when you finally qualify as a solicitor. The above will sound familiar to most

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The top reasons why your law firm is losing good lawyers

Lawyer retention is a priority for most law firms. Replacing good lawyers is difficult and costly. Also, change is unsettling to a firm’s teams (and the firm as a whole). So why do so many good lawyers who are progressing well at their firm and appear

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What do I tell my recruiter if I’ve changed my mind after accepting a job offer?

In an ideal world, your job search should go a bit like this… You decide you want to leave your job. You attend an interview for another job and you quite like it. They like you and they offer you the role; you accept and

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What should you expect from your recruitment consultant?

How can I secure an interview?

Once you’ve made the decision to find a new job, the next step is making sure you get the opportunity to meet with a range of firms that interest you. You want to be sure you’ve extensively explored the market/what’s on offer to you. Firstly,

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Should I relocate for my new role or is commuting a better option?

As I write this blog, I’m undertaking a three-hour commute – from Birmingham to Cambridge – to meet with clients. I often talk to candidates about how much of a factor a commute is in assessing the suitability of a role. This journey confirms my

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Should you accept a job offer whilst holding out for another?

I’m currently working with an impressive NQ solicitor.  They’ve several years of experience working in-house, which they acquired prior to securing their training contract with a well-known retailer.  In addition, they’ve fantastic academics and a great personality. Over the last couple of months I’ve worked

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