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Category Archives: Opportunity

Why being honest about your notice period is important

Have you ever had a bad day at work and thought about walking out the door and never coming back? Or, you might have had a more considered approach and contacted a recruiter to help you with your job search. Whichever action you have decided

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

When’s the best time to ask for flexible working?

There are few firms these days that won’t consider an element of flexible working. We all have busy lives and with advances in technology logging on from home is a doddle compared to 5-10 years ago. Work life balance is important to the large majority

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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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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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Being the new guy

The accelerated degree plan, will future lawyers be behind the curve?

The Department for Education have published a consultation on whether there should be an accelerated degree programme for higher education students in order to “save students money, time and get them earning in the workforce sooner”. A critic could agree that the real reasons are

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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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How long should I stay in my job?

I’ve been with BCL Legal for little over a year and now and in that time I’ve learned a lot. The last year has given me the understanding that this is the job for me; this is where I want to build my career. These

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Using a Recruitment Consultant…?

Whether you are at the very first post of your legal career looking for that first lucrative step in the door or you are a successful and established lawyer, is it worth speaking to a recruiter? I know it’s a bit of a minefield and

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Solicitors Journal

What can I do as a newly qualified solicitor if I don’t want to practice?

Recruitment may just be the answer. Have you recently qualified and are now thinking that becoming a solicitor isn’t exactly what you dreamt it would be? You do have options. Legal recruitment will give you the opportunity to utilise your legal knowledge, build relationships with

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

What should I wear to a legal interview?

In so far as interviews go, particularly in the legal profession, ‘business casual’ does not apply.  First impressions count and the importance of making a good one cannot be underestimated. Whilst smart trousers and a buttoned down shirt or a wrap dress might be acceptable

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Don’t be a mouse – Stand out.

Do I want a new job?

When you start thinking about moving jobs this is the start of a very thought provoking process. A very important process may I add and one if it isn’t explored thoroughly will lead to a lot of wasted time and keeping you stuck in a

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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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