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Category Archives: Recruiter

I’ll soon be an NQ lawyer, should I have a job backup plan?

The end is in sight! You’ve completed your degree, perhaps the GDL, the LPC and now two years as a trainee. You’re about to become a solicitor, but first, you need to find out if you’re being retained. It’s a tense and nerve-racking time. That’s

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Can the choice of words used in a job ad affect the prospective employer’s performance and profitability?

According to a recent BBC article, the answer is yes. Why? Because the way a job advert is written determines who applies. If a job advert excludes a certain demographic or deters lawyers of a certain age, gender, or level, then a pool of talent is potentially

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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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One of the most important elements of legal job satisfaction

I’ve worked in legal recruitment for the better part of five years now, and at the tender age of 31, I feel as if I’ve finally found what I want to do in terms of my long-term career: where I want to be and where

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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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BTSS events: the upcoming Secret Garden Party, and the stand out benefits from getting involved with industry networking groups

The Birmingham Trainee Solicitors’ Society (or BTSS as it’s more commonly known) is made up of over 300 newly qualified solicitors, trainee solicitors, paralegals and post-graduate law students across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. As a junior lawyer, there’s no better forum to get

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Why you should build and continue a relationship with a recruiter for the longevity of your career

I received a call from a senior lawyer/Head of Legal a month or so ago. With some urgency, they wanted to know what Head of Legal roles in the North West were available to them. Having had no contact for 10 years, I needed to

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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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Four interview hacks that’ll help you at every interview

No matter how easy some might find it to talk about themselves, most people find interviews daunting. By having a game-plan and getting the small stuff right, you regain control and give yourself the best chance to showcase your abilities; all too often, the main

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I work as an interim Document Review Lawyer – is overtime compulsory?

I’ve placed hundreds of lawyers into temporary document review projects over the past few years and candidates who are new to the area, or interested in embarking on their first project, ask the above frequently. There isn’t a clear yes or no answer. The answer

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