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Category Archives: Recruitment

Should you interview candidates who don’t match your criteria?

Brexit and government reforms have been hot topics for over two years now. Although nothing’s set in stone, it’s started to dictate the economy, and both the private and public sectors. Impact on the legal market As a legal recruitment consultant, I’ve noticed that despite

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Can I reapply for a job at a firm I was previously rejected from?

The short answer is ‘yes’! This is acceptable in a majority of cases provided a sufficient amount of time’s elapsed since your last application. For me, the worst part of my job is when I have to tell lawyers they’ve been ‘unsuccessful’ – particularly a

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Self-improvement during the ups and downs of a career in recruitment

Overall, a job in recruitment is a brilliant one, but even for those who love it, there are plenty of ups and downs and although this applies to all jobs, recruitment has an undeniable ‘rollercoaster’ reputation.  The ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ When everything’s going well your

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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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Tips on how to stay in control of your legal job search

So. you’re looking for a new job, you’ve registered with the well-known job boards and a couple of the better-known agencies; now you can sit back and wait for the interviews to a role in. If only it was this simple. All too often candidates find

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Newly qualified solicitor? How to make sure your law firm is looking after you!

With September just about upon us, many trainees are gearing up to begin their career as a newly qualified solicitor (NQ). This can be a daunting and stressful time (as it is for most people moving jobs), but let’s not forget your life’s work has

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Why does ‘time fly’ so quickly when you’re working in legal recruitment?

Reflecting on my first year in legal recruitment, it’s safe to say, it’s been quite the journey. I started at BCL Legal with no previous recruitment experience, and from Day One it’s been a year of fast-paced on-the-job learning coupled with regular training and development.

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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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Working with a legal recruiter? Why it’s important to pick up the phone rather than email

“When’s the best time to call you back?” This is a line I use day in and day out when speaking to lawyer or paralegal candidates. Although I understand how tricky it is to pick up the phone during work hours, especially when you’re sat in

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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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