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Category Archives: Recruitment

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

I’ve placed hundred 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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I don’t understand my notice period, can you help?

Most people (not all) know what their notice period is as in most circumstances it’s clearly stated in their contract of employment, or employment terms and conditions. But believe it or not, I’m asked this question a lot: I don’t understand my notice period, can

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I’m a trainee solicitor about to qualify, what do I do?

It’s well and truly that time of year once again – trainees across the North-West are approaching decision time. Internal processes are in full swing, and many soon-to-be NQs are facing up to the fact they need to express interest further afield i.e. other than

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What are some of the benefits to a company in hiring an In-house lawyer?

How to work with recruiters effectively – what to be mindful of

I’ve spent the last 17 years building up my contacts and relationships in the North-West legal community. When you ask me to find you a lawyer, I use every one of those 17 years to think of who I know, who’d like your opportunity, and

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NQ Careers Seminar – Birmingham

When should I start applying for a newly qualified (NQ) solicitor job?

You’ve given two years of your life to your training firm, relentlessly portrayed the best version of yourself, put in the effort and the hours (and sometimes tears), yet there’s no guarantee of a job at the end of it. It seems so unfair, but

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Birmingham Property Hype… speeds up!

LinkedIn profile tips

Unless you’ve been hiding in a dark cave or stranded on a desert island, you’ll be familiar with social media and the huge impact your online presence has on your professional and personal life. LinkedIn is a fantastic platform to showcase your professional experience and

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The importance of maintaining momentum during the recruitment process

Recruitment is a fairly long process for all parties involved. There are a number of key milestones and no one expects things to happen overnight. However, unnecessary and avoidable delays occur all too frequently. The result: each party misses out on their ideal outcome. Taking

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Fake News Facebook – Time to move on?

Questions we’ve been asking ourselves…  1) How did they let this happen? 2) Did they influence election results? 3) Should we boycott Facebook? The simplistic answers seem to be… 1) They did it in pursuit of profits 2) Yes, they did 3) No, not really

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Career Plans

Job title vs salary

I was recently approached by a client who asked for my opinion on introducing the title of ‘Senior Associate’ at their firm.  The suggestion received a mixed response amongst the lawyers at this firm hence why I was approached for an objective yet informed view

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Does your recruiter’s brand affect your job search?

The most common interview question and how to answer it!

Regardless of your level of seniority or industry sector, regardless of the role you are interviewing for or the style of interview one question comes up again and again. It’s a seemingly small question that can have a massive impact on the interview and it

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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 interview prep can keep you ahead of the competition

Why should I meet a recruiter in person?

A lot of people view the relationship between candidate and recruitment consultant as purely transactional: we send your CV on your behalf, we help you get an interview and we inform you of offers. You might find it frustrating when your recruiter wants to have an introductory

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