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Take The Stress Out Of Your Legal Job Search: Use A Specialist Recruiter

Posted by: Lynn Sedgwick

It’s a fact: looking for the right job to advance your legal career is not only time-consuming and exhausting; it’s also really stressful – especially if you’re trying to do it all on your own.

While a little stress might be useful for certain situations, it can wear you down quickly, robbing you of crucial energy and motivation - not exactly helpful when you’re trying to network and make the right first impression on prospective employers.

Why make things harder on yourself than they need to be? By enlisting the help of a specialist recruiter like Clayton Legal, you’ll save yourself time as well as hassle.

Here are some of the many benefits you’ll gain from working with a specialist recruiter to find your next legal role.

They Save You Time

Looking for a new job on your own can be a very daunting and time-consuming process, especially if you’re already employed and are trying to find a better role elsewhere. A good specialist recruitment agency like Clayton Legal can help speed up the entire process. Due to their network, connections and knowledge of the industry, what might have taken you months can be achieved in weeks or even days. In some cases, consultants know in advance if a particular firm will be looking before a vacancy is even posted.

Leading firms often utilise agencies, because it’s a more efficient way for them to hire the right person. Rather than searching for opportunities that may not be visible online, you could save considerable time by working with an expert.

They Have Insightful Industry Knowledge And Connections

While job boards can be a useful resource for identifying opportunities, firms will often use their network and their recruitment company’s network to seek the right people for most fee-earner/ niche roles, rather than advertising them online. The reason for this is that candidates who are right for these particular roles are often in demand and may not be actively seeking new employment opportunities.

With a recruiter, on the other hand, you will receive information about all of the relevant roles in the industry. A specialist recruiter has a specific network among the law firms within your area to help you get the best opportunities, even the ones you wouldn’t otherwise know about. Having access to this insider knowledge could be especially useful in situations where the vacancies that suit your skill set are few and far between.

By acting as a representative for both you and the firm, a specialist recruiter will facilitate the communication process, as well as ensuring that the firm you are interested in is a good cultural fit for you.

They Can Help You Prepare For Interviews

Certainly, the most stressful part of searching for any new job is the interview stage. Interviews can be daunting, especially if it has been a while since your last one. However, a specialist recruitment consultant can help you to prepare for your big day; by sharing their insight and experience about the firm, its culture and the role, they will give you the necessary insights to ace your legal interview.

From helping you with body language and travel logistics to knowing how to answer those tricky interview questions, your consultant has a wealth of information and insight – make sure that you seek their help in preparing for your next legal interview.

They Will Negotiate The Best Deal For You

Getting an offer of employment for a role that you really want is half the battle; the other half is of course getting what you want (and feel you’re worth) in terms of remuneration. Fee negotiation can often be a tricky and awkward conversation with a future employer, so let your recruiter do the difficult work for you. In addition to ensuring that you get the best possible deal when it comes to pay and benefits, they will also help you understand the longer-term prospects - i.e. training and development opportunities - that will be available to you.

Your Success Is Their Success

Enlisting the expertise of a specialist recruiter will not only increase your knowledge of the current market but will also give you insight into exactly what potential employers are looking for. Once they have a clear idea of what you want from a role, a recruiter can prepare your CV and present it to several clients who meet your needs. It is therefore important to make sure that you clearly define your needs and expectations with your recruiter.

It’s in their own best interest for a specialist recruiter to be selective on your behalf; by choosing the most suitable roles for their candidates to maximize success, they not only reduce the competition but give you a higher chance of being hired. The bottom line is, if you’re successful in your new role, then they’re successful with their client – it’s a win-win for everyone.

It’s also a good idea to stay in touch with recruiters you’ve previously worked with, even when you’re not actively looking. In addition to making the most of a consultant’s expertise in getting a particular role, you should think of your recruiter as a partner for your long-term career progression; by building a relationship with them over time, you can secure better opportunities for yourself in the future.

About Clayton Legal

Clayton Legal has been partnering with law firms across the country since 1999 and during that time has built up an enviable reputation for trust and reliability. We have made over 5,000 placements from partners to legal executives, solicitors to paralegals and legal IT personnel to practice managers.

If you are building your legal team or looking for your next career move, we can help.

Call us on 01772 259 121 or email us here.

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