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Facing Redundancy – What Next for Your Legal Career?

The last few months have been a precarious time for the vast majority of people in the UK. And with significant changes in the legal sector, many employees have felt a degree of uncertainty around the future of their career.

The realities of the rise in inflation and the cost of living is now being realised, and for some legal employees, this will, unfortunately, mean redundancy. A new study has shown that nearly 1 in 5 employers are likely to make redundancies over the next year, including law firms and legal services.

But while some areas and some practices have been hit hard, others are flourishing.

Today, we look at what legal employees who are currently facing redundancy should be focusing on now and how to navigate the new situation you could be placed in.

Let’s start with some positivity.

The New Job Mindset

A positive mindset is critical when job seeking, so the first thing that it is essential to remember is that it’s not you that is being made redundant; it’s your role.

There has been so much change, contraction and growth in different areas that there will be inevitable redundancies in some practices as employers try to make sense of the new market.

Legal employees who ‘go it alone’, rather than work with a recruiter, run the risk of losing momentum. This can leave you feeling isolated and discouraged, especially when your job applications aren’t garnering you many responses.

My first piece of advice for a legal candidate facing redundancy is to start working with a legal recruiter as soon as possible. They will be able to provide the career support that you need right now.

So if your position has recently become redundant, there is good news – there are opportunities out there – let’s look at where they are.

What To Do If Your Training Contract Is Terminated

The Law Society have a great article that discusses what your options are if your training contract is terminated before you complete it. Find out more here with guidance from The Law Society and the SRA.

“The SRA states that trainee solicitors are common law apprentices, which means that you cannot be terminated as part of a redundancy process. This gives you enhanced protections under employment law and you should have reference to the SRA’s authorised training provider information pack (2019 regulations)”.

Retraining

One of the first things to consider is if you can retrain in a different legal specialism.

While this might not be the easiest path or the first choice for some individuals, for those that take advantage of the opportunity now could enjoy great benefits.

For example, you might have specialised in personal injury law, and have been operating in this field for some years.

But the market is now changing.

Legal firms are increasingly in need of employees trained in the areas which have boomed since the pandemic struck – property, family and employment law being the main three.

And this isn’t a short-sighted career move. Adding another string to your bow is always a good idea career-wise, and it makes perfect sense to do it now when there are talent shortages in these critical areas.

If you are thinking about changing your legal specialism, there are a few ways you can get started.

First, look for a mentor in your chosen field – this can be a difficult task, but once you find someone who you trust and who can help you shape your career path the way you want, they will be invaluable to you. This can be someone from your chosen field within your current company, or you can reach out to sector specialists on LinkedIn or during trade webinars or seminars, with physical networking not a possibility at this time.

Then take advantages of any courses you can enrol in to bring you closer to your chosen specialism, you can also self-study and work on extra certificates outside working hours – there are lots of online courses available.

If you feel comfortable discussing your chosen career goal with your current employer and feel that they will support you in your chosen field, you can always ask them if they will allow you time to train on the job in another department of the firm.

So let’s look a little closer at the areas in where the opportunities are right now.

Property

As with many unprecedented situations the pandemic caused, the mortgage and rent holidays that were put in place by the government created a boom in property law that hasn’t slowed down.

There is going to be a vast increase in roles in practices that deal with property disputes. And this is set to continue for many months and possibly even years.

Staying with property, the backlog of conveyancing that was caused by the house-move ban has yet to be cleared, which has created more opportunities for growth in this sector.

This, coupled with the fact that the pandemic seems to have inspired many people to move house – a rise of 15.6% in August 2020 – practices with property specialisms have never been busier.

Family

Family law is another area where we have seen a significant increase in opportunities.

There has been a so-called ‘divorce boom’ fuelled by the lockdowns and changes in economic circumstances. The Citizens Advice website saw a 25% increase in divorce guidance searches in September 2020 compared to the previous year.

The BBC spoke to family lawyer Georgina Chase, who commented that 30% of matrimonial enquiries she had received had been from couples separating because of relationship issues being exacerbated due to lockdown which we think will continue to increase as the cost of living continues to squeeze on those relationships.

A new survey by Scottish Law firm MHA Henderson Loggie has predicted lawyers specialising in commercial dispute resolution and family law are anticipating an increase in workload due to Covid-19.

MHA Legal director Christine Rolland commented “It is not known how the courts will cope with the backlog of cases on top of the expected number of new cases over the next 6 months.”

So family law is another area that is crying out for legal talent right now.

Employment

Employment law is another area which is seeing a drastic increase in the wake of Covid-19.

There have been changes to employment law due to the pandemic, with many issues in this field yet to be resolved.

As of late August 2020, there were 39,000 individual employment claims waiting to be heard according to the Ministry of Justice figures.

Barry Clarke, the president of employment tribunals in England and Wales, said he expects the backlog to continue to rise. He said this “would pose huge challenges to the ability of the [employment tribunal] to deliver justice within a reasonable time, which deeply troubled him”.

Conciliation service Acas received 33,000 calls in regards to redundancy in June and July 2020, an increase of 169% on last year.

As you can see, there is a lot of work to be done in this area of law, and practices with this specialism are looking for talent to help clear the backlog.

Private Client

During this time, if you haven’t before, it might be time to consider working with private clients on cases to start to build your own private client portfolio.

Private clients are an international growth industry which can be an extremely good career move for a solicitor to consider.

If you have excellent interpersonal skills, and it is your ambition to work closely with your clients to provide the best outcomes for individuals you have built an excellent relationship with, then becoming a private client solicitor could be for you.

Private client opportunities are currently booming, so now is a great time to make a career change into this area of law if you think you’ve got what it takes.

Looking at the Positives

Facing redundancy can feel daunting, but it is crucial to think of the opportunities that a new role can bring.

You have the chance to work with a legal recruiter to find a role that fits exactly the direction you want your legal career to be going in.

If you aren’t sure about the direction of your legal career and would like to explore the options that are available to you right now, get in contact with us here.

A Different Location?

Finally, expanding your job search is another way to increase your options.

In your legal career so far, your work might have focused around one particular town or area, and this is understandable if you have family ties.

But for anyone with the opportunity to do so, looking to expand your job search into areas you hadn’t previously considered is a great way to increase your job prospects.

If you are searching for a new legal role in the North West – get in touch with us today by calling 0121 259 121, click here to view our current vacancies or click here to send us an email with your legal career enquiry.

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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Lynn Sedgwick

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How To Become A Successful Legal Recruitment Consultant With No Experience

  • February 14, 2022

I suspect if you are reading this article, you are wondering if working as a recruitment consultant in the legal sector might be for you?

The answer is it could be.

Yes, there are some specific traits to have that will be incredibly useful; and a huge plus point about this role is there are so many transferable skills you have that will help you be the high performer you want to be.

I’ll share more on that later.

Let’s clarify the opportunity here; a career as a successful legal recruitment consultant, is possible for anyone with a positive approach and attitude and an aptitude to work hard and apply themselves.

Your rewards, on all levels, can be exceptional.

Imagine being in control of your financial security? That might be finally moving out of mum and dads and renting or buying your place, possibly getting married without worrying about the cost! The opportunities are endless when you are earning more than all your friends.

Money is one thing and helping others is another.

There is nothing like the experience and buzz of helping someone find their dream job and making that phone call to say the legal firm they want to join said, “yes!”

This is one part of the role.

Then there is the exciting feeling of working with law firms across the U.K., some of which are household names, being the respected recruiting partner supporting them to build their teams.

Sound interesting?

Then let me share more about what legal recruitment is about, what is involved in becoming a success and then, if you are ready to start your recruitment career, why Clayton Legal is the best company to join.

What is Legal Recruitment About?

In a business context, legal recruitment companies provide services to law firms to help them find suitable candidates for their job vacancies and help them plan their ongoing talent growth.

As the U.K. economy improves and demand for legal talent increases, many firms need specialist help to identify and attract skilled candidates.

In return, the firms pay the recruitment company a fee, usually based on a percentage of the role’s salary.

As firms consistently comment that their most valuable commodity is their people, this is your chance to make a real impact on their economy and business growth.

When it comes to legal candidates, the service of the recruitment company to find them a role is free. Though not all legal recruitment companies work in the same detailed and consultative way Clayton do, here is how we help candidates.

We will advertise roles for our clients which candidates apply for. Our duty of care means that we identify what our clients AND candidates want to create the ideal match for both parties.

For legal candidates we work with, we carry out a career consultation. This includes identifying what they want based on their current and future goals. As we work with different law firms across the U.K., we can often find a better fit for their career plan.

Exciting and involved, isn’t it; being a successful recruitment consultant is a real career.

What Makes A Successful Recruitment Consultant?

You won’t read this on many other legal recruitment company websites, and one of the most critical criteria for succeeding in this role is a love and fascination with people.

If talking to different law firms and legal candidates daily and being curious about their professional life, goals, and aspirations fills you with dread, this isn’t the role for you.

Recruitment is a relationship business.

Knowing you are a people person, we can move on to what else will support your success in this role.

Let’s talk about the S-word; selling. The ability to master selling is a superpower in recruiting.

Let me reveal more.

The fact is we have all sold and influenced people at some point in our lives.

Negotiating that first sleepover at a friend’s, borrowing the car keys, to saying: “will you go out with me?”; these are all forms of selling.

Selling and influence make the world go round, and the upside is there is no such thing as a born salesperson.

Selling and the ability to influence are processes anyone can learn, which goes back to earlier in this post when I talked about attitude, application, and aptitude.

By the way, at Clayton Legal, our consultants have access to selling skills training that takes you from being a novice to learning advanced techniques that, when you use them, mean you could be earning over six figures a year.

Liking people and knowing how to sell is foundational, and in addition to this, you have to learn the art of being a good communicator; you’ll be doing a lot of it.

Our recruitment consultants spend a lot of time speaking on the phone and meeting with people either on Zoom or MSTeams and now, post-Covid, face-to-face meetings.

Emails and text messages are all additional parts of the process; you will be representing the Clayton Legal brand in everything you say and do.

Sector knowledge in any profession is useful, though not necessary. What is vital is a thirst for knowledge and the ability to immerse yourself in learning.

Finally, you need to have the drive and tenacity to be a goal achiever.

Being a successful legal recruiter isn’t about turning up at one minute to 9 and going through the motions, and then leaving at 4.59 pm.

It is about creating your economy and making the days count.

A standout legal recruitment consultant will always have in mind professional growth. This is not limited to their career development but also their company’s growth.

Truly successful recruitment consultants love smashing targets; they manage their minds and always look for even better opportunities.

Why Joining Clayton Legal is a Logical Choice

Clayton Legal consultants describe themselves as strong and passionate experts driven and inspired by success, motivated by achieving goals, and never giving up. They believe that together there is no limit. They encourage others and share successes – and they make the days count.

We admit Clayton Legal standards are high – but so is the support and the rewards.

We have our performance and development manager, and we invest heavily in the training and development of all our people, including CPD and study leave options.

We offer a competitive salary and bonus scheme and individual commission and have an unrivalled range of benefits.

At Clayton, after comprehensive training, you will run your own recruitment vertical market in a niche area and have full ownership whilst being part of a successful and driven team where the rewards you receive are spectacular.

Not only do we offer above average basic salaries, but we also deliver financial rewards on so many other levels, including:

  • Above market-rate salaries and an uncapped bonus structure
  • 23 days holiday plus bank holidays; with your Birthday off
  • Employee awards and recognition
  • Access to training and development with our own in-house L&D team; including CPD and study leave options
  • Career progression opportunities
  • A modern office space with nap pods
  • A friendly and supportive team
  • Early finish and dress down day on a Friday
  • Company mobile (role-specific)

This is a successful, honest, hardworking, and supportive organisation – could you be our next new starter?

What Next?

Though many workplace sectors experienced poor growth last year, the legal sector wasn’t one of them.

Here at Clayton Legal, we have multiple clients looking for skilled and ambitious candidates, and we are growing fast.

We are looking for enthusiastic and driven new recruitment consultants like you. For a confidential conversation about becoming a legal recruitment consultant, please watch our video and fill out our contact form here.

About Clayton Legal

Clayton Legal has been partnering with law firms across the country
since 1999 and has built up an enviable reputation for trust and
reliability during that time. We have made over 5,000 placements from
Partners to Legal Executives, Solicitors to Paralegals and Legal I.T.
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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How to Get on the Radar of a Legal Recruiter

  • June 10, 2019

Are you looking for a new position in your legal career?

You may feel you’re stuck in a rut, unmotivated, or that your skills are not being fully utilised. Perhaps you’re looking for advancement, a partnership, thinking of rerouting your career or even moving to a new location. You may have already tried asking around or looking online for opportunities. But have you considered the advantages of using a specialist legal recruiter?

Good Advice is Crucial

A specialist legal recruiter can offer tailored advice and will have exceptional knowledge of the legal marketplace – often the ear of the HR department or Senior Partner – enabling access to upcoming opportunities before they hit the general market. They will be able to match your values to company culture, as well as to offer advice and guidance, such as interview tips.

All of which bodes well for you, the candidate. So how do you get on the radar of a great legal recruiter and maximise your chances of securing that dream job?

In an ever-changing and expanding legal world, it’s essential to stand out from the crowd when you’re trying to attract the attention of a specialist recruiter. There are specific ways to sell your value to a specialist recruitment company such as Clayton Legal. It’s not unusual for recruiters like ourselves to receive many candidates for each post, and our reputation and yours is on the line with each placement recommendation, so it’s crucial that your information is accurate and complete.

Update Your CV

Here at Clayton Legal, we have been receiving candidate CVs for over 20 years, and this document remains the essential way to profile your achievements and expertise to date.

If your CV isn’t up to scratch, you need to update it now. Remember the three Rs – relevant, recent and readable. A good CV will showcase your complex skills, including IT skills, along with your qualifications and experience in legal practice. Include examples wherever possible and illustrate the particular critical skills for the post such as leadership, delegation, innovation, specialist practice knowledge and professionalism.

Check Your Online Profile

Have you checked your social media recently? You might want to consider Googling yourself and making sure any information shows you in a good light. If you thought recruiters and employers don’t check internet profiles, think again. Recent reports show that as many as one in three employers reject candidates based on something they have discovered about them online. Changing your privacy settings will ensure there are no embarrassing photos of you at your friend’s stag do or hen night.

LinkedIn has 20 million listed UK profiles. It’s therefore vital to make the most of the opportunities your LinkedIn profile provides to help you in legal career progression and opportunity. Build your contacts, where relevant, and join groups related to the legal world and your area of practice. Posting will also increase your visibility. Just make sure you keep it appropriate.

We offer further insight into standing out as a legal professional to recruiters on LinkedIn here.

You should make sure you have a professional profile image – visual stimulation ranks high on this scale. Also, heat map technology has revealed that people focus on your photo and the top part of your profile (your summary) so aim to use it to get their attention.

Finally, double-check you’re using keywords effectively. Many recruiters look for phrases and keywords that describe your strengths, skills, expertise and ability, as well as location. Read this LinkedIn guide to using powerful keywords for further insight.

Are Making the Most of Your Skillset?

Naturally, you will need the right qualifications for your chosen area of practice, and your transferable skills are equally important. Transferable skills are not only useful as they can be applied across job roles, but they highlight how you work in terms of communication, integrity and experience. All of which are important to a future employer. If you have four, six or eight years PQE, you will have extended your skillset considerably and so now is an appropriate time to review them to ensure you’re making the most of your abilities.

Teamwork – Show you can work effectively within a team towards mutual goals.

Time Management – Demonstrate how you prioritise and manage your workload (and potentially that of others). Include examples of taking responsibility for your own work, balancing tasks and hitting deadlines.

Leadership – Indicate initiative and motivation. Examples of how you have built rapport with clients, colleagues and influenced decisions. How have you inspired others?

Technology – Knowing how to use the latest software and technology is essential. Additional skills such as being able to troubleshoot complex problems, or understand data security, will provide an added benefit.

Adaptability – Nothing stays the same forever. Everyone has to adapt, adjust and change. Showing you are versatile and agile indicates a willingness to move forward and embrace change. This sort of positivity is crucial to progress your legal career.

Problem-Solving – Offering solution-orientated answers indicates your ability to use emotional intelligence, manage risk and make decisions.

Communication – As well as being able to communicate your own ideas to others verbally or on paper, being able to listen is a great skill, and developing listening skills can help alleviate potential misunderstandings and costly mistakes.

Are You a Good Match?

It’s a two-way street. Choosing your recruiter is as important as them choosing to work with you.

Therefore, when looking for a recruiter, don’t forget to ensure their values match yours. How long have they been in business? Do they put their business relationships at the heart of everything they do, striving to nurture and build relationships? Are they trustworthy and transparent?

Many people sign up to a recruitment company without thoroughly researching their credentials. Don’t make this potentially costly mistake. Check that they are respected in the recruiting world – online testimonials are a good indication of this.

Also, make sure they strive to provide the best possible fit for candidates (and clients) alongside ongoing support, pertinent information, ability to evaluate a candidate’s potential fit into the company culture, and a great retention rate for placements.

Be Proactive

Showing commitment and enthusiasm goes a long way to putting you ahead of the pack. Once you’ve chosen your recruiter, don’t sit waiting for them to contact you (although they will!) Be proactive. Building a relationship with your recruiter is a great way to get on their radar.

Reach out to them via email, LinkedIn or telephone. Many recruiters have a page where you can upload your CV, getting you in the system quickly.

Whatever method you use, a proactive response will enable you to engage with the recruiter, brief them on your skills, requirements and PQE experience, allowing them to quickly identify the best opportunities for you in your practice area, or they may discuss exploring a change in direction.

As well as finding an ideal match, they will have valuable tips and advice for you during your search. For the best results, treat your communication with your recruiter like a job in itself – checking in regularly and demonstrating your enthusiasm and commitment to securing a new role.

Next Steps

If you’re reading this article because you are looking for the next move in your legal career, call one of the Clayton Legal team on 01772 259 121 and let’s have a conversation to explore your options. With our help, your transition can be smoother and quicker.

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.

If you would like to know more about recruiting trends in the legal sector this year, download our guide here.

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

  • May 1, 2019

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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Navigating recruitment to your ideal job in law

  • May 29, 2018

Finding a new job is tricky. Knowing where to look and assessing the opportunities that are available can be baffling. Yet that doesn’t stop many solicitors looking for their ideal job. The Law Society published extensive research in 2015 on how to develop legal careers and enhance the return on talent. The findings showed that 26% of solicitors planned to move jobs within a year, rising to 35% among millennials.

So how can solicitors navigate the choppy seas of recruitment to success? A clear plan and an experienced recruiter at your side make a lot of difference. Our two-stage guide gives you all you need to know.

Stage 1: Planning

Job search methods

The legal job search has undergone significant change in recent years; much like other professions, solicitors are looking to the internet more and more when searching for their dream role. Our 2018 Salary Survey shows that the use of the internet in legal recruitment continues to grow and includes channels such as social media. There’s still a place for more traditional methods of recruitment, however, you’ll need to be online to give yourself the best chance of success.

Don’t forget about the power of your network either! Word of mouth and personal referrals can be a powerful way to get in front of the right person. Alert contacts that you’re looking for a new role, attend seminars, events and put yourself out there. It could well be a case of who you know, not what you know.

Understanding the opportunities that are available

Be clear about what’s on offer out there. Assess which skills are in demand in your region or city. Are yours in surplus or high demand? Do you specialise in a particular area of the law, or do you have broader skills such as experience working abroad or in a coveted sector that could be an asset? There are opportunities out there, but it’s having the patience to figure out how they could work for you that will give you the greatest advantage when you put yourself in front of a prospective employer.

Consider your personal development and aspirations too, and what a new job means for your aims. Would you be willing to move for a job, commute, or learn something new? Balance your needs and expectations versus the demand and reality of what’s available.

Stage 2: Enlisting help

Recruiting the right recruiter

A recruiter is potentially the job seeker’s best friend – but to put your trust in them to find the right role, you’ll need to feel sure that they understand the job requirements. A specialist legal recruitment agency can be a real help here. Sixty-eight per cent of firms say that they prefer to use specialist legal recruiters to source candidates: partnering up with a recruiter who has industry contacts and a fine-tuned knowledge of the legal sector gives you the best chance at getting in front of the right people.

Clarity on skills: a two-way street

Make it really clear to the recruiter just how your skills and experience fit with what the firm is looking for. They will then be in a strong position when putting you forward for consideration. Equally, ensure that you’re comfortable with what’s being asked of the candidate by the firm. That way, when you reach the interview stage you’ll feel calm, prepared and confident and will make a good impression.

Landing your dream role isn’t easy. And when you’re eager to get stuck into something new the process of job hunting often feels endless. However, if you spend a little time doing your research and enlist the help of an experienced recruitment professional it makes a great difference. And when the recruiter knows the legal industry and the intricacies of your role the weight of job hunting is taken off your shoulders – and you’ll be in an exciting new post before you know it.

If you found this blog of interest you may like to read our other post on 5 Tips for handing in your notice.
Or if you’re looking for that perfect role, then check out all the vacancies we have available, and please do register your CV with us.

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