The Benefits of Using Legal Recruiters: Why Applicants Do it, And You Should Too
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The Benefits of Using Legal Recruiters: Why Applicants Do it, And You Should Too

benefits of using a legal recruiter This article originally appeared in our Fall 2013 Legallife Newsletter. Should you wish to receive our newsletter directly in your email inbox, please subscribe here.

If you are an active job seeker, you’re likely ready and willing to pull out all of your resources to find a new job. While working with a recruiter is a useful tactic to employ in your job search, it can be difficult to understand how to best use recruiters to your advantage.

Professional recruitment consultants are experts in matching great people to great roles

They are an invaluable source of information on the job market. By establishing a relationship with a recruiter, you can tap into broad networks and industry expertise. Often, recruiters thoroughly understand the market and can help answer your questions. They know industry trends, salary levels for particular job titles, and which companies are growing and which ones are struggling — unique insight garnered from years of working directly with companies and their executives.

Recruiters can help you prepare for interviews

Employers look for candidates who have abilities beyond those listed on the job description. A good recruiter will tell you how to stand out, which experiences and skills to highlight, and how to market yourself and your unique attributes. They can also provide advice on how to approach your preferred organisations and offer proactive recommendations in areas that might not have even occurred to you.

Your recruiter will want to meet with you to clearly understand and define your goals and aspirations in order to help source your next opportunity. Candidates should always be honest about all aspects of their professional background. Recruiters are not mind readers and therefore it is important to provide your recruiter with genuine information about what you do and don’t want and openly discuss your objectives and career history.

During your search, there’s a possibility that your criteria or availability might change. For example, you may consider other geographies or be open to industries that were initially not of any interest. Be sure to communicate this openly with your recruiter. Keeping your recruiter up-to-date will put you on the shortlist for opportunities best suited to your needs and qualifications.

Always conduct yourself in a professional manner

When you attend your recruiter interview, it is important you present yourself as if you were going to a top job interview, as this is indicative of how you will represent yourself with their clients. The better your agency interview, the more compelled your consultant will be to represent you on new opportunities. Be on time and prepared to discuss your experience in detail.

If you have any questions relating to legal recruiting, please feel free to contact us.

By Samantha Collier 

About Samantha Collier

Samantha Collier is a well-respected social media specialist in the Canadian legal realm. An experienced practitioner of online social networking, Samantha also has experience working in-house in business development for a national IP firm, but has worked in marketing and client acquisition for over 13 years.

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