Agency news - A catch up with Alice
Last week we celebrated a well-deserved promotion within our team. Alice Neal, who has been with the agency for over 5 years, has been promoted to a Senior Legal Recruiter, helping our clients find the right legal professionals for their property teams.
We caught up with Alice to discuss her new role, how recruitment has changed since she started and where she sees the agency in the future...
How does it feel being promoted?
Feels good! I’m really pleased.
How long have you been with LR legal?
Over 5 years now, probably closer to 5 and a half … time flies.
What were you doing before?
Before moving into legal, I worked in Travel Recruitment which was certainly different, and before that, I was self-employed for a couple of years. I’ve definitely found my niche here though. I find the property sector so interesting.
How has recruitment changed?
There are so many more agencies now than when I first started, so there’s much more competition when attracting candidates and clients. I also find that because of technology, a personal relationship with a candidate is much more important. It’s so easy to see candidates as a number in a database, but I like to get to know candidates as a person. It also makes finding them the ideal role that much easier.
What do you like most about your role?
As cliché as it sounds, I love it when I am able to find a perfect match between a candidate and client.
What is your biggest challenge?
I often find that time is my biggest issue. Because we only put forward candidates that are a good match for the role, often their enthusiasm can be dampened if it takes a while for firms to get back to me – from interview through to offer – and because these candidates have other opportunities, they need to be snapped up quickly. So pushing firms for a quick turnaround can be a challenge!
What advice would you give to candidates looking for a new role?
Sit down and think about what you want from your next role, have a clear idea about the type of firm you want to work in, be patient (your perfect role is worth waiting for) and stay in touch.
What’s the best advice you can give to a client to attract top talent?
Have a clear idea about the type of candidate you want to work with you and tailor the recruitment process to them – avoid generic job descriptions and interview questions. Almost equally importantly, if you feel they are right, be quick to offer. High-quality candidates do not stay on the market for long, and there’s nothing more frustrating than to make an offer and find they’ve accepted something else.
Where do you see the agency in the next 5 years?
It’s a really exciting time for the agency as we’re continuing to expand, so I see us being bigger and better than ever! We now have a real focus on delivering a high level of client and candidate care, so I think in 5 years we’ll be leading the market in that area. And as always, using our expertise and experience to guide and help our clients and candidates.