Using a recruitment agency – why you should, and why you shouldn’t
Many candidates have misconceptions about recruitment agencies – that we are perhaps focused on the client’s needs rather than yours, that we don’t have access to all jobs or that we might try to push you into a role that isn’t the right fit for you. If you’re not sure how we could help you with your job search, we’ve weighed up the pros and cons of using an agency.
Why you should
Support – We do this every day, and we know what it takes to find someone their perfect role. We can offer you support with your CV, guide you through the interview process and negotiate on salary and benefits on your behalf.
Established relationships – We focus on client care and as a result, we have excellent relationships with the firms we partner with, meaning we know their style, culture, requirements and benefits inside out. Because we have these partnerships in place, our clients respect our expertise when recommending candidates.
Speed – searching for a new job could be a full-time role in itself. We take the time to get to know you and what you’re looking for, we make sure to capture all of that information and then we will only reach out when we have a decent match for you, so it saves you time and stress.
Why you shouldn’t
Using your initiative – If you approach a firm directly, perhaps even one that isn’t actively advertising a role, it shows a genuine interest in the firm and many hiring managers will appreciate such a direct and forward-thinking approach. Even if they don’t have a role immediately, you will make a good impression and build a good contact base for the future.
Internal referrals – The legal profession relies heavily on word of mouth and reputation for clients, and often staff recruitment is the same. Many firms encourage current staff to share live roles and will offer a referral fee for successful placements, so if you see a connection on LinkedIn promoting a vacancy at their firm, reach out to them.