Using a Recruiter as an NQ Solicitor in Scotland

Posted February 15 2019 By Isla Stevenson
 Recently, I came across an article which suggested that NQ Solicitors are little more than canon fodder for recruitment consultants. Contrary to the main theme of the piece, we don’t advertise imaginary jobs in order to get our hands on your CV. Whether you are taking your first steps in your Legal career or are simply looking for a change as a well-established candidate, beginning a job search can often be a tricky and uncertain path. There are many things you will need to consider including culture fit, commuting times and opportunities for progression. It can be a daunting thought to start an entirely new workplace, whatever end of the career spectrum you are at. That is why utilising a recruiter to breathe new life in to your job search is a good idea. There are many advantages to bringing a recruiter on board. Your job search can be opened up and taken in directions you never thought of – not to mention the thorough interview preparation you will get. Here are just some of the reasons my candidates in the Scottish Legal market work with me. Know what employers want A good recruiter will always prepare you in great detail for an interview. They will know what an employer or hiring manager is looking for in a candidate and will help you create solid answers to any tricky questions that might get thrown your way. Their relationship with the employer will ensure you get the best information possible to help you ace your interview. Find a culture fit When you apply for a job, you don’t always know what you’re getting. Firms are always going to sell you on the positive. But what happens if you’re looking for flexibility and growth and the firm is a bit more traditional? Wouldn’t you like to know the beforehand? A recruiter will get to know you and only ever place you in a working environment where you will be comfortable and able to flourish. Negotiate a better deal You might not feel like you are in a position to ask for a better salary or flexible working hours, but a recruiter will always try and get you the best deal possible. Make them aware of any requirements you would like to be included in your next position, and they will always try to ensure that these will be part of the contract. Recruiters are great at selling their candidates as “added value” to a business. Productive job search You know the saying “two heads are better than one”? Well, the same applies to your job search. Recruiters, naturally, have an extensive network of contacts that usually make them the first to know about upcoming vacancies. Whilst you continue to search for your next (or first) job, they can help broaden your horizons. Helpful follow up Once you are placed, we don’t just disappear. We want to know how you are settling in and if there is anything else we can help you with. We’ll also keep you in mind for any other positions that become available in the future that we think will enhance your career even further. If you would like to speak to me about available opportunities in the Scottish Legal market, click here to get in touch.
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