2. Develop relationships before you need a new job. The time to return phone calls or to take the initiative to find a legal recruiter is when you're not job hunting. You never know what the future holds and you will need an advocate who will contact you with market updates and new job openings which will propel you to the next level of your career. Be proactive about your career – not reactive. Don't wait to find a recruiter until you have been laid off or until you are absolutely miserable in your current position. The right recruiter will work with you throughout your career and help you avoid being in a situation where you're unhappy or out of work.
3. Choose wisely. Find a recruiter who is easy to talk to, responsive, honest, and willing to talk to you in depth about your career. The right recruiter will take the time to learn about your career goals and objectives and will not worry about how quickly they can find you a new job. Look up the recruiter on LinkedIn or ask colleagues or friends for referrals.
4. Help us help you. We cannot accurately represent you if we don't know everything there is to know about your career history and your future goals. Be honest with us – share your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Our job as recruiters is to portray you in the best way possible, while minimizing your limitations. Don't try to hide your gaps relative to a particular opportunity. Furthermore, be honest in letting us know what you are looking for in your next job. It is not helping anyone if we think you are interested in moving to a big law firm if your dream job is to start your own practice.
5. If you're not interested in a job, add value. Make your recruiter's call or email worthwhile even if you're not interested in the job. Let us know why you aren't interested and what you are looking for. Then, suggest highly qualified colleagues or refer interested friends to us. We will work harder for you if you are willing to help us.
Building a relationship with the right recruiter can open up many opportunities for you during the course of your career. Find the right recruiter and work hard to establish and maintain a strong connection with him or her. You will benefit from a lifetime of career advice, market knowledge and great job opportunities.
See the following articles for more information:
- What Characteristics Should I Look for in a Legal Recruiter?
- Interview yourself first - questions to ask before starting your lateral search
- How to Choose a Good Attorney Recruiter
- Why You Should Be Talking to a Legal Recruiter Right Now
- Choosing a Legal Recruiter
- Your Legal Career as a Small Business
- Should I Use a Legal Recruiter? Top 10 Reasons to Use a Legal Recruiter
- How to Select the Best Legal Recruiter and Maximize the Effectiveness of Working with One
- What makes a world class recruiter
- 10 Things That Most Legal Recruiters Will Not Tell You
Learn how to become a legal recruitment consultant in this related article.
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