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BCG Attorney Search is a legal placement firm and not a legal recruiting firm. There is a huge difference. Read more about this here.

As you grow in your career it's important to grow your network with you. A legal recruiter can open many doors for you by providing you with information on open positions. The best legal recruiters can offer more than job opportunities. We can react to what you're doing and provide well-informed advice that may be hard to find anywhere else. We can be your biggest advocate, your career cheerleader, even your life coach. But take note – a relationship with a recruiter is a two way street. In order for a recruiter to want to invest time in your career and think of you when a fantastic opportunity arises, you must have something to offer in return. Follow these steps to successfully establish a strong relationship with the right legal recruiter.
Recruiting a Recruiter

1. Be the best lawyer you can be. We want to represent attorneys with impressive academic and professional records – it makes us look good and quite frankly, it makes our jobs easier. Nothing matters more than success in your work. That comes first. Be successful and recruiters will be knocking down your door.
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.

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BCG Attorney Search is looking for driven recruiters to join our team. BCG Attorney Search covers the entire United States, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. We offer first-rate training and coaching, pay top of market commissions, pay our recruiters as employees and not independent contractors, and offer medical insurance and other benefits. Additionally, BCG is the best known brand in the industry and is part of a 200+ employee legal employment company. We offer a supportive cooperative atmosphere and provide you with everything you need to be the most effective recruiter possible (continually updated internal job database, massive advertising support, incredible back office support, and many other perks designed to ensure you match every possible candidate with every available position).

About Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes is a prominent figure in the legal placement industry, known for his expertise in attorney placements and his extensive knowledge of the legal profession.

With over 25 years of experience, he has established himself as a leading voice in the field and has helped thousands of lawyers and law students find their ideal career paths.

Barnes is a former federal law clerk and associate at Quinn Emanuel and a graduate of the University of Chicago College and the University of Virginia Law School. He was a Rhodes Scholar Finalist at the University of Chicago and a member of the University of Virginia Law Review. Early in his legal career, he enrolled in Stanford Business School but dropped out because he missed legal recruiting too much.

Barnes' approach to the legal industry is rooted in his commitment to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. He believes that the key to success in the legal profession is to be proactive, persistent, and disciplined in one's approach to work and life. He encourages lawyers to take ownership of their careers and to focus on developing their skills and expertise in a way that aligns with their passions and interests.

One of how Barnes provides support to lawyers is through his writing. On his blog,, and, he regularly shares his insights and advice on a range of topics related to the legal profession. Through his writing, he aims to empower lawyers to control their careers and make informed decisions about their professional development.

One of Barnes's fundamental philosophies in his writing is the importance of networking. He believes that networking is a critical component of career success and that it is essential for lawyers to establish relationships with others in their field. He encourages lawyers to attend events, join organizations, and connect with others in the legal community to build their professional networks.

Another central theme in Barnes' writing is the importance of personal and professional development. He believes that lawyers should continuously strive to improve themselves and develop their skills to succeed in their careers. He encourages lawyers to pursue ongoing education and training actively, read widely, and seek new opportunities for growth and development.

In addition to his work in the legal industry, Barnes is also a fitness and lifestyle enthusiast. He sees fitness and wellness as integral to his personal and professional development and encourages others to adopt a similar mindset. He starts his day at 4:00 am and dedicates several daily hours to running, weightlifting, and pursuing spiritual disciplines.

Finally, Barnes is a strong advocate for community service and giving back. He volunteers for the University of Chicago, where he is the former area chair of Los Angeles for the University of Chicago Admissions Office. He also serves as the President of the Young Presidents Organization's Century City Los Angeles Chapter, where he works to support and connect young business leaders.

In conclusion, Harrison Barnes is a visionary legal industry leader committed to helping lawyers achieve their full potential. Through his work at BCG Attorney Search, writing, and community involvement, he empowers lawyers to take control of their careers, develop their skills continuously, and lead fulfilling and successful lives. His philosophy of being proactive, persistent, and disciplined, combined with his focus on personal and professional development, makes him a valuable resource for anyone looking to succeed in the legal profession.

About BCG Attorney Search

BCG Attorney Search matches attorneys and law firms with unparalleled expertise and drive, while achieving results. Known globally for its success in locating and placing attorneys in law firms of all sizes, BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys in law firms in thousands of different law firms around the country. Unlike other legal placement firms, BCG Attorney Search brings massive resources of over 150 employees to its placement efforts locating positions and opportunities its competitors simply cannot. Every legal recruiter at BCG Attorney Search is a former successful attorney who attended a top law school, worked in top law firms and brought massive drive and commitment to their work. BCG Attorney Search legal recruiters take your legal career seriously and understand attorneys. For more information, please visit

Harrison Barnes does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for attorneys and law students each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can attend anonymously and ask questions about your career, this article, or any other legal career-related topics. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

Harrison also does a weekly free webinar with live Q&A for law firms, companies, and others who hire attorneys each Wednesday at 10:00 am PST. You can sign up for the weekly webinar here: Register on Zoom

You can browse a list of past webinars here: Webinar Replays

You can also listen to Harrison Barnes Podcasts here: Attorney Career Advice Podcasts

You can also read Harrison Barnes' articles and books here: Harrison's Perspectives

Harrison Barnes is the legal profession's mentor and may be the only person in your legal career who will tell you why you are not reaching your full potential and what you really need to do to grow as an attorney--regardless of how much it hurts. If you prefer truth to stagnation, growth to comfort, and actionable ideas instead of fluffy concepts, you and Harrison will get along just fine. If, however, you want to stay where you are, talk about your past successes, and feel comfortable, Harrison is not for you.

Truly great mentors are like parents, doctors, therapists, spiritual figures, and others because in order to help you they need to expose you to pain and expose your weaknesses. But suppose you act on the advice and pain created by a mentor. In that case, you will become better: a better attorney, better employees, a better boss, know where you are going, and appreciate where you have been--you will hopefully also become a happier and better person. As you learn from Harrison, he hopes he will become your mentor.

To read more career and life advice articles visit Harrison's personal blog.

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