This candidate was also a dream because he trusted me to apply him to basically every strong firm that does real estate transactional / finance in the Portland market, including firms that didn't have a posted opening. While I normally research the best firms for my candidate's practice, especially when they are interested in applying opportunistically, this candidate sent me a list of firms that he wanted me to apply him to, so he made my job very easy. I sent him out to 22 firms in Portland in mid-March. Unsurprisingly, a Big Law firm that has a big presence in the Pacific Northwest and a small to mid-sized firm both reached out wanting to interview him. I wasn't sure how quickly he would get traction, simply because Portland is a small market, his practice area is quite niche (so there aren't a ton of openings), and he doesn't have the OR bar. I really wasn't sure how the latter would play out, but I was hoping that with his stellar credentials, great firms wouldn't care, and indeed they did not!
I ended up placing this candidate at the end of March, within two and a half weeks of submitting him. Both firms that interviewed him moved fast, because he's such a stellar candidate and because his wife already has a job lined up in Portland, and the family is planning on moving there in mid-April.
This candidate seemed very happy with how quickly things moved, and with the two firms that ended up giving him an Offer. He accepted one of the two offers within 24 hours of receiving it, and seems very excited for the opportunity. He tells me: "Amazing! You really are the best! I will be writing a fantastic review / reference / etc., as you absolutely deserve it!" Great candidates like him who are as kind and grateful as they come make me so happy to do this job!