What to Look For When Choosing Legal Recruitment Agencies

If you’re scouring the legal recruitment agencies, looking at employment law jobs, then you might have already find the right agency, and the right job. If not, here’s what you need to look for.

1. You’ll want to choose an agency with lots of jobs. Unless the agency deals exclusively in an extremely niche area of the legal profession, then they need to have plenty of jobs.

2. As well as having lots of jobs, the agency will need to have relevant jobs. There’s no point in choosing an agency that mainly deals in IT, or construction jobs, when you’re looking for family law jobs, employment law jobs, or criminal law jobs. They’re less likely to have the sort of job you’re looking for, and may not have much experience in the legal field.

3. An agency with a good reputation will be worth considering. If the recruitment company has been going for years, then they’re obviously doing something right, and should be able to help you.

4. You might also want to know about their success rate. What percentage of candidates are matched with a suitable job, and how many of these are helped to get interviews and to find out more about the company they might be working for?

5. You’ll also want a contact person, so that you have the name of person looking for jobs for you. You’ll want to know what area they specialise in, and how well they know the legal recruitment industry.

6. It’s important that the recruitment agency is in constant communication with you. The agency needs to keep you informed of any new jobs, and how well your skills and experience match what the client is looking for. You won’t want to spend your time chasing up a recruitment company, only to find that the only person who knows what’s going on isn’t available.

7. Looking for jobs online on the legal recruitment agency’s website, will allow you to make good use of your time, and see which jobs are suitable for you. Once you’ve applied, you can expect to hear back from the legal recruitment agency, and see how your application is progressing.

8. By having the ability to upload your CV to the website, as well as send it in to the recruitment agency, you can be sure that many clients will be able to see your CV, and ask the recruitment agency to approach you.

9. On the website, you’ll want to be able to compare legal jobs, and see which are right for you. You might want to choose by job title, or location, or even by the firm of solicitors.

10. The right sort of recruitment company will help you as and when you need it. You might want to work for a particular law firm, or want to know what sort of skills and experience most law companies are looking for in addition to your legal qualifications.