Finding the Right Legal Recruiter For You


Not all legal recruiters are created equal. Here are tips for candidates who are considering the assistance of recruiters:

  1. Interview your recruiter before you engage them. Get to know them. Understand their primary client base and track record. Do your research.
  2. Understand your recruiter’s level & method of communication. This will allow you to sleep at night.
  3. Take full ownership of your job hunting process. Never surrender the process to someone else.
  4. Do not let a recruiter send your resume unless you give him/her permission.
  5. Track when and where resumes have been sent. Keep an ongoing record during the process.
  6. Your recruiter should not send your resume unless you know the employer has a specific position posted or the employer has shown a specific interest in learning more about you.
  7. Your recruiter should know if the employer pays a recruiter fee. If uncertain or does not, don’t have them send your resume. Employers who do not pay recruiter fees avoid openly solicited resumes from recruiters.
  8. Do not work with more than one recruiter at a time. If you choose two, make sure they do not cross wires and submit your resume to the same employer.

Editor’s Note: Lateral Moves: A Guide for Partners & Law Firms by Chris Batz

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