A candidate recently asked me “What do recruiters actually do?” If it is your first time using a recruitment consultant or you’ve had a bad experience in the past this article explains what a good recruitment consultant does and how to get the best out of us.
At DMJ we believe it our responsibility to:
· ensure you are aware of a wide variety of relevant opportunities;
· make you feel in control of the process;
· reduce the time you spend on applications and research prior to interviews; and
· ensure that the interview process goes as smoothly as possible from start to finish.
How do we do that?
· Develop background knowledge – each law firm hires a different profile of lawyer, often the profile differs from office to office and team to team. We get to know not just what qualifications, technical skills and experience each firm values but also understand the less tangible expectations of employees (such as working hours culture) and the personalities that will fit with their existing team.
· Collect market knowledge – we make sure that we know which firms are going to be hiring, what roles they will be hiring for and when they will start the process. These daily conversations mean we also know which practice areas are busy and which are quiet.
· Maintain our network – even when you’re not looking to move we like to keep in touch. Speaking to lots of candidates means we have plenty of context about a broad range of firms and when you do decide to move it you won’t be dealing with a stranger.
· Get to know your motivations – your CV can only tell us so much about you. We always try to meet with prospective candidates so we can fully understand your career aspirations, your wider motivations and get a much deeper understanding of experience to date. This thorough briefing process has a real impact on the likelihood of you securing interviews with the best firms and is the reason so many firms have us on their preferred supplier list.
· Ensure you are in control of the process – we will manage the recruitment process for you.
o We will NEVER send your CV to an employer without your permission.
o We keep you informed of any relevant opportunities while you are looking for a new role.
o We follow up on CV submissions and ensure you are prepared for interviews. We’ll give you coaching if you need it but at the very least we will tell you what format the interview will take and who is going to be interviewing you.
o We will get feedback after each interview both from you and the employer so we can address any issues either of you may have.
o When you receive an offer we will negotiate the best possible salary on your behalf. Having us do this means that any negotiations won’t impact on your relationship with the firm when you start work.
o From offer to acceptance we will keep in touch with both you and the employer to make sure that everything goes smoothly on your first day and through the first months.
How you can get the best out of us
· Keep control of your CV
o Limit the distribution of your CV (typically we recommend you use between one and three recruiters)
o Make sure recruiters need to ask your permission every time they want to put you forward for a new role. If you don’t trust them ask them to remove you from their system.
o If two recruiters approach you about the same role or your CV is put forward for the same role by two recruiters, then use the recruiter you first authorized to put you forward for the position.
· Understand how jobs boards and CV libraries work – when you apply for a role through a job site the recruitment firm will add your CV and details to their database. When you add your CV to a CV library then it can be found by any recruiter with login details.
· Be honest with us – the better we understand you and your motivations, the better the service we can deliver to you.
· Be responsive – returning our calls, even very briefly, and responding to our emails will help us portray you in the best light to employers as we can be responsive with them.
We hope to be one of the firms you work with.