How to get the attention of legal recruiters for your next move

It is estimated that the average person will change jobs seven times during their working lives, and as you progress and move into more senior roles, the longer you will remain in your role. But the further up the legal tree you climb, the fewer the number of opportunities that become available.

So when a new senior role does present itself, how can you position yourself as the candidate of choice for legal recruiters and employers?

If you have been in a senior role for some time the chances are it may have been a while since were last on the job market. Here are seven highly effective ways to grab the attention of those recruiters who can help take your career to the next level.

  1. Update your virtual CV: As well as your traditional CV, you need to ensure that your LinkedIn ‘virtual’ CV is up to date, too. This makes it easier for recruiters to search and find you online should a suitable role be available. We are often asked by our clients to actively search for candidates who are passive jobseekers that are currently ‘in’ the market as well as ‘on’ the market.
  2. Make a plan: It might seem painfully obvious, but the old adage ‘fail to plan, plan to fail’ is as true today as it ever has been. Write down your career goals and objectives and set a deadline by which you want to achieve them. This will keep you focused and make it easier for you to make informed decisions about the direction you head, after all you cannot afford to leave your career to chance.
  3. Don’t focus on job titles: It is easy to get distracted by having a bigger, better-sounding job title. Consider what your next role might be and how it might facilitate or hinder your longer-term career prospects.
  4. Be realistic: Make sure your goals are realistic and attainable and avoid the all-or-nothing approach to career progression. Target one career move at a time, even if that move is a lateral one. Sometimes a slower ascent to the top pays off particularly if there is the prospect of promotion further down the line.
  5. Network effectively: Whom you know is just as important as what you know in the promotion stakes, especially in the legal sector. Connect with those people within and outside your current organisation who could help your career whether through industry networking groups, internal committees or online groups such as those found on LinkedIn, for example. These people may not have a role that’s right for you in the here and now, but they may do so or they could introduce you to someone in their network who does.
  6. Be relevant: Keep up to date with the latest news and news. Be proactive by subscribing to the relevant news feeds, attend relevant seminars and conferences and use these as an opportunity to network with people who already working in the role that you want for yourself.
  7. Dip your toe in the promotional waters first: Nobody every dipped both feet into the water, so before you take the leap make sure you understand what you are getting yourself into. Talk to as many people as you can who are actually doing the job that you want and find out everything there is to know about the role.

Setting career objectives is more than simply saying that you ‘want’ to achieve ‘X’ within ‘Y’ timeframe, it’s saying you ‘will’ achieve it and that you have the drive to commit to those goals.

Whatever your situation, we can help advise you on your next career move – after all, we’re former solicitors ourselves and we have appointed people just like you. So we understand the career challenges you face.