Why ‘faceless’ recruiting could kill your legal career prospects

The time has come to take the next step on the legal career ladder. Perhaps you’re looking to secure a traineeship with a firm of choice or you’re a well-seasoned professional seeking new opportunities. Regardless of where you are in your career, job-hunting is rarely a quick and painless process. If your first step has been to team up with a recruitment agency, you may be in luck: depending on their skill and experience, working with a recruiter to find your dream job can make the whole experience easier, more efficient and more enjoyable.

However, once you’ve settled on a recruiter, you have an important decision to make: should you meet the consultant beforehand, or are you happy for your CV to be sent out on the basis of phone conversation or email exchange?

If you’re like the majority of candidates, you’ll be tempted to opt for the latter. Most services can be accessed digitally, after all – why should recruitment be any different? Unfortunately, it’s this line of thought that can sometimes come between a talented professional and a perfect opportunity. When it comes to finding a role thats right for you, a face-to-face meeting can make all the difference. Let’s look at the reasons why:

Building brand you

In order to help you find the job you want, a recruiter needs to build a clear picture of you as a candidate: your strengths, your work experience, what motivates you, your achievements – the list goes on. From here, they can begin to work with you in building your “employee brand.” While this information can be gathered from a phone call or even an email exchange, a face-to-face meeting in a relaxed setting tends to facilitate conversation and make candidates feel more comfortable divulging their work history and career goals.

Good communication = good results  

It goes without saying that the digital age has drastically simplified communication: today, we could be alone in a room talking to hundreds of people at once, be it through instant messaging, email or social media. However, with 55% of our communication coming from body language, it’s hard to deny the advantage that physically meeting someone can have over digital messages. Instead of taking the time to write the right responses, your recruiter should see the real you.

That way, they will be able to judge whether new vacancies are relevant for you. 

Finding the right fit

Meeting your recruiter in person will allow them to not only understand your ambitions for career progression but the kind of working environment you thrive in. Research shows a clear correlation between company culture and employee wellbeing, which means it should rank high on your list of priorities for your next employer. Arranging even a quick face-to-face conversation with your recruitment consultant will enable them to match you with companies who foster an environment that is complementary to your personality and skills.

Relationships mean business

Your recruitment consultant is dedicated in finding a role that brings out the best in you. If they are successful, you may not need them for a while. But that doesn’t mean you should completely cut contact. No matter what twists and turns your career path takes, a specialist recruiter is a useful ally to have: from tailored updates on relevant opportunities to industry news and market insight, they’ll keep you in the loop to make sure you’re not missing out. By meeting you in person and building a professional relationship over time, you can rely on your recruiter to find a job that’s right for you if and when the time comes.