There may be a time in your legal career when you work with a legal recruiter to help you with your job search. A legal recruiter can be your greatest asset and ally by going to bat for you with a prospective employer. Keep in mind that they work for the employer and not for you. However, it is in your best interest to know how to work with them so they can advocate on your behalf when communicating with their client.
So here are 3 tips for working with a legal recruiter.
Stay on Their Radar
As the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease. Recruiters are more likely to refer opportunities to you if they remember you. After the initial meeting with them, be sure to continue to follow-up to ensure you stay top of mind when positions become available. If your resume has changed at all, use that as an excuse to reach out and send your updated resume. Take the initiative to contact them if you see they’ve posted a position for which you believe you are qualified. They may not have initially considered you, but be sure to let them know you are interested and state clearly why you think you would be a good fit for the position.
Legal recruiters are a wonderful and often untapped resource. They can offer a great unbiased opinion of your skills and marketability. Ask them for an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses. Also be sure to have them offer tips on how you can improve your resume and/or interviewing skills. Although they work for the employer, it is in their best interest to have as many qualified candidates at their disposal to fill positions when the time comes.
When interviewing with a recruiter for a particular position, resist the urge to say whatever you think they want to hear in order to move to the next step in the interview process. The truth eventually comes out and it ends up being a waste of your time and the time of all the parties involved. Instead, let the recruiter know exactly what you are looking for so they can match you with an employer that would be the best fit for you.
These are just a few tips for you to get the most out of working with a legal recruiter. It really comes down to helping them help you get your next dream job.