Itís no secret: jobs in the legal market are less plentiful than a year ago. If you are job-hunting, one way to raise your game is through the use of a legal recruiter. David Cowen, a global legal recruiter, shared these tips with me on how to choose the best recruiter to represent you in the legal job market. Here are some savvy questions to ask:
- What is the firmís referral-to-hire ratio? This ratio refers to the number of candidates referred for a position in relation to the number of employees hired.
- What type of placement does the firm specialize in? A search firm that specializes in your chosen field or legal niche will have a greater understanding of client needs, firm culture and overall market conditions in that field.
- Where were the firm's last three successful placements? Make sure the organizations in which the recruiter is placing candidates are the types of firms you want to work for.
- How will the search firm market you? According to Cowen, many search firms will simply send your resume out in an e-mail blast to employers. Make sure the recruiter you choose will work hard for you. At the very least, they should draft a customized bio, pitch your skills to potential employers and help prepare you for interviews.
- Do you understand the client? Make sure the recruiter understands your needs, career goals and what it takes to forge a successful ongoing relationship.
- What are your fees and how are they paid? Make sure any fees relating to your successful placement are paid by your new employer and not from your future earnings.
- Does the firm have access to job opportunities from coast to coast? If you are willing to relocate, make sure the search firm has access to the national market.