Attorneys, paralegals, and legal administrators use recruitment agencies to help them find meaningful and lasting employment. Legal recruiters fill positions in departments of corporate law, large law firms, government agencies, and more. A recruiter is often an attorney or ex-attorney themselves, or is a skilled paralegal with an employment history in human resources. These individuals usually also havea bachelor’s degree in legal administration and/or have at least two years of experience in personnel management.
It’s difficult to knowwhether a firm has an open position until (and unless) that firm announces it.If they decided to broadcast their availability,they may use newspapers and websites in order to advertise the fact that they are accepting applications. Legal recruitment services from The Heller Group or other high-quality recruiting firms can help clients handle this time-consuming process by posting openings on specialized recruiting websites and online bulletin boards. After announcing that the firm is seeking new candidates, they handle the incoming tide of resumes and cover letters. A recruiter will examine applications, running background checks, evaluatingcandidates’ resumes and accompanying letters,and ascertaining if skills match position requirements. After sorting through the options, leaving only those candidates of the highest quality, the recruiter may then also arrange preliminaryinterviews.
Should a firm desire a higher level of privacy, the recruiter can withhold the firm’s identity until the final phase of the recruiting process. In addition, employers need to verify levels of education, employment history, and criminal background checks of prospective employees. This process entails a great deal of time, and involves running reports and substantiating information. By executing the background checks, phoning references and administering preliminary interviews, a recruitment agency lets a firm focus on other essential tasks.
Law school graduates often enlist the help of legal recruiting professionals, who can provide applicants with recourse to new contacts and detailed content of position openings. In this way, candidates seeking legal employment can eliminate a great deal of footwork. Because a recruiter has access to many clients, they can use a candidate’s single application to apply for multiple positions and interviews. This decreases the candidate’s need to keep repeating the application process. A hiring firm probably has an established relationship with the recruiter, and that’s is the reason why the firm has looked to the recruiter for assistance. Without the recruiter’s influence, many applicants would not have access to all the best firms. Sometimes, even the most qualified candidates aren’t able to access a firm except through a legal recruiter professional.