Legal Recruiters can be a great asset during your job search, but remember they work for the hiring company, not for you. There are two types of recruiters. Contingency recruiters are paid by the company only if the candidate they recommend is hired. Retained recruiters are paid whether the candidate is hired or not.
There are many excellent legal recruiters who will go the extra mile to help you land a job. On the other hand, some recruiters exaggerate their placement records and don’t have your best interests at heart. Good recruiters are easy to identify. They’re extremely knowledgeable about legal employers and practice areas. They return your phone calls and e-mails, and they treat you with respect. They’ll help you review your résumé and cover letter and prepare for interviews, and they’ll give you honest advice about whether a job is the right fit for you or not. The best recruiters will even tell you if they think that you don’t need their services, and that you should pursue jobs through your college’s career services center or through other methods. If a recruiter isn’t providing you with this level of service, you should find one who will. One way to find a quality recruiter is to contact the National Association of Legal Search Consultants. Recruiters who are members of this organization adhere to its code of ethics regarding recruiter/candidate relationships.
Keep the following in mind when working with recruiters:
The above was adapted from the Vault Guide to Law.
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