Top Tips for Candidates – finding & getting the right legal job (Part 5)
Posted 23 Aug 2015 by Toby Williamson
Tip 10: Be
Be patient – your dream role with your dream firm might not
be on offer right now – so be prepared to hold out and wait rather than make a
wrong career move. You do not want to have lots of moves on your CV in your
You are much better waiting months for the right role to come up
rather than just taking the first offer you get. Again this is where a good legal job recruiter
you trust will prove to be invaluable.
They will be able to advise you if that
is the best offer and / or law firm you are likely to get an offer from. If you
have worked at other good firms in the area and have been turned down (or have
turned down) offers from others you may be in danger of exhausting your
options. You need to trust your gut instinct as well – if you like the lawyers
at the law firm, are sure the culture is what you are looking for and the work
is of the right quality then go for it. If you have doubts then don’t accept
until any issues have been ironed out and you are happy.
A good legal recruitment
agency will be invaluable here – they can ask the law firms questions that
you would not be able to ask yourself and can help you make sure you are
confident you are making the right move – or that turning the offer down is the
right thing to do.
Good recruiters don’t put square pegs in round holes and
don’t pressurise lawyers into taking unsuitable jobs. Make sure you are
speaking to a good recruiter!