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Working with a Legal Recruiter Explained
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Summary: Legal recruiters provide the knowledge and hard work necessary for the most talented candidates trying to navigate the law firm recruitment process.

See “A Comprehensive Guide to Working with a Legal Recruiter” for a list of articles and other frequently asked questions.

  
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A legal recruiter is the best option for the top candidates when looking for a new job. They have the right connections and expertise to make sure your cover letter and resume are top notch. Legal recruiters are able to do the leg work by visiting law firms when you don’t have the time to each day. They can also know of job openings before they are publicly posted.

You don’t have to select the first recruiter that contacts you. Take your time to find one that works how you want them to. Just like when finding a realtor, do a little research of your own to find out which recruiters are highly recommended and which are not.

To get the most out of a legal recruiter, you must be honest in everything. They can’t help you if they don’t know your full background or what you are looking for in a new law firm. Be candid with your legal recruiter and explain to them if there are specific firms that you are not interested in or specific positions. When a legal recruiter knows your full story, they will know how to best market you to law firms that are looking for someone with your qualifications.

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Working with more than one recruiter is generally frowned upon. A recruiter only collects a fee if you are placed in a position with a new firm. If you have more than one trying to work for you, they may both send your resume to the same firms. When a recruiter finds out that you have another recruiter working for you, they may also less inclined to put forth all their effort into helping you get a new position since collecting a fee is no longer a promise.

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