During the past weeks I’ve received many emails asking for my list of UK legal recruiters I have used in the past.
It took me some time as I’ve been very busy lately, but I have finally had the time to go through the list I created some time ago and update it.
Why? Because the last time I looked at it was almost two years ago, when I finally found my current position.
A few tips for your job search:
- Be here. I know London is expensive and you might not want to move until you find the perfect job offer, but any recruiter will tell you that a UK address/phone number is essential.
- Make sure you have someone (possibly a native speaker) to check that what you’ve put on the CV makes sense in English – recruiters know English is not your first language, but you want to make sure they understand your skills.
- Adjust each CV for each position/Company/Law Firm, and keep track of what you sent, when and to whom you’ve sent it – you don’t want to discuss the wrong CV during your interview!
- Answer the phone and reply to emails promptly – you’ll be surprised by how quick the job market can be in London.
- Get in touch with as many recruiters you can. They work on a commission basis and will be more than happy to find you a job. And the only effective way of practicing your interviewing skills, is to be interviewed as many times as possible.
- Build a network. It is far more easy to land a job if you are recommended by a friend/colleague.
The first job I landed in London was as a Document Reviewer. It gave me an opportunity to pay the bills, to put some UK experience on my CV and to prove to myself I could find a job in this tough market.
If you want to get more info about Document Review jobs, go on docreview.co.uk and subscribe. You’ll receive offers for projects that are not published anywhere else, particularly if you have language skills.
Finally, as usual, feel free to leave comments and suggestions!