Summary: Be aware of the signs that you are working with a bad recruiter so that you can protect yourself and find a good legal recruiter to help you.
Not all legal recruiters can be trusted. They can quite often be placed in the same category as the dreaded car salesman, real estate agent, talent agents, and more. Harrison Barnes explains in his article, “How Legal Recruiters Manipulate You,” how to find a good recruiter that will work with and help your career.
Recruiters don’t get paid until you do. Manipulative recruiters work only to get you a job so that they can collect their commission. They are not considered about whether the firm will be a good fit for you. You can expect a quick placement but not a good one.
A good recruiter collects as much information as possible. They need to know about firms, trends, jobs, and you in order to find the best law firm fit for you. If you are not hearing from your recruiter at least once a week then there is a problem. You need to be completely confident that the recruiter is working behind the scenes to find opportunities for you.
Legal recruiters have a skill for getting interviews; the tricky part is getting an offer. They know how to find the jobs, work your resume, and coach you for interviews but they can’t make the deal entirely on their own. Trying to do this on your own will be impossible. Recruiters should be well-liked by not just you because chances are if you are not excited about them then chances are law firms won’t like them either.
The legal industry is a tough industry. There are not enough positions for the number of attorneys out there. This means that law firms can be selective in their search for just the best of the best attorneys. Barnes points out that less than 3 percent of attorneys will ever be qualified enough for a recruiter to place in a permanent law firm position. Less than 1 percent at any given time are going to be placed by legal recruiters. A bad legal recruiter will convince you that are in the top percent so that they can get any chance of getting you into a position so that they can collect commission. They will get your hopes up that you are more qualified than you are
Bad recruiters will find potential clients by advertising, bribes, branding their firms’ experience, cold calls, emails or LinkedIn, and networking. They will also convince you to submit your resume, submit it as a “blind” submission, submit it without your permission, and lie to you about the position. These same bad recruiters will then encourage you to take the first offer you receive without concern over if the fit will be good for long-term success. They could care less that the offer is for less money than you are currently making, for worse benefits, or just an overall bad offer.
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To learn more about working with recruiters, read these articles:
- 14 Reasons Why You Should Never Hire a Legal Recruiter
- The Best Legal Recruiter Can Market Most Attorneys
- Working with a Legal Recruiter Explained