August 2013 Legal Recruitment Newsletter

Welcome to the August edition of Legal Recruitment News for Employers. We have included a market update, articles on getting fired, solicitors with following and Google adwords.

Legal Recruitment News is written by Jonathan Fagan, MD of the Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment group (Interim Lawyers, Ten-Percent, Ten-Percent Legal Careers and TP Transcriptions).

Job Market Update – August 7th
A new MarkIt Report shows strongest growth in Service Sector since 2006.

The July 2013 report by MarkIt and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) shows that the UK service sector expanded at its quickest pace for over six-and-a-half years in July as new business continued to rise strongly amid evidence of an improvement in market conditions.

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CV Reviews – Volunteers Wanted

Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment have been operating a Legal Careers Service for over 10 years. Every August we think of something new to do – one year we contacted all the law departments at various universities to offer our services, another year we offered University Law Societies free careers products.

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What Role do Recruitment Agencies have in a post-recession world?

Recruitment has always been at the more risky end of the service sector in relation to effects of recession. I can remember starting my consultancy Ten Percent Legal Recruitment back in April 2000 and speaking to an elderly lady who was working as a police station visitor at the time. When I mentioned that I had set up a recruitment agency she replied “you had better hope there is not a recession if you are doing permanent recruitment”.

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10 Ways to Get Fired

Not that this comes up very often, but it is harder to get fired from a job than you would imagine.
That said, a recent experience with an employer in North Wales indicates that it is possible to be fired for wearing a pink shirt, getting pregnant (the same employer was witnessed to observe that pregnant women were ‘bad for business’) or costing too much money.

So here are the 10 best ways to get (almost) instantly fired.

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I want to get out of law and am completely fed up, what can I do?

This relates to a number of queries that have come into the Ten Legal Careers Centre over the last six months, although the level of enquiries of this nature has dropped (excluding crime solicitors).

Redundancy or threat of redundancy is one of the main reasons for this enquiry. Lawyers take the opportunity that redundancy presents to reconsider their lives and their positions and to perhaps decide that remaining in the legal profession is something they do not need to do at present, particularly when there are so few jobs currently out there in some fields.

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Using a Personal Statement on a CV
One thing that is often apparent on CVs is that people seem to take the wrong approach to their personal statement on the CV. It seems to be the accepted norm that the personal statement is used to put down quite a bland description of what the individual perceives to be their skills. This means that the CV ends up with something along the lines of….

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Charity Donations

The Ten-Percent Foundation is still determining its charitable donations for 2013. We like giving money to legal charities or charities with links to solicitors or charities operated or established by solicitors. Recently we donated money to two Lincolnshire charities at the behest of Hodgkinsons Solicitors, Merseyside Welfare Rights and Alder Hey childrens hospital.

If you have any suggestions please email Jonathan Fagan at The foundation likes to donate sums of around £500-£1,000 although we donate larger sums as well. No form filling is required and we prefer specific projects or smaller charities.

We hope you have enjoyed reading our newsletter and look forward to hearing from you if we can assist further.

Warm regards

Jonathan Fagan

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