In our Ask a Recruiter feature, a member of our specialist team will tackle a topic relating to attraction, recruitment and retention.
This month, we explain the benefits of working with a recruiter when hiring legal support staff.
We’ve tended to recruit directly when hiring legal secretaries within our firm. While we haven’t had to recruit for a while, when we did so, we found that we’d usually get a good response. Why should we enlist the help of a recruiter for this kind of role?
“In many law firms, the legal secretaries and support staff are the foundations of your business, so it’s important that you make the right hire when recruiting for these roles. Nowadays, there aren’t as many legal secretaries as there once were. This, coupled with the fact that they tend to be very loyal to their firms, with some legal secretaries staying with the same employers for decades, means there’s a smaller pool of candidates actively looking to move.
Instructing a specialist recruiter who knows the market well will help you find the person you’re looking for quickly, saving you effort, time and, ultimately, money.
At Realm, I specialise in recruiting legal support staff in the North West. I spend my time building relationships with legal secretaries across the region, so if you instruct me on a role, I will already be speaking to those looking to move. Or, if there’s someone you’re interested in speaking to who’s not active on the jobs market, I can reach out to them on your behalf.
A recruiter like me will also work hard to properly understand your business including your commercial priorities, goals and culture. They’ll ask you the right questions at every stage of the hiring process so they can put the right individuals in front of you and take the guesswork out of recruitment.
A specialist recruiter will also be your brand ambassador. They’ll tell your story and sell your employer brand to the market, through job advertising and conversations with potential candidates, to appeal to and attract the right person.
A recruiter who works for a recruitment consultancy like Realm can also offer you data-driven insight on market-rate to ensure that your expectations for the role are realistic. They’ll also handle any difficult conversations on your behalf so you don’t have to get involved in salary negotiations, for example, or discussions about benefits or holiday allowance so that you can focus on running your business.”
Are you looking to grow your support team?
If you’re looking to hire a legal secretary, our specialist legal recruitment team is ready to help you. Get in touch with us on 03300 245 606 or email email@example.com.