HOW TAYLOR ROOT CAN ASSIST
We will meet with you to identify your objectives, provide CV advice and discuss your experience and potential options. We will also discuss which firms you would like to proactively approach and will use the CV we prepare to make aproaches on your behalf.
We will alert you to relevant new vacancies that arise. Once you have given your consent, we will approach the firm with your CV with the intention of securing you an interview. Because of the strength and longevity of our reputation in the market, our clients listen to our advice.
Once you have secured interviews, we will help you to prepare by offering interview advice as well as specific information about the partners, team and firm that you are interviewing with. We can also provide a mock interview to aid your preparation. We will communicate feedback from the firm and keep you informed of the outcome of the process.
When you receive an offer, we will walk you through the entire process including salary negotiation, comparing multiple offers, acceptance, possible qualification leave, the resignation process and ultimate start date. If you have a variety of choices we can discuss each on their merits and help you decide which offer is best for you and your career.
KEEPING YOUR OPTIONS OPEN
As an NQ you have a broad range of career options available to you. These include working for a range of different sized law firms, in-house at a corporate or a bank, in a government body or local authority, overseas or even outside the law.
Your choice will be totally dependent on the area you wish to specialise in. What you need to consider is, ‘Where will I receive the best training and exposure to the type of work I wish to do?’ Your ideal situation is to obtain a position with a firm which is respected in your chosen practice area. It may, occasionally, be the case that you need to work your way towards the firm you ideally want to be with, working for others along the way while building your skills and experience.
Carry out as much research as possible to find out which firms have the best reputation in your chosen field, and take advantage of your recruiter’s knowledge of the market.
If you do decide to speak to more than one agency, always insist that they get your consent before sending your CV out. At Taylor Root this is a matter of course, but other agencies are not so scrupulous. To avoid duplication, keep an accurate list of where you have been sent and by which recruiter.
DECIDING ON A PRACTICE AREA
There are a number of factors to consider when making this decision, but the most important of all is to ensure that you genuinely enjoy the work and that you can see yourself doing it for the rest of your career.
We are often asked whether lawyers can change practice areas further down the line. Whilst not impossible, such a move would be very much the exception rather than the norm and you should not rely on it. This underlines the importance of the decision you make on qualification.
We advise Newly Qualified lawyers to indicate a strong preference but to think about whether there is another practice area that they would also consider. Finally, never accept a role upon qualifying on the basis that it is the only offer you have received and you can’t be bothered to look elsewhere or because you like the people. Always consider the medium/long term. If not, you may well regret it.