Hiring for a position in any organization can feel overwhelming at the best of times. This is particularly true when trying to fill experienced or specialized roles in law firms or corporations. . .Working with outside staffing firms can help to relieve the administrative and economic burdens of this process. Outside agencies are an easy way to supplement the traditional methods utilized by any organization while expanding the reach of the search. Not all staffing agencies are created equally, but consistently exploring the options is the only way to identify the best options available. Here are four reasons to return the next call you receive from a recruiter:
- Time is Money Better Spent Elsewhere
Every search takes time, money, and involves a great deal of documentation. This is time costs the firm money and directs precious resources away from more pressing business. Legal staffing firms are able to eliminate this burden by identifying and screening candidates. The ideal recruiter goes a step further by inquiring about the firm, the role, and culture to focus the search. The agency will also perform all background checks, review writing samples, investigate experience, and perform conflict checks before the candidates are ever presented. This allows the firm and its staff to stay focused on the business or practice of law until the right candidates are ready for consideration.
- Best Candidates Are Not Found in the Classifieds
People who review the classifieds regularly are often the unemployed or the inexperienced. The best candidates are frequently those people who are too busy in their current roles to read the classifieds. These passive candidates are interested in making a change for a number of reasons and can only be reached by more creative approaches. A competent recruiter builds personal relationships with a wide variety of candidates from senior partners to paralegals. This relationship based approach is necessary because passive candidates want to make the right moves for their careers and the long term. Prospective employers can tap into this network that is otherwise inaccessible by utilizing a range of staffing agencies.
- Perfection is Possible.
The perfect candidate for any position is out there, but it takes legwork to find the person. Working with a legal staffing firm can make perfection attainable without the burden. Quality recruiters, like those at Tower Legal Solutions, know how to find the right candidates and create excitement about your opportunity. This step is crucial because high-caliber candidates have options—including your competitors. A recruiter is your advocate to these candidates who will take the basics and build a compelling story about why they should select your opportunity. The recruiter is also the intermediary who can help provide the realistic input to filter out someone who may not be a good fit.
- Nothing to Lose. Everything to Gain
Most legal staffing agencies only charge a fee if they are successful. These fees should be negotiated and documented up front. This transparency ensures that the recruiter is motivated to find the right person for the firm because there is no payment unless you are satisfied. Meanwhile, the firm enjoys the benefits of seeing an added depth to its search without any risk. In fact, many firms often work with multiple staffing firms to have the greatest reach possible with any search.
All firms and legal departments most likely have made some decisions about legal staffing firms in their market. However, it never hurts to open up that approach for the next search. Returning the next cold call or email from a recruiter, like those at Tower Legal Solutions, can provide tremendous benefits with little downside. But you will never know until you answer her call.
BY: JESSICA BERNS
ABOUT TOWER AND THE AUTHOR
TOWER LEGAL SOLUTIONS AND TOWER CONSULTING SERVICES HAVE SPECIALIZED KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERTISE THAT HAS PROVEN TO HELP LAW FIRMS AND CORPORATIONS IDENTIFY AND HIRE HIGHLY SKILLED CANDIDATES. TOWER HAS A NATIONAL PRESENCE WITH OFFICES IN NEW YORK, WASHINGTON, D.C., CHARLOTTE, DALLAS, MINNEAPOLIS AND LOS ANGELES. JESSICA HAS A JURIS DOCTORATE FROM HAMLINE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW AND IS EXPERIENCED IN BOTH MANAGEMENT AND STAFFING SERVICES. SHE CURRENTLY WORKS IN THE MINNEAPOLIS OFFICE OF TOWER.