Case Study 1:
This attorney was very unhappy with what he perceived to be discriminatory practices within his law firm. Despite the candidate’s credentials, big law firm and judicial clerkship experiences, his confidence was shaken and interviews that he obtained on his own were unsuccessful. Furthermore, he never received feedback from those firms, which might have improved his interviewing experiences. Why should a candidate with strong credentials use the services of a recruiter if he may be able to obtain interviews on his own?
Attorney candidates don’t often realize that the recruiting process is far more intricate than just submitting a resume or interviewing. Careful attention must be paid to interview preparation, resume building, in addition to effective follow up communications with each firm/client. A recruiter is your personal manager, i.e., your “partner for success”. Our professionals carefully guided this candidate through the process of resume revision, interviewing preparation, and then discussed law firms where this attorney would likely feel more comfortable. Ultimately, this attorney received an offer from a law firm that specialized in his preferred area of law, and so his enthusiasm for practicing law blossomed. This candidate was successfully placed by partnering with an experienced recruiter who carefully listened to his needs, and guided him through the process from the beginning of the application process to the final acceptance of the firm’s offer of employment.
Case Study 2:
Stellar attorney candidate with top credentials sought a recruiter who would not only get her job interviews, but would also provide her with detailed information about the firms and how they interview candidates. This attorney interviewed more than a half dozen attorney recruiters, and ultimately chose Rifkin Consulting to represent her. The scope of this challenge was extremely broad, as this attorney wanted daily guidance about everything from resumes, thank you notes, cover letters, individual firm personalities, interviewing styles, and office dynamics. The candidate would be easy to place – the challenge was to provide the level of specific and current information that this attorney desired.
Our extensive recruiting experience with the law firms and job search process was crucial to providing this candidate with the level of information she sought. Respect for this candidate’s particular concerns and attention to detail was integral throughout the process, especially since this attorney interviewed with ten (10) top firms and received offers from nearly all of them. Working closely was also significant when dealing with conflicts issues after an offer was accepted, as this can be an extremely stressful time for a candidate. We worked intensively with this attorney through every step of this process for three months, resulting in a position with an elite law firm that exceeded her expectations. “Thank you very much for your commitment to my job search…your diligence and effort assured me that I would have the opportunity to explore a variety of possibilities to make the most informed decision…”