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Advice for Newly Qualified Solicitors: Jaskiren Kalirai

by Sellick Partnership | 7 July 2021

We recently sat down with three legal professionals to find out how they secured their NQ positions and to find out how their experience was dealing with Sellick Partnership throughout the process.

What role are you in now? How did Sellick Partnership help you to secure the position?

I am working as a Newly Qualified Lawyer, within the Contracts and Procurement team at LGSS Law. Towards the end of my training contract, I knew I wanted to seek a challenge elsewhere, however I was focusing on looking at commercial property roles as this was the area I had the most experience in. When I spoke to Sellick Partnership about the contract and procurement lawyer role, I was a little unsure at first, however once I looked into this role further and after speaking with the team at Sellick Partnership about it, I realised that this was the perfect role for me to start my legal career and decided to go for it – it was the best choice I made, and it’s a perfect role for me!

How did you hear about Sellick Partnership?

The previous authority I worked at had used Sellick Partnership for a number of their locum positions and I had heard good things about how they work with locums, so I wanted to try them myself. 

How did Sellick Partnership assist with advising and guiding you on which areas of law would be best to go into? 

They were brilliant at providing help and guidance for me and sent me roles that I perhaps wouldn’t have considered. The team at Sellick Partnership pointed out that this role drew on experience gained in other jobs before my legal career, which would benefit me in my new role.

What advice did Sellick Partnership give you when looking for roles and how was this useful? 

They reminded me to be open minded about jobs and not limit myself. I had gained experience in a few areas of law, and the team at Sellick Partnership helped me focus on those different areas when considering different jobs. And as mentioned before, they looked at my CV as a whole, taking into consideration my previous experience, and helped me to use that as well to secure a role.

What did you find the hardest part of coming into the market as a Newly Qualified Solicitor after finishing your training contract?

The job search as a Newly Qualified Solicitor is really tough. It can feel like hiring managers are all looking for a Solicitor with at least a few years PQE. Also, it is hard as I was looking at the market as a whole without having a specific specialism in mind at that point. I thought I wanted to look at a commercial property role so naturally I was drawn to those jobs, but it is important to keep an open mind and look at any role where you have gained experience previously, as you never know which area of law you will end up enjoying working in. 

I finished my training contract in October 2020 and wanted to take some time out, but at that time of the year it is also difficult looking for a job as the market is really candidate heavy. However, once again with Sellick Partnership’s help and guidance I interviewed for this role at the beginning of December 2020 and started right after the Christmas break in January 2021 – it couldn’t have worked out better if we had tried! 

What were the benefits of working with Sellick Partnership rather than going through your job search alone? 

Looking for a job is a difficult task, especially during a global pandemic. However, working with Chelsey at Sellick Partnership made the process a lot better. I certainly didn’t feel alone during the process, and Chelsey was always on hand with an update or support when needed. 

Even after the interview, I was able to de-brief with Chelsey on how I thought it went, and she was able to obtain an update from LGSS Law fairly quickly, so there was not a lot of waiting around to find out how I did. Chelsey also helped me prepare for the interview and gave me some excellent tips – as during a pandemic, with remote interviews taking place, it’s rather different and strange at times. 

Were you aware that Sellick Partnership could assist with permanent roles?

I didn’t actually know that to begin with, I thought it was only locum roles, but after a quick call with Sellick Partnership, they reassured me and helped me find a permanent role! 

Would you recommend Sellick Partnership to others and why? 

Absolutely! I have already recommended Sellick Partnership to anyone I have spoken to who is looking for a new challenge. They are such a knowledgeable team, and so helpful, and most importantly they are able to advocate on your behalf to the recruiting team. So not only do you have your own interview to make a great impression – you then have the team from Sellick Partnership who will also help you in this process and really help the hiring manager see why you are a perfect fit for their team. 

They have such good working relationships with their clients, so they know what type of candidate their clients need when they are looking for a job. And they also take the time needed to understand what kind of job you are looking for as a candidate, and fit that perfect match. I truly don’t think I would have found a job that I love so much, had it not been for Chelsey at Sellick Partnership!