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Are you a commercially minded legal professional who is short on time but needs to stay on top of current trends, challenges and competitor activity for the good of your business? Twitter is a great way for you to stay ahead of the game, and get the insights and industry know-how you need to succeed. Give these Twitter accounts a follow today, and start engaging with some of the best of your legal profession. As the number of solicitors qualified to work in England and Wales continue to rocket (up a massive 36% from ten years ago) and the demand for commercially minded lawyers outstrips supply, the need to save time becomes an essential trait for lawyers. Plus, increasingly, our clients are seeking legal candidates who are aware of current affairs, trends, challenges and competitor activity and who can apply this knowledge to make strategic decisions and contribute to the growth of their organisation. However, with 126 million active users, and the average lawyer we work with having a large workload and very little time, it can often be difficult to sift through the thousands of accounts relevant to you. To give you a helping hand, we have listed the top Twitter accounts most useful to legal professionals who need to be commercially focussed. 1. @Lawsocgazette – Law Society Gazette’s official Twitter page offers a concise feed featuring top daily legal headlines along with links to a range of topics such as opinion pieces on Brexit’s impact on the legal sector, reports on work/life balance for solicitors and even careers advice for practising solicitors. 2. @LocGovLawyer – Local Government Lawyer provides news, analysis, events and jobs covering legal practice in both local government and the wider public sector. 3. @LegalWeek – Legal Week’s feed is regularly updated with key news and insight for business lawyers, offering advice for both novice and seasoned legal professionals. 4. @Legal500 – Legal 500 is a leading guide to law firms and solicitors in the UK. More than four million users visit The Legal 500 website and their Twitter account is a great spot for all the latest news, industry rankings and resources. A must for any legal professional! 5. @TheLawyermag – The Lawyer Magazine's official feed is full of news, events and insights within the legal sector across the glove. A highly respected publications, and one almost every legal professional will find interesting. A great resource if you want to keep up-to-date! 6. @JoshuaRozenberg –Joshua is Britain's best-known commentator on the law. He previously trained as a Lawyer and transitioned to a BBC journalist and regularly comments on breaking legal stories. Top tip, check out Joshua’s followers if you want to expand your reach and network with legal professionals across the globe! 7. @GdnLaw – Arguably the best of the national press, The Guardian Law’s Twitter feed features breaking legal news from both the UK and international markets, highlighting prominent legal professionals and offers careers advice. 8. @Lawyerist – The Lawyerist gives legal porfesisonals of all levels light-hearted insight into the legal world, with news, events, opinions and memes on current affairs. 9. @Legalcheek – Legal Cheek’s Twitter feed provides comic relief for those in the legal sector, often highlighting the latest news with a humorous perspective. We love their weekly roundup of legal news every Monday! 10. @GlobalLegalPost – Global Legal Post provides an excellent rundown of the globes legal news, analysis and events. 11. @fdelond – Prof Fiona de Londras is a human rights lawyer with a great reputation and following. She is a practicing lawyer, self-proclaimed feminist and immigrant and is the current Professor if Global Legal Studies Birmingham University. Tweeting about everything from Brexit to abortion law, her feed is sure worth a follow. 12. @SellickGroup – no legal Twitter list would be complete without our own Twitter page! Our legal community follows us to stay-up-to-date with the legal jobs market, get the latest insights from our expert legal recruitment consultants and news related to the legal sector. Be sure to follow us for the latest news , events , press coverage and legal jobs. What next? If you found this blog useful and are looking for a new legal opportunity we would love to hear from you. Check out our latest legal jobs today, or contact me directly by calling 0161 834 1642 or email me on email@example.com. Or, for further information on how to use social media in your job search or tips on developing your online brand as a lawyer, check out our candidate resources page.
There are many more options available to students who come out of college and the limitations do not stop at University. Apprenticeships are becoming more and more common amongst young adults as it provides a real chance to put your skills into practice with hands-on training whilst earning a wage. With university costs mounting to almost £10,000 per year and all the associated add on costs (e.g. food and accommodation) I can see why so many young people are now choosing to go down the apprenticeship route. In addition to the monetary benefits there are a huge number of extra benefits of doing an apprenticeship. These include: You won’t come out of an apprenticeship laden with thousands of pounds of debt. The average university student now graduates with over £36,000 of debt, and there is no guarantee of a job at the end of it. With an apprenticeship, you earn whilst you study, and you have a great chance of securing a permanent position afterwards. If you are undertaking an apprenticeship your employer will usually allow you some study time during the working week, which is a massive benefit as it means you will still get your weekends to yourself to do the things you like to do. Whilst undertaking an apprenticeship you will be gaining real practical working experience, so you can put what you learn into practice, and your day-to-day duties can be tailored around the criteria of your current module. Your employer will be able to put a structured training programme into place which will help you achieve your educational goals, and meet their business needs Apprentices are also likely to progress within the business if they do well. At Sellick Partnership we have seen a number of apprentices from across the business progress into permanent roles and have a clear career progression pathway. This route is often a quicker way of getting onto the career ladder. As an apprentice, you will have a dedicated assessor who will help you out with the studies and qualifications step by step. You will have the opportunity to spend time with the assessor during the working week/month, and attend college for ad hoc sessions along with other apprentices. Whilst you are working as an apprentice, you get paid holidays just like other members of staff. You certainly don’t get paid for university holidays! Apprentices are also often entitled to a free 28 day travel card, and student discounts across a variety of different retail stores and restaurants/bars! Whatever path you decide to go down, whether it is a university degree or an apprenticeship, we would be keen to hear from you. We have a variety of candidate resources available to review which include CV tips, interview tips and preparation and also common interview questions that you may be asked at interview stage. If you are interested in working in a great recruitment business either in sales or business support, we have opportunities for graduate trainee consultants, as well as apprentices! Check them out on our work for us site, or contact our Internal Talent Manager Simon Briffa on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recently spoke to one of our legal candidates about her experience getting back into work after a period off. This can often be a challenging and stressful time for candidates, many of whom may be looking for a role that can work around their home life. In this follow up blog Senior Consultant Sara Robinson spoke to Louis Sebastian, Legal Services Manager at North West Leicestershire District Council, to get his thoughts on how we can support more legal candidates back into work, and what benefits he thinks some time off from work can have. What do you think some reservations hiring managers may have when looking at taking on someone who has had a long career break? I imagine the biggest reservation candidates have will be around their knowledge being up-to-date and what the training implications are because of this. They may also have reservations around their soft skills – things like time management. Taking a career break can impact your confidence, so candidates need to be given the assurance that they still have what it takes to be successful. Candidates coming back into work after a long break will also be facing a big shift in their routine, so some may also worry about how they are going to cope with getting back into the routine of work, something that can be challenging for the best of us. Do you think it’s particularly difficult to get back into work after a career break in sectors like legal? The legal sector moves very quickly. Not just with regards to changes in law and its underlying processes but also in the regulatory environment. It takes time and dedication to stay on top of everything which can be very difficult for practicing legal professionals, never mind those that have had a period of time off work. What sort of things do you think candidates can do to re-fresh their CV/experience to make it easier to get back into work? There are a lot of training courses out there that retuning candidates can take advantage of. For example, we have the LLG courses that would be relevant to people looking to get back in to local government legal work. These are important to build up knowledge and show hiring managers that you are committed to getting back into work. Just having some evidence on your CV that you have made some efforts to re-fresh your experience can go a long way to calming any reservations a hiring manager may have. Many places can see a career break as a negative thing, what do you think some of the benefits of having one can be? A lot of people have a long career break for family reasons and there are various skills that candidates can pick up as a result. I know first-hand that it can give you a real appreciation for time management. Candidates can also build up skills in co-ordinating and managing people that are transferrable as well. I often see the lines blurring between the skills I pick up in work and the ones I have picked up at home. When looking at CVs of candidates I am receptive to examples from outside of a work environment to demonstrate the attributes I am looking for. Candidates just need to ensure they detail whatever skills they have learnt on their CV as there are always ways to show career breaks in a positive light. What do you think organisations can do to try and support/encourage people to come back into work? Keeping on an open mind when you are going out to recruit and considering applications from all candidates is a good start. Hiring managers also need to ensure their adverts are accessible and do not put some people off. I have seen some firms state specifically that they are open to applications from people that have had a career break on the advert which I think is a great step forward. I imagine that a lot of people count themselves out of a lot of roles as soon as they read an advert, so it is important to make the role look attainable to as many candidates as possible. When employers know that someone is leaving for a maternity or career break they could add them into an alumni association or a group that enables them to keep in touch with the business and, in this sector, law. This is something that we had at my old firm and whilst it is more of a social thing, it is a way for people to keep in touch. It could be expanded to include details of training course, which would be helpful to someone who is looking to re-fresh their skills. Do you have any other advice for candidates that may have had a career break but are getting back into the legal sector? Locum roles are great as they allow candidates to gain hands on experience without the employer having to commit to a permanent contract in the first instance. Recruiters can play a vital role here, especially in helping legal candidates gain the experience needed to get back into work. Recruiters work with hiring managers daily and will be able to look for suitable vacancies and support candidates in finding a role. Locum roles often come up with very little notice, so being in touch with a recruiter can be helpful in learning about new opportunities first. Starting off on a locum contract can help and this is also where recruiters can be a real asset. They can work with candidates to build up experience through locum contracts and then use this to help them gain permanent employment, if that is what the candidate is looking for. There are lots of vacancies in the legal sector, particularly in local government and hiring managers are struggling to find suitable candidates. Doing more to support candidates that are looking to get back into work could help. If hiring managers were more open, they could widen their talent pool and fill more posts whilst assisting legal candidates back into work. Can we help you? If you are currently off work and looking to secure a new opportunity or are thinking about taking a career break and would like some advice, get in touch. A member of our legal recruitment team would be more than happy to help. Alternatively, you can check out our latest legal jobs here.