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Suffering Lies in Your Perception of the Fact and Not the Fact Itself
published September 22, 2014
"Working on and finishing, not one, but two senior theses my senior year of college. One would think it would have been stressful, but it was the most fun and satisfying thing I have done academically to date. It taught me a lot. Most of the time, I used to cram for exams and write papers not more than a week or two before they were due. However, this forced me to work on something for over a year and it was so gratifying to be able to present the finished product at the seminars!"
"In order to be a successful legal recruiter, I believe that one has to possess a high knowledge about the legal job market, effective marketing skills, empathy and good listening skills.
First and foremost, it is important to have an excellent handle on what is happening in the legal market in general but also specifically in your geographic area. I want to be able to advise my candidates on all their options, and I cannot do that unless I keep up to date on which firms are merging, which practice areas are more lucrative, etc.
Second, you need to really know how to market candidates in the right way to the right employer. A significant portion of my time is devoted to figuring out which employers to approach on behalf of the candidate. Besides making sure that the candidates' skill set matches up with the job, I try to make sure that many of the intangible requirements (work place atmosphere, personalities etc.) are a good match as well even before submitting the application. I also make sure that when the candidate is submitted, that his or her application materials are as specific and detailed as possible. As such, I also spend a substantial percentage on revising and editing business plans and resumes so the employer can clearly envision what the candidate does in his or her current position.
Empathy and compassion also play a big role, not only in my profession, but in life in general! You want to always put yourself in other people's shoes and advise them in a way that makes sense in their life. People are motivated by different things and you want to be sensitive to that when giving them direction.
Lastly, listening skills are huge! Life is busy, and there are so many things going on at once. As such, some people tend to multitask while listening-instead of really hearing what the other person is saying when they are talking, they are already thinking of what their response is going to be or a follow-up question to the person's response. It makes you a much better recruiter (friend, wife, mother, etc.) if you don't do that!"
"I am known by the clients (employers) for my professionalism. I make sure I provide them with the best candidates possible, and if something goes wrong, I make sure I remedy the situation as quickly as possible. In regards to candidates, I am also really dedicated to the candidates I represent. I might not be able to find them a position right away, but I will stick with them for the long term and do everything in my power to make sure they have the best possible chance of success even if that means telling them to apply to places on their own."
"First, their qualifications and skill set have to match up with the positions for which they are applying. If that does not match up, then the rest does not matter. Assuming that is copasetic, then I try to recommend employers that I think would be a good fit based on personalities and other intangibles. Really though, there is only so much I can do with that. They are either a match or they are not, and they won't know that until they go on an interview. It's kind of like dating. I do advise them to be themselves at all times. Trying to mold your personality or way of thinking for an interview is going to do both you and the employer a disservice in the long run."
"I did have a mentor. I think you have to have a mentor. I learned the right way and wrong way to do legal recruiting. Legal recruiters can be seen as vultures and unprofessional. However, if you do it the right way, it can be a rewarding profession that really offers a benefit to the job seeker. That is what my mentor showed me. I am acting as a mentor to some attorneys who are seeking positions. I am not necessarily be able to represent them, but I do chat with them once every two months to discuss strategy in their job search, etc."
"I volunteer with Training Futures of Northern Virginia. I do informative career panels and mock interview sessions with their trainees. They are an amazing non-profit organization. They offer a 6 month training course for underprivileged, underemployed or unemployed people and then help them transition into jobs in an office environment so that they can have opportunities in life that they otherwise would not have. They train them in computer skills, communication skills, and office skills and set them up with internships to practice what they learned. For many of these people it's life changing when they get these office jobs and they are able to support their families and really better their lives."
"My husband! He has such a strong character and strong moral compass but yet is very forgiving. He believes in keeping promises and finishing out tasks to the end when people rely on you, even if you are not happy doing it! That is such a good thing to teach people both in their professional life and personal life. I would totally let my kids off the hook if they are uncomfortable doing something. However, he makes sure that they finish things out. What a great thing to teach them!"
"Professionally-I would like to expand the company's reach and offer some career coaching services in addition to recruiting services. I would need to get my masters in career counseling to do that, so that would be one step; (2) I would like to expand the reach of my company geographically, so I would need to hire a recruiter in another region to do that. That would another step; (3) I would like to do more volunteer work with Training Futures.
Personally-I would like to have every room in the house painted and decorated by Thanksgiving! We just lost steam. I would also like to go on more date nights! I would like to volunteer more at my son's school or daughter's school. I would like to run the GW parkway classic 10 miler again to beat my previous time. I would like to do another Christmas service project or drive like we did last year to teach my kids the importance of giving back."
Patton Boggs LLP
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