Saturday, October 20, 2012

Legal Jobs Update October 20th from Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment

Vacancy Update for 20th October 2012 - taken from our Daily Legal Jobs Blog - if you would like to apply for any post please email a CV to Ten-Percent Legal Recruitment - cv@ten-percent.co.uk and quote the reference number.

14695    Conveyancing and wills &; probate solicitor    Conveyancing and Wills & Probate Solicitor    Bristol    A conveyancing and wills & probate solicitor or legal executive is needed for a small firm in Bristol for a 6 month locum assignment for maternity cover to start ASAP.

14696    Litigation Solicitor    Civil Litigation Solicitor    Chelmsford    A mid Essex firm  is looking for a litigation solicitor or legal executive. The ideal candidate should have commercial or civil litigation experience and preferably employment law experience. The firm are looking for someone who has around 1-3 yrs PQE.

14697    Corporate Immigration Solicitor    Immigration Solicitor    West London    A small, expanding firm in West London is looking for a corporate immigration solicitor to assist with a busy caseload.

14698    Residential Conveyancing Solicitor    Conveyancing Solicitor    Peterborough    Firm in Skegness are looking for an experienced residential conveyancer who is able to work with minimal supervison using a case management system.

14699    Duty Solicitor    Crime Duty Solicitor    South East London    A large practice near Crystal Palace in South East London is looking for a duty solicitor to work on a freelance or salaried basis. This firm will pay up to 45K depending on experience.

14700    Conveyancing Solicitor    Residential & Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor    Harrow    Firm in Edgeware, Middlesex are looking for a conveyancing solicitor with experience in both residential and commercial property. The ideal candidate will have at least 3 yrs PQE and preferably an understanding of Chinese as the firm have a strong Chinese client base.

14701    Conveyancing Solicitor    Residential & Commercial Conveyancing Solicitor    East-Central London    Firm in Central London are looking for a a conveyancer predominantly for residential work and some light commercial work. They are looking for a candidate with relevant experience (over 2 years PQE) who can hit the ground running with the work load and are willing to market themselves, has some networking and entrepreneurial flair to bring in new work as well continue with the existing case load. The salary on offer is between £25,000 and £30,000 plus Bonus.

14702    Conveyancing Paralegal    Residential & Commercial Conveyancing Paralegal    North West London    Firm in North West London are looking for a paralegal for their conveyancing department. The ideal candidate must have experience in both residential and commercial conveyancing.

14703    Civil Litigation Paralegal    Civil Litigation Paralegal    North West London    Firm in North West London are looking for a paralegal experienced in civil litigation.

14704    Commercial Litigation Paralegal    Commercial Litigation Paralegal    North West London    Firm in North West London are looking for a paralegal expeirenced in commercial litigation.

14706    Duty Solicitor    Crime Duty Solicitor    Luton    Firm in Luton are looking for a duty solicitor either on a salary or freelance on a monthly retainer of £600 - £800 and 40% of billable work. Higher right of Audience would be an advantage.

14707    Legal Cashier    Office Support Legal Cashier    East-Central London    Firm in Central London are looking for a billings clerk/legal cashier with criminal or civil legal aid billing experience for a full time role. Salary 26K-30K depending on experience.

14708    Billings Clerk    Office Support Legal Cashier    Cardiff    A billings clerk is sought for a Cardiff firm for predominantly family work. The ideal candidate must have LSC billing experience, albeit at a junior level. Salary levels around 18K but negotiable.

14709    Billing Clerk/Legal Cashier    Office Support Legal Cashier    East-Central London    Firm in Central London is looking for a full time billing clerk or legal cashier for an immediate start. The ideal candidate must have criminal or civil legal aid billing experience. Salary £26-£30K depending on experience.

14711    Legal Cashier/Billing Clerk    Office Support Legal Cashier    South West London    Firm is South West London are looking for a billing clerk mainly for the family and immigration department.. The ideal candidate must have LSC billing experience. Salary is dependent on experience.

14712    Child Care Law Solicitor    Child Care Law Solicitor    South West London    Firm in South West London are looking for a child care law solicitor for an immediate start. The ideal candidate must be a member of the Childrens Panel. The salary is dependent upon experience and scope of work to cover and the firm are also open to a fee sharing arrangement.

14713    Legal Cashier    Office Support Legal Cashier    Chelmsford    Legal Cashier sought by Harlow firm - looking for someone for 2-3 days per week who is able to use Opsis Millenium software if possible but not essential. Must have experience of LSC funded work. Salary £20-25k pro rata.

14714    Family Supervisor    Family/Matrimonial Solicitor    Enfield    Firm in Enfield, Middlesex are looking for a LSC family supervisor to work 2-3 days per week. The firm are looking to pay £30K pro rata.

14715    Conveyancing Paralegal    Conveyancing Fee Earner - all    Maidstone    "Firm of solicitors based in Gillingham seek a conveyancing assistant to help the senior partner. Will need to have at least a few years of conveyancing experience to be considered and also be prepared to assist with admin and supporting the senior partner. Conveyancing experience does not need to have been recent in order to be considered. Local applicants preferred."

14716    Residential Conveyancing Executive    Conveyancing Fee Earner - all    West London    Medium sized firm in West London are looking for a residential conveyancing executive for a permanent post. Salary £20K.

14717    Costs Draftsman    Costs Costs Draftsman    Redhill    Experienced Law Costs Draftsman sought to deal with Claimant bills and preparing points of dispute in relation to the settlement of costs presented to the firm's defendant insurer (Personal Injury) clients.


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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Interview Question - Where do you see yourself in ten years time?

Interview Question & Answer – Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

This question is a classic example of why you should never give totally honest answers to questions during interviews.

Instead you should always give answers that you think the interviewer will want to hear. The honest answer to both this question and the “Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time” question is probably that you intend to retire, work for yourself, set up a different firm or be happily plodding along in a firm trying to avoid doing very much work at all, but where you are being paid a good salary.

This is not however what the employer often wants to hear.

They want to hear that you would be happy to be working in the post you are currently interviewing for or possibly having done such a good job you are in line for promotion to a different position.

This is because when employers recruit they do not see just the first few months or the first few years in their heads, they see the next decade or so with you working in the same position.

This does change a little bit with larger employers who are naturally expectant of you to be considering promotion at some stage, but smaller employers invariably are looking for someone to be committed to their firm and the position they are applying for.

One of the main points given for feedback when somebody is unsuccessful in a job interview is either that they are too experienced or too inexperienced for the post they have applied for. The excuse is often given that the employer feels that the person will be bored in the role because it is too junior, or that they do not think the position will stimulate the person enough or vice versa.

This question of where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time is often used to determine how committed you are to this type of role.

A sample answer is:

“In 10 years’ time I would be happy to be still working in this position for your firm or in any position that you have deemed me fit for in the meantime. I am looking for stability and in return I am happy to commit to your firm for the long term”.

A sample answer for a trainee solicitor or training contact would be:

“I aim to qualify and remain with the firm I have worked with as a trainee for a considerably long time. I hope that I am able to exceed your expectations in the short term and remain with you for the long term".

(Interview Question and Answer taken from the forthcoming Ten-Percent Careers book - 100 Legal Interview Questions and Answers by Jonathan Fagan. Release date is Dec 1st 2012. Interview Question also featured in our recent Legal Recruitment Newsletter, sent to all registered candidates, and published at www.legal-recruitment.co.uk.
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