Let’s imagine for a moment that your law firm is a professional sports franchise, you are the general manager, and that an important roster spot has opened up that must be filled quickly. You need to fill that open roster spot with the most suitable candidate, while also strengthening your team. As a rule, sports industry insiders including professional scouts would be a necessary part of that process. Reputable scouts are adept at identifying and assessing a player’s talent and specialties, while promoting them within the most mutually-beneficial working relationships for all parties involved. In the end, that’s how successful sports teams are built; one piece at a time.
Building a winning “team” for your law firm is also contingent upon signing the best available attorney talent. But accomplishing this must be done while sifting through the vast pool of experienced lawyers out there, a situation that could be simplified significantly by employing the “scouting” services of the most trusted and reliable legal recruitment agencies. Having made that point, experienced legal headhunters are the talent scouts you need to help build your firm or corporate counsel department’s roster into one with the ability to win.
Additionally, by hiring wisely over the course of time, your firm’s team has the potential to become a legal powerhouse. Here are 3 ways the best legal recruiters can serve your firm as transformative attorney scouting, signing and placement advocates, as you strive to fill your practice’s opening with its next budding law professional “star”:
- Because at Your Law Firm Time Equals Money
Better legal recruitment firms typically charge a small finder’s fee when they help you fill an open attorney position. In return, legal headhunters can handle the initial screening, interviews, communications between your firm and the recruit, the offer itself, negotiations, and all while carefully matching up the best attorney candidates with your needs. High-tech, time-saving resources are now available to legal recruiters that you might not use, such as legal Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS), Artificial Intelligence (AI) interviewing capabilities, social media networks, and many more.
If your firm assigns an in-house person, or team of legal professionals, to handle the complex job placement process, that means diverting practice resources from their normal professional duties and client case loads within your office. And, if one or more of the partners from your firm are involved in the hiring process, which they no doubt will be, that may invariably interfere with their important meetings, including sit-downs with key existing clients and potential new ones.
Reduced attorney productivity within a firm may further lead to fewer billable hours and lost revenue; it’s that simple. And, losing even a single new client to a competing firm can result in lost income to the tune of hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars! In a nutshell, good legal headhunters smooth out the entire recruitment-to-placement pathway, saving you time and money.
- Legal Recruiters Possess Insider Connections that You Don’t
There’s an old adage that goes: “It’s not what you know, but rather who you know”. Applying this to the legal placement process, the better law recruitment firms have deep and time-tested sources and connections throughout the legal profession, even across state lines. This is a powerful networking tool for your firm, or legal counsel department, when trying to pull in the most-coveted and experienced lawyers from around the country to fill your vacancy.
The best legal headhunters have also been doing it for many years and have the industry experience to know what recruiting practices work well, as opposed to those that don’t. Let’s say that a recruiter just recently vetted a talented attorney or two for another firm’s open legal position; one they ultimately turned down for one reason or another. But your firm may have a similar opportunity, with better pay within the same specialty the aforementioned, already screened recruit excels within. The legal headhunter could then quickly recommend that attorney for your open slot, saving all parties time and effort during the recruitment process.
The more-respected legal recruitment firms also have their eyes and ears constantly tuned within the industry, and know what compensation package that it will take to lure away a strong attorney prospect from their current employer to your firm or company. The entire process will be done confidentially, as will be covered more in a moment, with the objective of placing the legal candidate into a new law practice position that is mutually-beneficial towards all professional objectives involved.
- Confidentiality is the Key During the Legal Recruitment Process
Within the practice of law, of course, exists the principle of client and attorney confidentiality, also known as “privilege”. This is a concept also adhered to by reliable legal recruiters, as they always maintain a strict level of professional privacy throughout the lawyer recruitment process. Intimacy is of the utmost importance between the potential employer, the attorney candidate, and the legal headhunter involved. All communications during the recruitment, negotiation, offer, and placement transition process are done discretely.
Good legal headhunters know that trust is a key component of their working relationships with clients, including prestigious law firms and corporate partners, and if that is breached collaborative bridges may be permanently “burned”. In addition, respected, top-quality law recruitment firms understand that an attorney candidate’s future and reputation could be compromised if their current employer were to discover that they were shopping their talents on the open market.
Juxtaposed with this confidentiality code that legal recruiters adhere to is the fact that if your firm attempts to fill a position on its own, a few bad outcomes may result. One, your competitors could find out what opening your legal team has, what law specialty area it involves, and what your compensation package is for potential hires. As a result, if they are also seeking a talented “player” in the same specialized law niche, a competing firm might entice them away with a more attractive offer. As the saying goes: “Loose lips sink ships.”
Secondly, when your firm or company advertises a career advancement opportunity out in the open, other in-house lawyers there might feel slighted and overlooked. For example, if a partner opening was publicized on local job sites, and your current law professional employees caught wind of it, there could be trouble. Working in a confidential and discrete relationship with a better legal recruitment firm will go a long way in alleviating these team chemistry-disrupting issues.
Legal Recruitment Firms Help Your “Franchise” Save Money
At the end of the day, building a successful and cohesive legal team at your firm or corporation, as you add new attorney talent periodically, can be a labor-intensive, resource-draining and potentially expensive proposition. Established legal recruitment firms, and the headhunters there, are ultimately a cost-saving alternative as you build your team’s roster into a respected, law profession powerhouse for years to come.