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How We Work on Client Files at Legal Authority

by A. Harrison Barnes on February 19, 2014

The process of working on client files at Legal Authority is quite complicated and works like this:

First, our clients generally sign up on our website or call in.Once clients call in or sign up on our website, we call to schedule an appointment with them and they are assigned an Employment Advocate who will be their contact person throughout their search.With only one exception, all of our Employment Advocates are attorneys.Our Employment Advocates work with our clients through each step of the process.

Second, once an appointment is scheduled, clients speaks with one of our Employment Advocates about their job search and what they are seeking to do.During the phone call, a list of employers is generated which matches precisely what the client is seeking to do. Employment Advocates will generally counsel clients about what they believe are the most appropriate steps for the candidate to follow in their job search.Employment Advocates are sort of like recruiters because their ultimate objective is to get you a job.The difference between an Employment Advocate and a traditional legal recruiter, however, is that Employment Advocates work with you.

In the third step of the process, the list of employers that the client and Employment Advocate agree upon is sent to our data review center and the resume is sent to our resume and cover letter department.

Our resume and cover letter department is also populated almost exclusively by attorneys.Two of our resume and cover letter personnel have worked in major New York law firms.Another holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.In our resume and cover letter department, with the input from what you are seeking to do gained from their discussions with you and your Employment Advocate, a resume fitting exactly what you are seeking to do is crafted.

Our data center is extremely sophisticated, operates 24 hours a day seven days a week and is staffed by over twenty researchers.Our data center is populating our database with contact information every day of the week.Many of our candidates often ask us where we get our data and the answer is we get it from numerous sources.The least challenging aspect of our work is getting the data from printed sources.The problem with printed sources, however, is that a large percentage of law firms, corporations and other legal hiring organizations do not even list themselves in printed sources.A listing in Martindale Hubble, for example, costs firms several hundreds of dollars.At a cost exceeding $50,000 a month, our data center pulls information from other data sources making use of U.S. Government issued Standard Industry Classifications (SIC Codes) which classify businesses based upon the type of industry they are in.This information is constantly being double checked, reclassified and loaded into our database.

Once the candidate file is sent to the data center, the data center reviews the list of contacts put together by the Employment Advocate.Since each search is personal to everyone who uses our service, our list of contacts inside each legal hiring organization is never perfect.For example, we try to use contacts that are less than four months old.If a contact is less than four months old we do not use it and reinvestigate who the contact is.In addition, we very rarely have a full list of contacts within each hiring organization because each search our candidates perform is unique.Accordingly, the data center identifies which contacts on the Employment Advocates’ list either (1) need to be found, or (2) need to be updated and sends them to a researcher within the data center.This process of updating the information often takes less than a day. In some cases it has taken our data center over two weeks.Once the data center is happy with its information, it is sent to a data analyst like Catherine for review.

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Self-Initiated Employer Contact Works

by A. Harrison Barnes on June 27, 2012

Statistics indicate approximately 85% of all legal employment positions in the United States are filled via self-initiated contact with employers. Self-initiated contact generally requires (1) researching who the contacts are in various organizations, and (2) preparing cover letters to the organizations that match your interests. Despite the fact that an employer may not advertise or engage a recruiter to fill a position, many employers have never advertised openings and simply fill positions and create openings from the people that approach them. In a market as small as Los Angeles, California, for example, there are over 2,000 legal employers and we would estimate that well over 25% are always on the look out for good attorneys. On our end, we use probably in excess of 25 sources to identify employers. Not all firms list themselves in Martindale Hubble due to costs considerations and only a small percentage of legal hiring organizations list themselves with the National Association of Law Placement. Accordingly, the resources of recruiters and job posting boards and others who collect this information and initiate contact with the employers can be extremely beneficial.

Prominent job posting boards and recruiting firms have an incentive to have the best information possible. Good legal recruiters specialize in information gathering and the larger ones even have entire departments that do nothing but gather information. Similarly, good classified ad sections of legal newspapers specialize in information gathering and selling of ads to employers. The larger organizations are usually able to compile the most information.

Due to the sharp downturn in the job market, self-initiated contact with employers may well become even more prominent as legal hiring organizations seek to cope with a decrease in demand for legal services. This is true whether you are seeking a position with a law firm, in-house legal department, or public interest organization. If you have tried other methods to find a job and have not been pleased with them, self-initiated contact may be a good option.

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