HR Recruitment

I learnt something about HR departments in law firms today. They don’t always know what they’re doing when sifting through applications.

I applied to a law firm last week for an employment paralegal position, and I received a reply a few days later via letter informing me that I would NOT be invited for an interview. It so happens that my best mate works at the same firm, so I asked him what he thought. He said he would pass on my CV to his boss, who is Head of Department.

Later on in the day, I received an sms saying that his boss was incensed because he was impressed with my CV and yet had never seen it. I have to admit I was surprised not to be asked for an interview, especially as I have plenty of employment experience plus I’m studying a LLM in employment law!!

It makes me wonder: how many applications have I sent to firms during the past few years that have fallen at the wayside simply due to incompetent HR personnel who don’t really know what they’re meant to be looking for. How often do the lawyers themselves get to look at the applications? How do they know the HR departments are picking the right candidates for the job?

Employ Us!

We have noticed that quite a few law firms and other professional legal bodies have been reading our website and Blawg. We are really pleased to see this happening, but have one thing to ask you – why don’t you employ us?

At present, we have:

1 Deaf LPC Graduate searching for a training contract
1 Deaf Professional who wants to complete the BVC and become a barrister
1 Deaf Professional with a great deal of legal experience who wants to do a PhD

For more candidates, please read the About Us section.

Email us on contact at deaflawyers.org.uk with a job description or title you’d like and we’ll forward to the relevant Deaf Lawyers UK member.

My year of applications

The training contract deadline period for application has now passed for another year. It appears that I have been unsuccessful again this year in securing a training contract, which means that if I am successful next year, I am looking at a 2007 start.

I thought it would be useful to give an overview of this year’s applications and rejections and non responses. So here goes, “a year in the life of a rejected candidate”.
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