Maybe you're coming up against an important court date, and you've decided to engage contract lawyers and paralegals to help your team meet the associated deadlines. Or perhaps you're hiring a full-time attorney, and you want to bring in a recruiter to help you find the right candidates.
No matter the reason you're looking to work with an employment agency, you have two options. You can use a generalist staffing firm that recruits professionals in virtually every industry. Or you can engage a specialized legal employment agency, one that has a history of staffing a range of legal positions in both law firms and corporate legal departments.
Our advice? Pick the second option. Specialized staffing firms are almost always the best choice when you're looking for a temporary legal professional or highly skilled full-time employee. Here are several reasons why:
Specialized firms can find the workers you're looking for faster. A good legal employment agency maintains an extensive database of lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants and can quickly put together a selection of candidates based on your needs. What's more, specialized employment agencies often have access to passive candidates – legal professionals who aren't actively looking for a job but might be interested in making a move if the right opportunity came along.
They're knowledgeable about your field. When you hire a generalist employment agency, you usually work with recruiters who know a little about a lot of industries. Recruiters at specialized legal staffing firms, on the other hand, know a lot about one thing: the legal field. You won't have to give them a detailed explanation of what eDiscovery entails or hope that they understand how to locate contract lawyers with experience in the hottest practice areas. Chances are a specialized recruiter has staffed a similar project in the past and knows exactly how to meet your personnel needs.
They can give you specific advice. The best specialized recruiters have prior experience working in the legal field and, as a result, can provide guidance as to the kind of help you may need – full time, temporary or on a project basis. They can also advise you on everything from writing job descriptions that are more apt to attract highly skilled job seekers to developing competitive salary and benefit packages.
They have access to hard-to-find talent. The top candidates with the most sought-after skills tend to work with legal staffing firms because it gives them access to the most interesting and challenging assignments. If your firm is looking for a lawyer with a background in engineering and experience in patent law, a paralegal with foreign language skills, or an attorney with an MBA who can help you explore new business opportunities, you're much more likely to find them through a specialized employment agency.
They help their candidates keep their legal skills and knowledge up-to-date. Top legal staffing firms guide their job candidates toward legal training that allows them to stay up-to-date on the latest trends in the legal field. As a result, lawyers and legal assistants who work with specialized agencies are more likely to have the skills necessary to succeed in today's legal environment.
A specialized legal staffing firm can give your search for lawyers, paralegals and legal assistants a significant boost. Contact Robert Half Legal to learn more about the advantages of using a specialized employment agency.