Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: It’s who you know and how you work it.

A poor referral source can have personal consequences. The person at the firm, may not be that well regarded. The recommendation may not be taken very seriously at all.

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Article published in Above The Law, October 26th, 2017.

Have you ever asked your good friend to put in a good word for you? “You work with the Partner, don’t you? Would you mind passing along my resume?”  Your friend may have good intentions, however this may not be the best for your career.

Tell me who you know, how you know them. When the time comes, we’ll use your internal connections to your best advantage.” — Shari Davidson President On Balance Search legal recruit services.  A poor referral source can have personal consequences. The person at the firm, may not be that well regarded. “You don’t really know. The recommendation may not be taken very seriously at all.”— Shari Davidson.

Perception versus reality, how do you know if your friend is actually well regarded within their firm? Do you have all the facts about your friend? Are you really going to put your reputation on the line? Are you 100% sure, your friend is well aligned with the firm? Just because they are a friend, doesn’t mean you know anything about their professional skill set. Maybe you really don’t want their recommendation?

Play it safe. Here are the several reasons you do not want to ask for a referral:

  1. Even with the best intentions, there is no guarantee your friend will pass along your resume along, or follow up with their current employer.
  2. What if your friend feels threatened by you? Truth of the matter is, they may not even pass your resume along. They may sabotage your submittal in subtle ways.
  3. Don’t put your friends in an awkward situation. Don’t ask them to put in a good word for you or bring your resume to their boss. This is totally uncomfortable for both of you. This makes you look desperate. When you don’t get the call, you’re going to question your friendship.
  4. Is your friend in good standing at the firm? If you don’t know you may be doing more harm than good. What if your friend is on the way out? Your resume will likely end up in the trash.
  5. Is your friend the best representative to negotiate terms for hire? You don’t talk about money with friends. Why would you ask them to negotiate for you? No way, you’ve got to be kidding me.
  6. Consider the cost to your friendship!

The best recruiters understand what firms are looking for. The best recruiters navigate the labyrinth of complex hiring process, policies and procedures. The good ones are expert negotiators. They know how to use their extensive network within and outside the firm to leverage the best terms. That are right for you. A good recruiter will identify the right position and law firm whose culture is best aligned with your career goals.

Remember, most of the best career opportunities are never posted. Work with a top legal recruiter, they will help you strategize your next career move.  And when it is appropriate to use your friends name in landing the prefect position.

There are also risks for you to recommend a friend.  Do you really want to refer your friend?

About on Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence.  Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm.

Contact us today.  Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at http://www.onbalancesearch.com

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader.  Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.

Confessions of a Legal Recruiter: Do you really want to refer your friend?

The truth is that people don’t make recommendations any more.  When was the last time you ever made a recommendation for a good hair dresser, a restaurant or a doctor?  Or anything, for that matter? 

Confessions Silloutte.001Before recommending a good place to eat to your boss, would you hesitate? Then, why would you risk putting your reputation on the line at your firm? Think about all the consequences of giving a bad referral. Never put yourself in a position where you run the risk of harming your reputation at work.

If you want to do a good deed, refer your friend to a trusted recruiter. A recruiter has as much at stake as you do. The recruiter’s reputation is on the line, every time they present a candidate. Work with a legal recruiter who is highly regarded with a track record of successfully placing candidates in firms where all parties are served.

“Your friend may not be the ‘best fit’ for the position. Think about what could go wrong? Don’t do it. It’s not worth it.”— Shari Davidson President On Balance Search legal recruit services.

Do you really know why your friend wants to make a move? Why are they looking in the first place?  Is your friend’s motivation because their current firm has a toxic work environment? Are they being asked to leave by their current firm? Do you know what your friend’s track record is at work? Do you have and know all the facts?  Believe me, I doubt it.

Referring a friend may present a potential conflict of interest at the firm. “Referrals can get messy, it’s not the best way to help your current firm.” — Shari Davidson. What if it all backfires and things go terribly wrong? A poor referral could leave others to begin questioning your judgment. Or commitment to the firm.

Think before you refer your friend where you work:

  1. Don’t take unnecessary risks with your career. Your reputation is everything. It’s all you got.
  2. Why would you gamble on anyone other than yourself? Even the best, don’t always measure up!
  3. What if they wind up out performing you? Did you see that coming? Do they have your back?
  4. Are you part of the strategic planning process of the firm? Do you really know what is going on? Could the partners be downsizing, is your job on the line? Simply, there is no upside to this.
  5. Last but not least, do you want to jeopardize your friendship?

You are taking on unnecessary risk when you refer someone?  You cannot afford to put ‘your reputation’ on the line. It’s complicated. See things from your friend’s point of view. It’s who you know and how you work it.

About On Balance Search Consultants

On Balance offers great insight and industry intelligence.  Shari Davidson, president of On Balance Search Consultants, advises law firms on how to take a firm to the next level and helps rising talent make the transition to the right law firm.

Contact us today.  Call 516.731.4300 or visit our website at http://www.onbalancesearch.com

Please note that the content of this blog does not constitute legal advice and is only intended for the educational purpose of the reader.  Please consult your legal counsel for specifics regarding your specific circumstances and the laws in your states pertaining to social media and any legal restrictions regarding the law.