How to Find Your Perfect Legal Job

If you’re a solicitor, or a legal executive, and looking for a new job, then you might think that you’ve looked everywhere, and still can’t find the right job for you. Here are some places that you might not have considered yet.

1. If you know that there are many firms of solicitors either where you live, or where you work, then you might want to see if they have the position that you’re looking for.

2. There might be a firm of nationally solicitors that you’d like to work for, and so you might want to see if they are recruiting for a role that you would be suitable for, and interested in.

3. Even in this day and age, you might still be lucky and find your dream job in one of your local newspapers. Perhaps you want to work for a more traditional firm of solicitors, who wouldn’t think of advertising their jobs anywhere else but in the paper.

4. National newspapers often advertise legal positions, and so you might find something suitable, especially if you’re already in a big city, or prepared to move house.

5. It’s not unthinkable that you might find your next legal job through word of mouth or via your friends and family. Somebody’s always moving house, or getting divorced, and so using a firm of solicitors. They might have seen an advert, or overheard someone on the train talking about needing to recruit a solicitor. Why not make the most of your contacts too?

6. General recruitment websites can be extremely effective when looking for jobs, and offer the ability to search using lots of different criteria. By having suitable jobs emailed to you on a daily basis, you’re bound to be able to find a better job.

7. Legal websites might also have information about practices that are expanding, or taking on new solicitors for a particular case, or branching out into different areas of the law. Why not keep your eye on what’s going on in the legal world and see if you can get a new job this way?

8. Solicitors’ websites also have recruitment pages, so if you know that you’d like to work in a particular town, why not see if any of the solicitors there are hiring?

9. Perhaps you know exactly who you’d like to work for, or where, and s o you might want to send off on spec applications, to see if anyone can offer you the legal job you’re looking for.

10. One of the more effective ways, is to use a specialised legal recruitment website. This means that you are only dealing with legal jobs, rather than any job that mentions legal or law, or is a job at a firm of solicitors. You might have specific skills, experience and qualifications, and know exactly what role you want, and so this might be your best chance of getting your dream job.

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10 Reasons To Climb The Legal Recruitment Ladder

If you’re keen to build your legal career, that may involve taking a chance and looking for your next position. Here are 10 reasons why you may want to look elsewhere.

1. If you feel that your current employer isn’t paying you enough, it may be worth looking elsewhere to see what you should be earning. If there are better packages available, you would be fully justified in making the move.

2. If your hard work and initiative isn’t being acknowledged where you are, you may be with the wrong law firm. There are many employers out there who will notice and reward your efforts.

3. It might be worth considering a move if you’ve hit the proverbial glass ceiling at your current legal company. If there’s nowhere for you to go, your career is likely to stall.

4. If you’ve been with the same solicitors firm for a long time and your performance has dropped, it may be because you’re feeling stale. A move could help to reinvigorate your career.

5. Legal firms come in many shapes and sizes and bring with them very contrasting cultures. If you don’t feel your current place of employment is a good fit, it may be time to move on.

6. By looking around at other jobs, you may identify roles that carry better benefits and incentives, including more annual leave or larger bonuses.

7. Some legal firms may be able to offer better prospects for career progression than what you currently have.

8. If you keep your ear to the ground, perhaps by using legal recruitment agencies, you may stumble upon the perfect opportunity elsewhere. Even if there’s nothing wrong with your current legal employer, it may be too good a role to ignore.

9. If a highly regarded legal firm is hiring, the presence of their name on your CV could be significantly beneficial throughout your career.

10. Many people enter the legal profession to earn significant sums of money. As such, it’s worth noting that the best way to substantially increase your salary is to regularly move onwards and upwards.

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Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives Soon to Be Allowed Partner Status – Legal Jobs

Until now Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives have had to put up with legal job titles such as ‘director’, ‘partner status’ and ‘partner equivalent’ but with the introduction of the new legal disciplinary practices set to come into effect on the 1st March 2009 (subject to government approval), Fellows of the Institute of Legal Executives will finally be able to become recognised as Partners.

This has come as a great relief to Fellows, as previously it was necessary to convert to a Solicitor before being permitted to become a Partner. There are some drawbacks though, it is up to Law Firms to opt to become LPDs (legal disciplinary practices) – but thankfully some of the top law firms are already favouring this new status so as a fee-earner’s competence, aptitude and client facing skills are paramount rather than some letters after their name. Another advantage is that the LPDs will also give Fellows more credibility, as having the title ‘partner’ on their business cards and being able to use the title when speaking to clients will create much less confusion, eliminating the embarrassment associated with having to explain their legal job title.

So what effect will this have on legal recruitment? If some law firms are opting to become an LDP and are offering partner prospects in their legal job opportunities, firms who do not offer this may see themselves losing legal executives to the firms that do. The LDP status could also serve as a great method of retaining and rewarding legal staff. As with Solicitors, Fellows who show a very high level of technical skill, bill at consistently high levels and also possess a certain je ne sais quoi could be perfect candidates. Law firms who opt for LPD status must also remember to mention the possibility of partner prospects within the firm at interview stage during the legal recruitment process as it would provide a great incentive for talented legal staff.

Certainly from a legal recruitment agency’s perspective, there has been an influx of job openings for Legal Executives – mainly from law firms wanting to cut costs in sight of the credit crunch. However, with the new LDP status set to come into place in March 2009, it will be extremely interesting to see what happens to the number of openings for legal jobs for FILEXs.

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Legal Executives Jobs – Understanding Legal Careers

To help you understand the job carried out by legal executives we have identified the qualifications needed to become a legal executive and what their job involves on a day to day basis.

Specialise One Area – Legal executives are the specialists of the law world. They specialise in one particular area that suits both the skills and what they find most enjoyable. These different areas can vary hugely though by working in these specific niches they are able to gain a huge reservoir of knowledge and experience which makes they time valuable to clients.

Have the ILEX Qualification – Like many jobs there is a professional body which has a qualification which entitles them to use a certain titles. The institute of legal executives is one such organisation. They have a professional qualification which enables their members to be known as legal executives. They also offer further specialist training as well as the representation offered by most legal bodies.

5 Years Experience – Becoming a legal executive requires a minimum of 5 years legal experience. This normally served working under a qualified solicitor or senior legal executive.

Fee Earners – Many of the jobs within the legal sector are not known as ‘fee-earner’ positions. These such as legal secretary don’t work directly with clients. As a consequence those such as legal executives who are known as ‘fee-earners’ have a certain cachet.

Charged To Clients – because the legal executives are working directly for the clients they time is billed to the clients at an hourly rate. The more qualified and expert the legal executive the more their firm is able to charge for their time.

Types of Legal Executive.

Conveyancing – a conveyancer works on the legal aspects of the sale of property. Including the transference of the fees and other aspects sale of the properties. Technically a legal executive specialising in conveyancing is responsible for the transferring of the legal title of a property and making sure that nothing is wrong with the property to prevent a mortgage or later resale.

Family Law – another area where many legal executives choose to specialise is in family law. Dealing with domestic law requires a high level of professionalism and an in-depth knowledge of case laws and precedent. Experts are in high demand and the cost of their services can be quite lucrative for the legal firm.

Business – some legal executives purely work on business law and niches within the area. For example the setting up of companies or the dissolution of partnerships. Often the more specific the skills the greater their value.

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Assistive Technology An Independent Life For Everyone

Not depending on others is very important for every human being. As technology progresses everyday and the development includes specially designed devices and equipment, everyone can now enjoy an independent life style. Even people with disabilities can have a better life, avoiding frustration or incapacity to communicate. Assistive technology is for a great help for those who need to feel secure when they are by themselves, even if they have certain disabilities. Our assistive technology products meet their needs and offer an alternative for a better life. Communication for example, is one of the biggest problems for people with disabilities, but our assistive technology products make it easier. Even if your problem is about hearing, seeing or moving around, the solutions we offer can solve any type of problem related to physical challenges.

We also offer you a great variety of products as furniture, software, workstations or switches, specially created for an independent living. You can enjoy assistive technology products in your own house and anywhere you go, avoiding frustrations and difficulties you were exposed to before. Assistive technology is even for people who suffer from Parkinson, Lou Getring’s Disease aka Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Multiple Sclerosis. All the products we recommend are easy to use, the technology being adapted to every special need. Now, deaf-blind people will be able to communicate between themselves or with other people because assistive technology makes it possible.

If you want to make your children’s life easier, now you can do it with the help of special communication software or CDs that contains all kinds of information about social activities. Eating out, shopping, transportation are some of the social activities children need to learn about before they go out. This and some other assistive technology products can help your children have a better, independent life, even if they have some disabilities. It’s important to mention that these teaching products are not only for children, but also for people who have found themselves, all of a sudden, in the undesirable situation of an accident that has affected their health.

Our furniture is designed for people who need better access in the kitchen, bathroom or in the bedroom and for those who need special workstations in their homes or offices. You don’t have to feel uncomfortable at your desk anymore, because now you have the perfect solution, easily accessible through an online order.

In one word, assistive technology is for those who want to raise the standard of living, for those who need to increase the quality of life because an independent living is now possible through technology. This is why our products come to meet your special needs, helping you achieve what you want.

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