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Ask A Legal Recruiter

Hi I have a situation that I’d appreciate some advice on. A random recruiter contacted me on LinkedIn and after speaking with them, i gave them permission to apply to a few firms. However this person has gone MIA since. No response to emails or calls. I can’t get confirmation on where this person has applied to positions for me or where. I want to use another better recruiter. But don’t know if I can have them apply to the same places - don’t know what the first recruiter did. Please help! WWYD?

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Not a legal recruiter but unfortunately I don’t think this is uncommon. I had a similar experience (followed by other subsequent issues). I’d write them a final email saying you’re disappointed with their lack of communication and will be seeking out another recruiter, and will assume that they have not submitted your materials to firms x y and z unless they respond and tell you otherwise. And FWIW, I’d invest your time in finding attorney contacts at the firms you’re interested in rather than finding a new recruiter....

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Thanks! This is very helpful, I might just do that!

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You can have them apply twice.

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My experiences with recruiters are worthless.

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Agree with associates above, but just like lawyers (and I am still one technically, even after 6+ years recruiting), a few bad apples can stink up the name for all of us. A good recruiter won’t ghost you and will be direct about your ability to make a move and their ability to be a resource to you. They will also help you clean up the mess the first recruiter made. I’m happy to chat if you want - let me know and I’ll send you my contact info.

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Hi - I’m a legal recruiter and am horrified, but not surprised, to learn of your experience. I practiced law for many years, both at a firm and in-house, and have over a decade of recruiting experience. I understand your frustration. If the first recruiter applied to firms with your permission, a second recruiter can submit you but if within a certain time period of the first submission, the law firm may respond that they already received your materials from someone else. If that happens with a firm that you did not give permission to submit to the first recruiter, the new recruiter should be informed so they can respond accordingly. Always give permission in writing so you have a record. If you’d like to have a chat, please let me know and I’ll provide my details.

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