How does one go about working with a legal recruiter? I’m connected to a few on LinkedIn but don’t want to reach out to a recruiter that my current firm has a relationship with....

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Why? They can all help you confidentially. You are being a weirdo. BTW, nearly all recruiters will claim they have relationships with "all firms" so if that's your litmus test on how to reach out, nit sure how well that'll work.

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I agree with Attorney 1 that OP is a weirdo. In any event, ditch the paranoia and just see how it goes. You really have nothing to lose trying out a recruiter.

A recruiter would never tell your firm, even if they had a relationship with them. It violates ethics rules.

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This is the short, simple answer I was looking for. Thank you!

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That would be the fastest way for a recruiter to tank his/her career...

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To be real, a recruiter wants to place you at a new firm and then find your replacement for the old firm. Don't be paranoid, it is not in our interest at all to out you to your employer.

That’s a valid concern. I am a legal recruiter and I frequently work with candidates who work at law firms that are also my clients. Confidentiality is huge in recruiting. I would find someone you trust and emphasize the confidentiality request although it’s already common practice.

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