Are you looking for candidate attorney vacancies for 2017 or 2018? We receive many applications from people applying for the position of candidate attorney in our firm. Depending on the time of the year, it can be as many as 10 in a week. We do look at all of them, but usually, within about 30 seconds, we have made up our mind. And usually, it is not to read any further. I’m afraid this is going to be a bit of a rant but bear with me.
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The Problem with most Candidate Attorney Applications
The problem is that the applications are not written with me, the reader, in mind. It is almost always clear that the applicant has not thought about me for one second. They have sent the same application to a hundred firms hoping someone will accept. They have not thought about why we would have a mutually beneficial relationship.
We’re always looking for fantastic candidate attorneys.
By way of example, let me sketch the following scenario. Sam is sitting in a park. Alex walks up to Sam and says:
“You’ve never met me before. But I found your name on the Internet or in a directory. I’m looking to enter into a relationship with someone like you for two years. I haven’t bothered to find out anything about you and, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter what type of person you are. I would really like to have a two-year relationship with you. I’m funny, clever, and a pleasure to have around – you’ll see. After the two-year relationship with you, I’ll be more attractive to other people, so I might not hang around. But, how about it?”
Do you think Alex has any chance? Clearly not. A relationship needs to be established between the two of them first. Alex has to make Sam believe that this relationship will add value to both of them. It certainly wouldn’t hurt if Alex had done some research and knew a bit about Sam before launching into the proposal. Some polite introductory conversation would also probably have been a good idea. Alex needs to show a bit of interest first before cutting straight to the chase as well as demonstrate why the relationship would benefit them both.
Taking on a candidate attorney is a significant undertaking that comes with many obligations. And it is not something that I will do lightly. It takes a huge investment of time. So, I’m afraid applicants need to do a lot more preparatory work, otherwise the answer is almost certainly going to be no.
What makes a good Candidate Attorney
These are the sort of things that I’m looking for. A candidate who has:
- written a CV that demonstrates the value they can add;
- looked at many different firms, decided that ours is the best, and can give reasons why;
- read our website backwards;
- followed both me and the firm on twitter and maybe interacted with us;
- liked our Facebook page and possibly tried to make contact through LinkedIn;
- read some of the books that we recommend;
- explained in plain and understandable language why we will have a mutually beneficial relationship.
Yes, academic results are important. But more important are questions like:
- Do you want to practise law differently?
- Do you want to make a difference?
- Do you identify with what we believe?
- Can we work together?
- Do you know what we do?
- Are you interested in what we do? If not, you will get bored very quickly.
- What skills have you got that can be applied in our firm?
- What value can you add to our clients? Can you help them to grow and avoid legal problems, difficulties, and disputes?
- Where do you want to live?
- What is your race? We strive to empower previously disadvantaged people.
If you can demonstrate these qualities and answer these questions, I’ll be interested. If you can’t, expect the same reaction that the man will get from the beautiful young lady in the bar.
Candidate Attorney Vacancies
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