While executive recruiters are beneficial in every industry, they are especially critical in sourcing and hiring top legal talent for three primary reasons.

While executive recruiters are beneficial in every industry, they are especially critical in sourcing and hiring top legal talent. In my time as a legal recruiter, I have worked with a number of clients who had not previously used a recruiter. However, after going through the process with me as a resource, many have found they are able to fill roles with higher level talent more quickly and efficiently than if they had done the search independently. Hiring an executive recruiter to assist with your legal staffing needs make sense both financially and logistically for three main reasons:

  1. Recruiters capture passive candidates. In the legal field, there is rarely such as thing as an active candidate. In many, if not all cases, legal professionals are tapped from one position to move to another and are generally not active jobseekers. Executive recruiters are able to pinpoint leading professionals and bring opportunities to them that match their skill set, often leading them to making a career move they may otherwise would not have considered.
  2. Recruiting firms provide free marketing. If you’re a small or new company in the market, executive recruiting firms can help sell your story to top talent. By promoting your company to leading industry professionals, executive recruiters can help build your brand presence in the legal community. Likewise, if your company has been involved in a high profile case or has received any negative press, recruiters can help clear up any misunderstandings the candidate may have.
  3. Recruiters provide invaluable market insight. As the eyes and ears on the ground in the industry, recruiters are able to provide intel on the market and competitors such as salary ranges, industry trends and more to help companies retain the talent they need. Recruiters work together with clients to act as a resource through the process and provide valuable advice and guidance.

Legal professionals are very cautious and risk adverse in nature, which includes making career moves and changes. Executive recruiters are able to navigate the market and talent pool to find the professionals you need to drive success and deliver results.

Have you used an executive recruiter to fill a legal position? How did they add value to the process?