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Are recruitment agencies vetting candidates?

Russell Conway asks young lawyers to think of their long-term interests when moving firms

28 October 2014

Having been in the same job for 36 years and never having had to change it, I am always curious to read the CVs that come through the door when I’m recruiting.

How you can have worked for ten different firms before you are aged 30 defeats me. Some applicants appear to change job every six months. Quite what chaos they leave behind and whether this is good for anyone’s wellbeing is an open question. Sure, some people will dislike their firm and move on; others may not be retained once they have completed their training contract. But moving around
on a regular basis must be unsettling, bad for the clients and almost certainly bad for business.

Younger solicitors seem to be much more mobile and keener to move on than develop roots. Whether this is a fear of the responsibilities that come
with partnership or just a low boredom threshold is not entirely clear – there is also the role of the re...

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