When to begin the process
Every firm sets its own recruitment plan each year and will take into consideration the vagaries of the market before beginning its NQ recruitment drive. It is always hard to predict how the NQ market will be in any given year. Prior to 2020 the market for newly qualified lawyers had been a relatively buoyant one, with a good number of positions coming up in a range of areas. The current Covid-19 pandemic has impacted legal recruitment at all levels, and so it is particularly hard to predict how the market will look for 2021 qualifiers. We would, however, recommend that you treat this year like any other and start preparing your CV as early as possible, so that you are ready to apply for suitable positions when they do become available.
Make contact with FWA to register as a candidate and discuss any individual queries you may have with a member of our NQ Outlook team. Click here to Register.
We will work with you to develop the content of your CV. It must clearly communicate your experience, strengths and, as far as possible, some clues as to your personality. In addition to this, our complimentary CV Handbook has been designed to assist candidates at all levels with CV preparation. Register to obtain your copy.
All relevant opportunities will be discussed in detail with you. If you are happy to progress with an application, we will present your CV to the relevant recruiting firms / organisations. It is important for you as a candidate to ensure that you participate in the management of your job search process, especially if you are registered with more than one recruitment consultancy – failure to do so could result in confusion and embarrassment for all concerned.
For most NQs the best outcome is to be offered a position with your training firm. If the opportunity of an NQ position does arise within your training firm, we would certainly encourage you to consider this should it allow you to achieve your career goals and aspirations.
If you are invited for an interview, we will assist you to prepare fully by providing you with our support tools and information, and answering any questions you may have. All our NQ candidates receive a tailor-made pre-interview pack containing valuable relevant market information retrieved from a variety of sources. Your NQ Outlook™ Consultant will also conduct detailed feedback and debriefing sessions post-interview.
Once you have received an offer, or offers, of employment, your NQ Outlook™ Consultant will review the offer with you and liaise with the firm or organisation making the offer on your behalf.