Law firms and legal departments in the greater Toronto area are facing an uphill battle. Currently, the applicant pool for legal support staff is quite small, and the number of available jobs continues to outpace the number of qualified candidates. As a result, firms seeking top legal support talent must hone their processes in order to guarantee the best possible outcome.
How can you find qualified legal support staff candidates? Consider the following tips:
- Work with a staffing partner. The team at Kent Legal has specialized in finding qualified legal support talent in the greater Toronto area for over 40 years. When you build a relationship with a staffing partner, you get a staff of experts who recommend qualified candidates based on your specific needs and workplace culture – improving the “fit” between you and your chosen candidate and improving the chances of a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship.
- Seek out “passive” candidates. “Passive” job candidates are workers who are not actively looking for a new job, but who will consider making a career move if the circumstances are right. Because these candidates are not on the hunt, regular job postings will miss them entirely. Your staffing partner, however, knows how to find these job seekers, who provide up-to-date experience and a fresh perspective to the firms that hire them.
- Consider non-traditional benefits. Often, the salary offered is not the “make-it-or-break-it” element of a job offer extended to a top candidate. Instead, attract top candidates to your organization by offering nontraditional benefits, like flex-time options, or free or reduced memberships to health clubs or professional associations. These “perks” can help set your organization apart from competitors, making top talent as interested in working for your organization as your organization is in hiring top talent.
- Move quickly when you find the right person. Streamline and focus your hiring process so that when you find the right candidate, you can move quickly to extend a job offer – before the candidate accepts an offer from a competing firm.
At Kent Legal, our experienced recruiters strive to match each of our clients with top candidates who offer outstanding skills, experience, and talent. Contact us today to learn more about our legal support staff recruiting services.