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June 25, 2020
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Is your firm or legal department seeking specific expertise to handle post-coronavirus-related work? Industry and business experts anticipate high demand for certain practice areas and a surge in specific types of cases including:
  • Litigation disputes regarding contractual obligations
  • Insurance-related disputes
  • Bankruptcy/insolvency
  • HR disputes

Boutique recruiting firms may offer the best solutions to finding the right talent in the current environment. The nation is still grappling with physical and logistical restrictions forced by the pandemic. Offices are in varying states of reopening, and the job market remains uncertain. From interviews to onboarding, social distancing has changed many aspects of recruiting and hiring. A smaller legal staffing firm can react quickly and adapt to the shifting landscape. Here are some areas where a smaller staffing firm has an advantage over large corporations:

Agile and Flexible

Smaller staffing firms do not have layers of bureaucracy or corporate directives from out-of-state headquarters. Unlike large staffing agencies, smaller boutique recruiting firms do not pass projects or candidates through numerous departments. Decision-makers are local, and they act on information quickly. With their smaller, more experienced staff, boutique firms are agile enough to recruit, screen, and place candidates without waiting for executive decisions or administrative assistance.

Single Point of Contact

When working with a smaller staffing firm, customers and candidates are more likely to deal directly with a single point of contact. With many people working remotely or on staggered office schedules, finding the correct contact person at a large staffing organization can be a daunting task. Smaller firms emphasize relationship-building over quantity and quotas. Professionals at a smaller firm will have a personally vested interest in learning more about their customers and in the long-term success of every placement.

Better Candidate Pool

Staffing firms, as an ethical rule, do not recruit candidates from their clients. A large firm may have a long and impressive client list. However, that list represents all of the places that are off-limits to new searches. Therefore, there is an impact on their pool of candidates and recruiting strategies. Smaller firms may not have a Fortune 500 list of clients, but they have much greater flexibility in approaching potential new hires.

In-depth Knowledge

The right placement is not just about finding someone with the right skills and experience. It is critical to partner with a staffing professional who understands the firm’s culture, personalities, and specialized needs. The current situation is unique because law firms and legal departments need to find talent that can start immediately, work remotely, and succeed with minimal training. Large staffing firms do not typically focus on this type of profile. A smaller staffing firm will take the time to learn the finer details and find a candidate that is the best fit.

Collier Legal Search is a full-service legal staffing company. We place well-credentialed partners, associates, and legal professionals at every level in law firms and corporations. Our experience, connections, and unique approach to building our candidate database deliver consistent results that clients can depend on. We are committed to the success of our clients and our candidates. Find out what we can do for you. Contact us at 832-239-5253.