• Not all recruiters are hard-working and aggressive.
  • If you have a recruiter who is not hard-working or aggressive, you as an attorney could be missing out on opportunities in larger and more prestigious firms.
  • Keep reading to find out how recruiters can negatively affect an attorney’s career through a lack of hard work and aggression.

Summary: Learn how legal recruiters have harmed so many attorneys and why you should never use one in this article.
Why You Should Never Use a Legal Recruiter: Do Not Use a Legal Recruiter Until You Read This

I worked very hard at a top college and did the same at a top law school. When I got out of law school, I did a federal clerkship and received offers from several very competitive law firms. When I was interested in switching law firms, I reached out to legal recruiters with the expectation that I would encounter people like me—people who worked in a different capacity but who had a similar professionalism, work ethic, and sense of commitment. I was wrong.

Whether or not they were attorneys, the legal recruiters I spoke with did not seem to understand what I did for a living or the legal market. They had access to a few jobs, but they certainly did not know of all of the jobs out there. They were very quick to attempt to sell me on any offer or interview I received. They were aggressive and more salespeople than anything. I was disappointed and disillusioned. Is this who would be responsible for my career? Is this all a high-achieving, motivated attorney looking for career guidance could hope for?