Your Career

Regardless of whether you're a junior in-house counsel, a mid-level tax adviser or a senior partner in an international law firm, before you make your next career move, it helps to get as much relevant information as possible to ensure your continued success. Timely and confidential information about current opportunities specific to your profession and to the market sector you operate in, is not always easy to come by. Likewise, it's not always easy to keep your intentions to make a move confidential while looking around for a better position. That's when using a dedicated recruitment firm can make all the difference.

To ensure you make the right career decisions, you should only engage a professional recruitment consultant who truly knows your business. Not all recruitment firms are the same. You are a professional, so why let your CV be handled by agencies who deal with computer programmers one day and with sales managers the next? Trust your career development to recruitment consultants who have a professional background similar to your own, and you are more likely to be guaranteed the kind of service you expect.

A professional recruitment firm is NOT a job agency. Your CV should never be allowed to be "mass marketed" in the hope that it will "stick somewhere, anywhere". A good recruitment firm will limit the distribution of your CV to those companies or firms whose specific vacancies are first discussed with you on a case by case basis. This ensures that your permission is sought every time a new vacancy arises, before your CV is presented for the vacancy. When the situation calls for it, your CV will be edited and presented in a "blind format", so that your identity is not disclosed unless the potential new employer expresses a definite interest to interview you based on your profile - as defined solely by your qualifications, achievements and transactional experience. This helps to reduce the risk that a candidate acquires the reputation of being "actively available" on the market, which could lower the candidate's perceived market value. Likewise, it makes no sense to leave your CV at the disposal of several recruitment firms at any one time, unless you retain control over its end destination.

Senior professionals, (particularly partners and senior associates who have already developed their own client base), should demand the most confidential and attentive service from the consultant who must be trusted to ensure that your next career move is handled professionally with no adverse impact on your existing client base. When choosing a recruitment firm, ask for examples of their past recruitment projects that involved partners and teams of lawyers or finance professionals in your country.

SOURCE Executive Recruitment is a specialist boutique Legal & Finance recruitment firm focusing exclusively on Central & Eastern Europe. HIGHfield Associates LLC, the owner of this web site, is a specialist executive search firm dealing only with US, UK or other common law country qualified lawyers. Both firms are owned and managed by qualified lawyers and finance professionals. Write to us at for more information about the professional background of our consultants and for details of our track record. We will be pleased to be of service.