Our Recruiting Approach
We believe a recruiter’s strength lies in his or her ability to develop open and candid relationships with clients and candidates. This is essential to successful recruiting and long lasting placements. To develop such relationships, we invest considerable time and effort getting to know our clients and candidates, while using the utmost discretion throughout the process. Our goal is to have relationships based on trust and mutual respect, and to serve as honest brokers in the marketplace.
We meet with our law firm and company clients on an ongoing basis to keep our market knowledge fluent and relevant as the market evolves. In client meetings we try to get a feel for your culture, your various practice groups and/or business clients, the relative pace of the workload, and what types of candidates tend to excel in your workplace. We also ask about your preferred ways of working with us so we can offer the best services to you in the ways that work well for you. Throughout the process we provide market feedback about the relative size of the candidate pool we expect to identify for your review, the difficulty of a particular search, reasons candidates are declining interest, etc. to enable you to adjust the search strategy if desired. Outside of an active search we are always happy to provide information about the current state of the legal market, compensation data points and trends, etc. In short, our recruiting approach is rooted in the belief that discretion, transparency, market knowledge, and thoughtfulness are the necessary attributes every recruiter should possess. At Madole Legal Search we offer these to the candidates and clients that we have the privilege of assisting in the Washington legal market.
In order to do our job well, we meet with all of our candidates in person at the outset of their search. We have found this is the best way to really get to know candidates on a professional and personal level. At the same time we understand the time constraints you face in your practice and we promise to make efficient use of your time. We will comprehensively vet your substantive legal skills in your practice area. We will also discuss a number of other factors with you including work ethos, personality and sense of humor, business development acumen (or lack of interest in) and client management skills, among others. We are not trying to “sell” you on the latest hot job. We are eager to get to know you and offer you meaningful information on the market. We enjoy serving as career counselors and sounding boards as you are planning for the near and long term. Some candidates want to position themselves for partnership within a law firm; some want to gain greater access to a particular kind of work within their practice area; others want to develop the relevant skills to transition to in-house practice. We also work with in-house counsel exploring their next in-house role.