Job hunting in the Twitter age

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  • Im surprised more law firms aren't offering this - I mean I feel a lot more comfortable talking frankly to a trainee then a recruitment person or partner at a law fair. I will always head toward the trainee. I want to know how someone two years ahead of me landed their job, not someone who qualified in the 80s!!

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  • I completely agree, trainees offer a different perspective and are often the more appropriate people to talk to during your TC search. Being able to talk to them online through social media offers a more informal way of doing so and I think would be welcomed by the majority of students.

    As a Business and Modern Languages Grad, I've studied the platform of social media from various perspectives and I think the importance of it is still underestimated in quite a few industries. It's definitely something I can see more and more firms signing up to in the future.

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  • Unfortunately it is a much needed tool due to how the UK's access to law system currently works. If we perhaps adopted a system such as in Sweden whereby during a Masters course (UK LPC equivalent stage) you are required to work within a law firm for 10 weeks to assist with your thesis (and law firms continually accept students all year) - it makes for a much more fluid motion of employment and matching employee/firm suitability. Reducing these desperate measures to try to be seen and heard. Training contracts act as such a barrier to access, not to mention that applying 2 years in advance is ridiculous. Many young trainees get stuck with contracts they no longer wish to fulfil as their plans change - unknowingly frustrating 100 odd other extremely willing candidates. How can the firms be getting the 'best' workers if many successful trainees’ want out before they're even in? Till Sverige…

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