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Build Your Network the Right Way
Written by Robert Kinney
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

legal recruiting network

You’ve heard it all before: It’s all about who you know. You have to put yourself out there. You need to build your network.

So, needless to say, it has been interesting to see the counterpoint to this old adage  presented in articles such as Networking Tips for Contrariansand 99% of Networking is a Waste of Time. These pieces brought up many good points, some of which warrant further development.

Networking is a big part of my job. If I don’t have the right connection with the right person who trusts my judgment enough to interview a candidate I like, then I need to find someone who does. That’s part of the reason we operate as a group.

I can’t be everywhere and I can’t know everyone and, as hard as it is to admit this even to myself sometimes, not everyone is going to like or trust me.  So the more people with whom I have a positive, trusting relationship, either my own or by proxy through a colleague, the more our candidates will benefit. It seems pretty simple and it is the reason all of us at Kinney spend a fair amount of time every year on the road cultivating our “friendship garden.”

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Meet the Recruiters: Chris Miller
Written by Editor
Monday, August 17, 2015

Chris Miller Legal RecruiterThis week we sat down with Chris Miller (yes, we have two Chris Millers on our team). Chris is a Texas-native and currently recruiting in our Dallas office.

Why or how did you become a legal recruiter?
After a brief but illustrious stint at the practice of law in Houston, I had the opportunity to help grow a technology company in California and Texas.  Nine years later, it was time to take on a new challenge, so I reached out to my old friend Robert Kinney.  Listening to Robert talk about his business and the industry, I was convinced that I could add something of value to the operation, so I agreed to join.  Now if I could just remember what that something was. . .

What’s been the hardest lesson you had to learn as a recruiter?
It is difficult to realize and accept that even what appear to be the most obvious and mutually beneficial transactions still don’t always happen and often these deals break down for reasons that are completely outside of your individual control.
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Meet the Recruiters: Rachel Huey
Written by Editor
Monday, August 10, 2015

legal recruiter Rachel HueyWe caught up with our fun and outgoing recruiter Rachel Huey this week. We talked about everything from what motivates her to her proudest moment on the job.

How did you become a legal recruiter?
With some incredible luck and timing, I fell into the business right out of college. I majored in advertising in school but realized quickly that an agency job wasn’t going to be the career that really worked for me. So instead, I applied for a communications-oriented job that a legal recruiter had posted online on behalf of one of her clients in the Dallas area.

When I met with her, we had a lot to talk about but also agreed that the posted position wasn’t a fit for me. She then inquired whether I would be interested in working under her to learn to recruit professionals in the legal community. I said yes and, three years later, it’s still the best decision I have ever made. This job is not for the faint of heart, but it’s the best.

What’s been your favorite placement and why?
My favorite placement was the first time I placed a friend candidate with a friend client. One of my great friends was looking for an associate to start with his high-end litigation boutique, and I had another friend who was less-than-happy at her current gig. She was grinding it out at her firm and felt more like a pencil pusher than an advocate for her clients. She mentioned to me in passing over happy hour that she was kinda-sorta keeping her eyes out for a change, something with the right kind of work and culture fit. Though I knew the both of them from what felt like opposite ends of the universe, a light bulb went on.
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