This is the fourth in a series of posts titled, What They Don’t Teach You in Law School About Dealing With Legal Recruiters: A Must Read for Law Firm Associates by David SarnoffEsq.


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David Sarnoff: Principal, Sarnoff Group

Selecting The Right Recruiter

How to select the right recruiter can be difficult. There are many recruiters from firms big and small. There are many different styles and pitches. Attorneys should probe recruiters on their experience, whether or not they practiced law and understand the demands of the job, and how they conduct their processes. Most recruiters who do their job well have the necessary relationships with most law firms and are able to make proper introductions. Be wary of recruiters who pitch themselves as experts, for instance, in real estate or litigation placements.

While there are some recruiters that focus in practice areas, particularly patent law, in many cases it is simply a sales pitch. Most professional recruiters can place candidates in multiple practice areas. You may also check out a recruiter’s LinkedIn profile, does he/she have recommendations from reputable attorneys. Ask for references and do some homework. Remember, this is your career and the move you make from your first job after law school is a vital move in your career. Do it wisely.

Work with a recruiter with whom you have a good rapport, who listens to your feedback, creates a targeted search that can be expanded as needed, and who does not press you or force consideration of opportunities that are not what you have described.  Finally, don’t ever let a recruiter identify you or present your resume for a position without your express permission. Maintain total control over your materials. A recruiter can and should be a vital asset in a career move, be your advocate, provide market intelligence and overall career counseling.


David B. Sarnoff, Esq. is a legal recruiter and Principal of his search firm, Sarnoff Group LLC. He has over eighteen (18) years of experience as a recruiter and career counselor. He has placed attorneys into law firms, companies and hedge funds at different experience levels, practice areas and in many cities. Feel free to contact David for a confidential conversation at 646.665.4899 or david@sarnoffgroup.com. David also practiced at a New York law firm in the areas of complex commercial litigation and white collar defense. He is a member of the Board of Education in Fort Lee, NJ and currently serves as the Board President.