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Our warmest thanks to all those who came along to our annual Oaks Day event yesterday!

It was great to see you all there and have so many of you leave with a sweep prize.  We enjoyed hosting in the new Lanai bar space at CQ  and look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

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Kaleidoscope and Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment had the pleasure of attending our first ALPMA meeting as their new corporate sponsor. We enjoyed meeting with 25 practice managers from boutique law firms across Melbourne. It was a fantastic opportunity to provide an insight into recruitment practices whilst also gaining a further understanding of boutique law firms and internal recruitment procedures. We would like to thank ALPMA and their lovely members for welcoming us and we look forward to a successful partnership.  

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Kaleidoscope is hosting its annual Oaks Day Racesevent and we would love for you to come!!  

Held at CQ on Thursday, 8th November between 12noon and 2pm, come join us and enjoy some champagne, canapes and take part in our free sweeps with prizes.  Please feel free to forward this invite to as many of your legal secretary and support staff friends as you like (the more the merrier!!).  Do note however, that spots are limited – so first in best dressed!

Please RSVP to [email protected] by Monday, 28th October to let us know if you can attend. It's the perfect chance to escape the office during your lunch break or you can even join us for the whole two hours! 


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We’ve all heard the old maxim; “Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of you!”, and anyone worth their weight in the world of business knows that this doesn’t just stop at personal treatment. Many recent studies have shown that environmental factors in the office environment can also have a huge impact on the mental health, well-being, efficiency and productivity of those who work in it!

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Kaleidoscope is excited to officially welcome Anthony Pace to the team! Anthony is our newest consultant and comes from an extensive legal support background. Anthony understands the challenges of finding a new role and has the skills and knowledge to guide secretaries and legal support staff in their search. 

If you'd like to chat about your next career move contact Anthony on 03 8676 0486  for a confidential discussion or email [email protected] 

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Our elves have been busy in the office this week preparing for the silly season!

We'd like to wish all our clients and friends a festive holiday season and happy New Year, we look forward to working with you all in 2018!

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Thanks to all those who attended Oaks Day yesterday.  This year was our most exciting to date with so many of our lucky secretaries taking home sweep prizes! It was also a special day for Kaleidoscope as we celebrated Partner Fiona Ruggieri’s 10 year anniversary! Congratulations Fiona and thank you for everything you’ve done over the past 10 years to make Kaleidoscope a success.

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Today the office acquired 3 new furry employees for National Bring Your Dog to Work Day! They certainly brightened up the office and definitely increased productivity.

From left: Foxy, Dash and Tori

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When you’re applying for jobs, providing references will be an essential part of the process. While these don’t always need to be included on your resume to begin with, it is important that you have a few professional references lined up for when a potential employer requests them.

When you apply for a job, you’re essentially selling yourself. A reference check usually comes at the end of the application/interview process, and is your last chance to put your best foot forward. As such, a good reference could land you the job, while a bad one will most likely negatively affect your chances.

Our recruitment team at Kaleidoscope Legal Recruitment have years’ of experience processing applications in the Australian legal jobs sector, and in that time we’ve discovered what makes a good reference and what makes a bad one. Here’s what we’ve learnt: 

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Kaleidoscope and Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment are proud to be hosting their annual movie night this month for Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2!

When is it?             Thursday, 27th April.  

                               Pre-movie drinks 5:40pm

                              Movie starts 6:40pm sharp

Where is it?           Hoyts, Level 4, Melbourne Central

As always, we would love for you to bring other lawyers and legal secretaries so feel free to share the invite with your colleagues – the more the merrier. As those who have been before know, there are limited seats, so it’s first in best dressed!

Pre-movie drinks, choc-tops and popcorn are included.  Not sure what to expect? View a preview of the movie here

RSVP to [email protected] before Friday,7th April to let us know if you can join us. If you want to bring a guest or guests we need you to RSVP with all of your guests names, email address and place of work/job title.

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Kissing a lot of frogs doesn’t always get you your prince

As recruiters for the legal profession we see pretty well every job-seeking strategy there is. Some work, and some don’t. A few work spectacularly badly. One of these is the scattergun approach; the candidate who applies more or less indiscriminately for any position that looks remotely suitable. It seems to be inspired by the old adage that “you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince”.

Let’s have a look at that.

The frog-kissing business may have some validity, but these candidates don’t even take the trouble to ensure that everything they kiss at least starts off as a frog, even if its future transformation into prince may be uncertain. For instance, we saw a candidate the other day who applied for two vacancies in the same firm – one for a litigation secretary, and the other for an HR position. Both jobs had been well-described in the ads, and nobody who had read the ads carefully could seriously have considered themselves suitable for both. So these guys kiss salamanders, toads, water-boatmen; anything vaguely yukky that looks as though it lives near a pond.

Don’t let your Prince catch you kissing your frogs

Worse still, in this case, the candidate had inadvertently revealed their sloppy methods to the prospective employer, diminishing their chances for either position.

Choose with care the jobs you apply for. Look for well-written ads that clearly describe the job and the qualities the employer is looking for. Target only those for which you are well- qualified. Be intelligently ambitious – look for challenges, but challenges you believe you have the knowledge and experience to meet. Then make sure your application addresses the terms of the job ad as fully and persuasively as possible – you have fewer frogs, but they have far greater prince-potential, and you have the time to lavish on each one.

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Last week Kaleidoscope celebrated its 11th Annual Oaks Day function. Unlike last year the sun was shining which made the lunch time excursion from the office much more enjoyable for all in attendance! The Champagne was flowing and with free sweeps and three races many of our legal secretaries and support staff walked away with a prize or two! Nobody left empty handed though thanks to the delicious cookies from Melbourne Cookie Co.  Thanks to all who came from the team here at Kaleidoscope Legal Recruitment and we look forward to seeing you all again next year! (Pictured from left: Amanda Lee, Kate Wain, Fiona Ruggieri and Claire Robinson)

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It's that time of year again - The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is upon us and we are of course celebrating with our annual Oaks Day Function! With only one week to go it's time to dig out your fascinators and tell your boss you'll be taking an extended lunch

Event details:

Date:                      Thursday, 3rd November 2016

Time:                      12pm – 2pm

Address:                 CQ Bar, 113 Queen Street

You can pop in for a few minutes or the whole two hours, but make sure you are there for at least one of the races as there's a good chance you'll bag a prize with our free sweeps! (and of course there will be complimentary champagne and canapes) 

It's not too late to RSVP for yourself and any legal support friends, email Norah at [email protected] 

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The team here at Kaleidoscope Legal Recruitment recently took a break at Melbourne's Ice Bar in Fitzroy.  All survived the sub -40 degree temperatures for almost an hour (with the help of a cocktail or two) followed by a fantastic feast at Rice Queen and some show stopping karaoke! Will soon have to start planning our Christmas function... any ideas?

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Who would you choose? Darcy or McDreamy? See how Bridget gets herself into a pickle this time here

Kaleidoscope and Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment invite you to a private, premiere screening of the movie Bridget Jones’s Baby, on Thursday, 15th September.   Pre-movie drinks start at 5:30pm @ Hoyts Cinemas, Level 4, Melbourne Central with the movie showing at 6:45pm.  We’ve also got some pre-show entertainment in the form of DJ NIXX.

We would love for you to bring other legal secretaries and lawyers so feel free to share the invite with your colleaguesthe more the merrier.

Drinks, choc-tops and popcorn included.  There are limited seats, so first in best dressed.

RSVP to [email protected] before Monday, 29th August to let us know if you can join us. Please RSVP with all of your guests names, email address and place of work/job title.


Bridget Jones Invite

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The Kaleidoscope and Burgess Paluch bunnies have been busy delivering delicious Easter buns this week.  Dan and his team of talented bakers from the Commercial Bakery in Gills Alley ( worked through the night to have them ready in time!

From all of us here at Kaleidoscope and Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment we wish everyone a safe and happy Easter break! 

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Welcome back to what is without doubt the premier Aussie Rules FOOTY TIPPING competition for the legal community in Australia. This year will be a big one! Free entry. $1000 first prize and weekly prizes. So get on board. Just over two weeks until first bounce, and it only takes 20 seconds to sign up. We look forward to you joining us!

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Kate Wain, our multi-tasking para-consultant recently celebrated her one year anniversary with Kaleidoscope. Originally a legal secretary, we thought we’d sit down and have a chat about how she is doing one year on after her career change. 

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The Kaleidoscope and Burgess Paluch Elves have been busy delivering delicious festive cookies this week! (Melbourne Cookie Co even gave us a few samples of their shortbread and gingerbread creations to try)

We hope all our followers have a joyous festive season and enjoyable New Year!*

*Kaleidoscope is closed over the break from 24th December and re-opens again on Thursday, 7th January.


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