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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 norah@klrecruitment.com.au 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 norah@klrecruitment.com.au 

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 norah@klrecruitment.com.au 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 (www.commercialbakery.com.au) 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! 

www.klrecruitment.com.au 

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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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If you know there is a better role out there for you, with more money, better working conditions, endless champagne in the office and a lifelong free supply of Michael Kors handbags … why wouldn’t you grab that opportunity? It seems simple enough, write a cover letter, update your CV and proceed to go, collect all the Michael Kors that you can fit under your bed and collect $200.00. Ok, the work force isn’t exactly like a Monopoly board (and if anyone knows where an endless supply of Michael Kors is, please call me ASAP), but what if the transition into a new role could really be that easy?

At Kaleidoscope Legal Recruitment, we are proud to provide an affordable resume writing service. Our experienced resume writers pride themselves on the ability to tailor a CV and cover letter to assist job seekers in securing their dream job. We take the hassle out of job hunting. It’s quite common for job seekers to send us a direct link to a job they are interested in and for us to tailor a CV and cover letter for that specific role. Alternatively, we can create a more general CV and cover letter which can be used for various applications.

The first step is for you to send us a copy of your CV. We then assess your CV and evaluate whether or not we are able to assist you. Pat yourself on the back if we aren’t able to assist you – you’ve obviously done a great job with your CV! As part of our service, we then have an in-depth chat with you to find out who you are and what you’ve done – people tend to leave out the most amazing and sometimes obvious information and our initial chat allows us to gather all the right details to fill in the gaps!

After this, we are in a better position to draft both the CV and cover letter.  The drafts are then forwarded to you for review, and we work together on any amendments that you would like to make before sending you final copies along with some extra information and tips to assist with your job hunt.  

As specialist legal recruiters, we know exactly how employers like to see a CV and cover letter. We can address the tricky key criteria (which everyone knows is tedious at best) and make it easy for you. Securing an interview and your dream job, can really be this easy.

For further information click here or contact Kate on 03 8676 0352 or kate@klrecruitment.com.au

   

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You have all heard that the property market is booming in Melbourne right now – what you might be wondering is whether the jobs market is booming for legal secretaries and support staff to match it!

With housing prices and the demand for properties on the rise, is it safe to assume the demand for property legal secretaries and conveyancing clerks is on the upward move too?

Let’s take a look at the hot-spots for staff in the legal support world right now… 

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Spring Racing Carnival is back for another year and at Kaleidoscope, we are proud to continue our tradition of hosting an Oaks Day event for legal support staff across Melbourne!

Coming from a legal support background myself, I always envied the solicitors who were invited to functions all year round – they generally left at lunchtime and rarely returned.  No legal secretary was ever invited (if they were it was to hand out marketing material or cross names off at the door), you were expected to stay in the office and hold down the fort.    

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Prior to working at a law firm, when I heard the word “secretary”, my first instinct was to think of an old lady in a long grey dress peering through oversized glasses into a typewriter. When I heard the word “legal”, I instantly imagined a character straight out of Suits, yelling across a court room completely decked out in pinstripes.

old working woman

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As a legal recruitment agency, we receive hundreds of applications from legal secretaries and other support staff on a weekly basis. We do come across great resumes that are professional, well written and concise, and these resumes capture our attention for the right reasons. On the other hand, we do receive resumes that capture our attention for the wrong reasons! Here is a list of common mistakes legal secretaries make in their resume. 

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So you’ve finally secured an interview for your dream job? Maybe after months of lying on a beach in Thailand, sipping mojitos and getting foot rubs from Katut, it’s back to reality and the dreaded ‘job hunt’. Your only obstacle? – You break out in a cold sweat when you hear the ‘interview’ word.

If you’re one of the 99.99%* of people who get nervous about the job interview process, then follow these basic guidelines to ensure you are fully prepared to leave a positive impression on your interviewer.

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The Pitches are back!

Kaleidoscope and Burgess Paluch Legal Recruitment invite you to a private screening of the movie Pitch Perfect 2, on Wednesday 13th May.   Pre-movie drinks start at 6pm @ Hoyts Cinemas, Level 4, Melbourne Central with the movie showing at 6.30pm. 

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