Actual notifications when an employer pings your profile are, sadly, less dramatic.
It turns out people weren't entirely satisfied with the state of legal recruitment.
Within the first week of launching LawyerUp, legal professionals have flocked to the app, both in the UK and around the world. (Current non-UK frontrunner: Singapore.)
One silver circle partner told ROF, "Ok, that was easy. Now I just sit back and I don't have to talk to anyone. Nice."
An in-house lawyer said, "I like that it’s free, I don’t have to upload a CV, and it’s anonymous until I express interest in an approach. I can see what comes in on my phone, and then decide who to reject, and who to give my details to if I'm interested".
LawyerUp is for everyone in the legal sector, anywhere in the world, and the hundreds of week one joiners included associates, NQs, partners, PAs, PRs, IT staff, and the first KC. With just a few fields to select, setting up a profile takes 20 seconds, and makes LawyerUp ideal for people with itchy feet, people who are curious to know who wants them, and people who are too busy (or apathetic) to job hunt or update their CV.
But it's not just legal professionals who are keen to see what's out there for them. Numerous new firms have asked to access the app alongside the approximately 50 top law firms already signed up.
The word has begun to spread to businesses seeking to fill in-house roles, too, which means candidates whose profiles fit the bill may soon get pinged with a notification that a major bank, which asked to join this week, wants to pursue them for a VP position.
A major firm’s global head of comms said, "No-one likes rejection, and this avoids that. You know who's after you straight away, and you're not applying for something and risking being turned down - people approach you if they like the look of you".
"I work in the recruitment department of one of the firms listed as being signed up to the app", said a commenter last week: "If it works the way you describe, I'm all for it if it means not having to rely on external recruitment consultants all the time. I prefer the direct lines of channel with candidates in the market”.
Once the database has built up over the next couple of weeks, employers will be permitted to begin searching the anonymised profiles on the app (except their own employees, who they are blocked from seeing) and contacting them about roles they think are a good match.
When candidates get a notification that an employer is interested in them for its role, they can, with a tap, dismiss it, or find out more. If they tap 'yes', their email address and name is released to the interested employer, and they can move forward with snagging the lateral move they dreamed of, or the career move they never thought they needed.
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