Frequently Asked Questions

Why use a recruiter?

Whether you’re looking to explore new opportunities or reenter the workforce, the thrill of a better career is often thwarted by the daunting task of job hunting.

A good recruiter will act as your liaison with hiring personnel, share relevant market intelligence, provide career resources, and help you draft the most effective resume, cover letter, and other job search documents. A good recruiter will act as your advocate and help you create a plan tailored to your individual skill set and desired professional goals so navigating career choices doesn’t feel like a second full-time job.

Working with a recruiter will also help distinguish you in an overly competitive job market. Avoiding overexposure by maintaining control of your resume works to set you apart from the crowd and makes a better personal first-impression—something lacking in direct job site applications.

We always treat candidate’s resumes strictly confidential and only submit them to an employer after we receive the candidate’s express authorization to do so.

What makes us different?

Established in 1988, we are one of the oldest, preeminent, and highly reputable legal search firms in the Chicago metropolitan area. As the only diversity-owned, National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) certified Chicago-based legal recruiting firm, our primary focus is a commitment to diversity through attorney recruitment and placement. We have a customized and comprehensive database of over 50,000 candidates as well as a confidential network that has allowed for a 30+ year track record of hundreds of successful placements. Whether you are a client or candidate, you can expect a proactive and tailored search to achieve your employment goals.

Additional benefits of using a recruiter:

Save Vital Time

Oftentimes, employers initially contact recruiters first, before posting an open position on a job board. They understand that recruiters generally have access to some of the best talent, which they have already vetted, saving them vital time screening candidates’ qualifications for a job opening.

Years of Experience

Many recruiters have worked with their clients for years, placing several candidates with them in various positions. This experience gives recruiters direct access to employers and insider knowledge about them.

Helpful Insights

Ongoing and consistent contacts within the legal profession enable recruiters to have helpful information, including industry trends, compensation, firm/company cultures, and the must-have skills employers are seeking.

Why use CLS?

We are a diversity-owned and managed Chicago-based company with a long-standing reputation as a trusted-advisor and recruiting partner within the legal community. We have a 30+ year demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion within the Chicago legal profession. Our recruiters work with candidates to understand both their career and personal aspirations to make strategic decisions. This increases the likelihood of a successful, long-term fit with a new employer.

We understand how important it is to identify opportunities that are compatible with your interests, areas of expertise, and career goals. We maintain a carefully cultivated network of professional, business, and personal contacts, which provides us with invaluable insight to help you make the most informed career choice.

Throughout your job search, you will receive individualized attention from one of our experienced recruiters. As part of our service, we offer resume revision suggestions, interview preparation, essential background information on employers and positions of interest, help evaluating employment offers, and advice on realistic compensation levels and other transitional matters.

Temporary/Contract Attorneys

We provide full-suite staffing and consulting solutions for our clients, including temporary, contract, project, and temp-to-perm hiring needs.

Contract attorneys can be utilized for the length of time necessary to complete your particular project, whether it is for two weeks or two years. Utilizing a contract lawyer is often the most productive and cost-effective way to fill your temporary needs.

Our top priority is to find candidates better job opportunities and employers the best candidates.
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