I am unemployed,I have been since last October, I worked as a legal executive in a small firm. Most of the work handled by the firm was conveyancing although I worked in litigation so I didn't expect to encounter any difficulty in getting a job since litigation is still booming, I was wrong.
I am still trying to find a legal job but I have also been applying for admin jobs but no success there either. Recently I applied to a company looking to recruit debt collection agents. Given that I worked in litigation and was familiar with the legal process I believed that my skills and experience were relevant.
Twelve minutes after sending my CV I recieved a response stating that they my application was not going to be considered further. I was insulted by this and sent an e-mail requesting the reasons why I was not being considered. The following morning I recieved a phone call from one of the recruitment team, she stated that although I had impressive legal experience I had no telephone experience!!!
WTF, you might say, I explained to her that I dealt with clients, solicitors, barristers and insurance companys on a daily basis. She couldn't really specify what skills I lacked, other than telephone experience, that ruled me out of contension. I told her that I found this to be unsatisfactory and I would be writing a letter to the MD of the company, to which I recieved no response.
This is just one example of shambolic reasons and excuses that I have been forced to swallow over the last few months, and I'm getting tired of it. I can accept that a potential employer would fear that I would grab the first legal position that was offered to me, but it's been some months since I had an interview with law firm and I would consider any role at this stage. There are plenty of talented experienced people like me out there, who can turn their hand to anything, its a pity employers cant see this.