Our consultants are trusted advisors. We make ourselves available to advise candidates with
additional needs, such as detailed CV review and analysis. In our view, the more detail the better!
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We supply a detailed programme that covers off on all aspects of what our candidates might be interviewed on, tailor-made for every role we work on! Often interviewers will play their cards very close to their chests, in that they are not willing to divulge exactly what they will ask in an interview. On that basis, our advice is based on the idea that they will ask you everything!
Guided by our core values of honesty and integrity, we utilise the highest levels of discretion and professionalism when dealing with job applications. We’ll keep you updated at all stages of the recruitment process, and provide you with honest, timely feedback.
Our consultants provide mentoring and guidance to help our candidates achieve their goals. As a qualified lawyer and experienced recruiter, Managing Director Frieda Crawford, has been a respected member of the legal community for many years, and has a comprehensive knowledge of all areas of the legal profession and the qualities required to succeed as a lawyer. Our consultants will focus on identifying a fit that aligns with your personality, skills, and experience. We pride ourselves on our honest and authentic advice.
We take the time to listen to our candidates and to understand their career ambitions and personal requirements. Our consultants provide practical advice to guide our candidates career development and to help them position themselves competitively in the market. With our detailed knowledge of the legal market, we’re able to inform our candidates about the best opportunities on offer around the world. With contacts around the globe, we’re able to connect you with employers in leading law firms both locally and internationally. We will help you imagine new possibilities!
We recruit for clients from both private practice and in-house environments. Our clients are based in New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, Asia, the Middle East and selected offshore jurisdictions. We cater to all job levels, from graduates and junior lawyers to senior partners and general counsel. Whatever your career aspirations, we will do our best to help you achieve them!
Our consultants invest time in our candidates to help them achieve their long-term goals. We take the time to get to know the lawyers we work with, guiding our candidates through the application process, giving them the best opportunity to make the right impression. Every time our consultants approach candidates, it is personalised and specific to their needs. Our consultants are focused on ensuring you feel listened to and valued.
We believe successful talent acquisition does not rely solely on sourcing candidates with the required level of experience and expertise. We understand people differ in their personalities, attitudes and values; therefore, we look beyond the CV to ensure the role is the right fit for our candidate. What cultural contribution will you make to the organisation? Will you offer a dimension that our client is missing? Will you bring a viewpoint or context that our client does not currently have? Is this the right work environment for you? Finding the right cultural fit will mean you will be happier and more engaged, putting you in a better position to maximise your potential and reach your goals. We will help you find a role that suits your needs!
We recognise that diversity leads to a variety of ideas, knowledge, and ways of doing things. We encourage applications from candidates that are representative of all backgrounds and cultures, as long as you can demonstrate that you possess the required skills, experience, competencies and attributes in order to deliver to the role.
Our strong understanding of the market gives our candidates specialised, personalised, and authentic advice. We are focused on providing advice that is specific to your individual needs.
Many top-tier law firms will only proceed with an application based on excellent academics. To aid your success in reaching your goals it would be ideal to have a grade point average of at least a B+.
The first two years of post-admission experience are vital in building your foundation of knowledge. Regardless of your interest in law, it is important to keep your options open and avoid focusing on one area of law too early. If you are able to demonstrate a variety of skills and experience, you will have more career development options later on.
What type of legal environment suits your needs and aspirations? The first few years of your career are very important, as the organisation you train with will impact the type of lawyer you are to become. When you have done your own research, and discussed this matter with lawyers you know, please get in touch with one of our consultants and we will help you to identify exactly what is right for you.
Your level of salary will often correlate directly with the type of firm or organisation you choose to work in, as well as your level of post-admission experience. Salaries vary across the market. You need to think long and hard about what you would like to achieve. Do you want to maximise your potential and achieve a long-term career goal? Would you prefer to focus on a work-life balance? There are many factors to consider. When you have decided on what you would like out of your career, contact one of our consultants and we will advise you on what salary you are likely to be offered in the type of organisation or firm you would like to work for.
Your CV should detail what you have been doing since you were admitted to the Bar. If you have taken time of work for any reason whether it be travel, sickness, parental leave or other, include it in your CV. Gaps of employment can be misinterpreted as omitting a role. It is better to state why you were not employed than to leave questions unanswered.
In many offshore jurisdictions, including the UK, 2 years of post-admission experience in New Zealand is considered to be graduate level in their jurisdiction. Therefore, ideally you should have at least 3 years of post-admission experience in New Zealand before going offshore. To increase your chances in securing employment, 2 years of your experience should be acquired in a top-tier law firm in New Zealand.
Taking the time to highlight why you want to work for a specific organisation and why you are the ideal candidate for the job grabs the attention of a prospective employer immediately. It is very important.
"I cannot speak highly enough of Frieda and the team at Clarity. Notwithstanding the time difference between Europe and NZ, Frieda was always available to be contacted no matter how big or small the query. Her background as a lawyer gives her unique insights into the needs of candidates, the likely fit of a candidate within a firm, and the state of the market. A thoroughly professional and friendly service all round."
"Clarity’s input and guidance through the process was really useful and helped me have the confidence to get over the line in the recruitment phase. Best experience with a recruitment company hands down."
"I have always been highly impressed throughout my dealings with Frieda. She is incredibly organised, knowledgeable, approachable and truthful - which is invaluable. Frieda has particular knowledge of the London market due to her personal contacts which means she is able to put you forward for specific jobs. She was specific about what jobs would suit me and, in conjunction with me, she targeted the right job for me. As a result, I landed an excellent job in London before even getting here! I have nothing but high praise for Frieda and her direct, hands-on and honest approach, even down to 7am Skype messaging! If you are moving overseas, Frieda is the only recruiter you need!"
"Clarity Consulting Group put me at ease through the whole recruitment process and kept me up to date on the status of decision making within the client organisation. I am very grateful to have been matched up to such a perfect job for me and to be working in a group that shares the same core values as me. I would definitely recommend Frieda Crawford and Clarity Consulting Group to any organisation seeking a quality candidate who can perform the role to a high standard and is also the right match for that organization's culture."
"Clarity Consulting was extremely active in liaising with employers on my behalf and finding job opportunities which were exactly what I was looking for. I felt that a lot of hard work was put in on my behalf. I now have a position which I am very happy with and I am grateful for the assistance and support I received."
"Applying for senior roles in any organisation can be a long and stressful process. While ultimately engaged and paid by employers, Clarity was responsive and treated me as a valued candidate rather than one of many applicants. Clarity provided me with end-to-end assistance with the process from my expression of interest through to job placement. Frieda is an astute judge of people and provided insight into the requirements and personalities of the interviewing panel, and her tips and guidance for interview preparation were invaluable."
"Clarity Consulting Group were excellent to deal with when I successfully applied for my current role. Frieda Crawford had a very impressive depth of knowledge about the role and what her client organisation was looking for in a candidate. It was obvious that Frieda had very carefully selected appropriate candidates to match that role. In a positive and friendly manner, Frieda had screened applicants to ensure not only that they could perform the role to a high standard, but also that they would be an excellent cultural fit for the organisation - an aspect which is often overlooked by recruiters."
"I worked with Frieda as a candidate applying for a senior legal position and found her to be one of the most conscientious and hardworking recruitment agents I had encountered. Frieda spent considerable time and effort ensuring I was sufficiently informed about the next steps in the recruitment process, providing me with guidance material to assist interview preparation and giving me useful insights into the personalities involved in recruiting me. In my experience Frieda works as hard for the candidate as she does for the employer to ensure that both parties are in the best position to make a fully informed and critical decision - which in my case involved a successful move back to New Zealand with a great employment opportunity."