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Up and Comers Under 40 Q & A - Matt Telford

Name: Matt Telford
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
Year Joined Major, Lindsey & Africa: 2020

What attracted you to Major, Lindsey & Africa?

MLA is the best in the business, and I knew I wanted to become a recruiter to utilize my soft skills to help lawyers make the right choices for their careers.  What better place to develop as a recruiter than MLA.

What is the best part of your job?

Helping associates find the right fit for their careers.

What is the most surprising part of being a recruiter?

The amount of work that goes into placing attorneys with the right firm (it is not an easy job, but it’s rewarding).

How would you describe your career in 5 words or less?

Advocate and career counselor

Describe one of your successes thus far at Major, Lindsey & Africa.

My first placement back in 2020 was a value-add for both the associate and the client.  The associate specialized in the firm’s preferred practice and joined a team that was highly attuned to teambuilding and mentorship—both parties came away with a win. 

What advice would you give to someone considering becoming a recruiter?

Understand that there is a learning curve, as with any career pivot.  That being said, one of the most important attributes of a good recruiter is your soft (people) skills, so make sure those are well polished.

If you weren’t a lawyer or a recruiter, what career would you have had?

Healthcare (nurse or doctor)

What is on your bucket list?

Traveling to South America (the last inhabited continent I have yet to visit). 

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