The nature of the position I was hired for was a 2 year contract as Executive Director, Legal & Procurement at the Canadian Tourism Commission. Luckily, ZSA had contacted me about the role. While working with Stephanie, I found her to be very helpful in driving the process forward, reminding me of expectations and deadlines of the employer. I have experience with another recruitment firms, but I found ZSA to be more knowledgeable and helpful. I canít think of any area of improvement regarding my experience and I would utilize the services of ZSA again in the future!
I have used ZSA in Toronto for approximately 3.5 years now, as Salima helped me find my previous job, as well as my current position as In-House Senior Legal Counsel for General Mills Canada. I find that both ZSA and Salima are at the top of their game. My experience working with Salima was great! She has always been very helpful, and took the time to understand my needs and interests. She always made herself available, and was pleasant to work with. I never had a problem reaching Salima and I feel she was really invested in helping me find a position. I really feel Salima makes a strong effort to get to know her clients, understands their concerns and needs, and really focuses on helping secure a position that meets the client's criteria. Moreover, Salima understands the market and the legal world, and provides excellent advice. I would highly recommend her to my colleagues and I will definitely use her services again in the future if the need arises. I am completely satisfied with my experience, both with Salima and ZSA.
Emily is perfect for her role as recruiter - she's very personable and professional, and knows the legal industry extremely well. While I was transitioning from private practice to in-house, Emily spent a great deal of time helping me, not only through the initial candidate assessments and interviews, but through the entire transition into my new position. Emily followed up with me on a regular basis to see how I was fitting in and how I liked the role. She is highly skilled at matching her candidates with the best position suited to their skills, personality, and goals. I strongly recommend Emily as a recruiter, to anyone looking to make the same jump from private legal practise to an in-house counsel role.
Tania helped me in obtaining a position as a Health Law Legal Assistant. I contacted ZSA as I thought it would be more beneficial using an agency in my job search. Tania was so pleasant to deal with and understood what kind of position I was seeking. She was efficient and quick to getting back to me. Prior to contacting ZSA, I met with someone at a different recruitment firm. They knew I wanted a health law position, but would send me unrelated postings which were not helpful to me. I had a great experience with Tania and nothing couldíve been improved. I would absolutely use the services of ZSA again!
With Mikes Aujlaís help, I was hired as a Corporate Immigration Lawyer. I was recommended to ZSA by a friend, who had a successful experience with Paul. Overall, Mike provided excellent service! I was delighted that his services did not simply end when I was offered a position. He went beyond his duties by contacting me after I was offered the position to make sure everything went smoothly and to make sure I felt confident with the transition. I have used one recruitment agency in the past and ZSA far surpasses them. ZSA is quick and the contact with the recruiter is constant. Thus, you always feel like you know what is going on and the status of the job. In addition, Mike made himself available to talk with me after the interview and also after the second meeting with my employer. I found this helpful and it demonstrated exceptional client service skills. I would certainly use the services of ZSA again!
National Firm Candidate
ZSA was recommended to me by Michelle Fivel at Major, Lindsey and Africa (a recruiting firm in the States). I spoke with an individual at the Counsel Network initially (as they were recommended to me by a friend), but as they didn't seem to have much in the way of opportunities for a U.S. attorney, I thought to reach out to ZSA as well. Mike Aujla was very pro-active and was quick to respond to my questions. Mike is also very patient and I appreciated that quality since I had many questions due to my unfamiliarity with the Vancouver market. Although my situation was one that I believe required more work, Mike nevertheless continued to reach out to firms for me and act as my advocate. In comparison with past recruiters, ZSA was great! I thought I had a practically impossible situation, but I was able to land an offer as a mid-level corporate associate as a result of Mikeís efforts after working with Mike for only about 2 months! Thanks again Mike.
National Firm Candidate
I was hired as a Senior Attorney with the help of ZSA, namely Rebecca Toth. I was contacted by Rebecca, with whom I had interviewed with years before. Overall, I really liked Rebecca's work on my behalf and my experience with ZSA. I really appreciated that she was quite diligent in contacting me with job opportunities that she felt fit my profile. I have used other recruiters in the past, but ZSA and specifically Rebecca has out-performed other firms who have contacted me in the past.
Joanne assisted me in obtaining a position as the Assistant to the VP of Legal and Corporate Secretary for Silver Wheaton Corp. I was referred to ZSA through a friend of mine who used ZSA (JoAnne Peppiatt) as her recruiter and also had good results. Firstly, I found JoAnne to be very professional. I liked that JoAnne contacted me with job opportunities that were very specific to my working back ground. It has been a long time since Iíve been in the job market and JoAnne had very good and useful information with respect to the interviewing process that I believe actually helped me to secure the job. JoAnne has such a nice and calm personality that put me at ease during a very stressful time. I actually signed up with a couple of other recruiters but nothing materialized through them. ZSA (JoAnne) was excellent compared to the other recruiters that Iíve used. I would use the services again and I will definitely refer ZSA and JoAnne to others.
The position I obtained with the help of Joanne was as a Legal Administrative Assistant. I had tried several other agencies regarding positions that they had advertised but they were slow in contacting me. I found Joanne to be extremely helpful. She gave me a good idea of what the company was looking for and gave me good advice as how to stand out from the other candidates (i.e. she advised me to send a thank you letter to the employer after the interview). She was also very attentive by checking up on me to make sure I enjoyed the place where I obtained the position. Iíve used recruiters before and I found ZSA provided more personal interest in their candidates and kept them more informed as to positions they thought would suit them. I've found that other recruiters will contact you at first but if they don't think that you suit a position they will not keep in contact with you further. Thanks again JoAnne and ZSA!
With Taniaís assistance, I was able to obtain a position as a legal assistant. I was job searching and had been posting my resume on various websites that were looking for legal assistants/law clerks, until Dolores from ZSA replied and asked me to meet with Tania. My overall experience was excellent! As soon as I spoke with Tania, she said she had a potential client that fit my search. She forwarded my resume and they called after a week for an interview and within two days I was offered the position. Iíve used several recruitment firms in the past and actually gave up hope because they were all unable to find me a position. I would often meet with them and after several months of waiting I still wouldnít hear from them. Dolores played an instrumental role and really worked around my schedule. There is nothing I would have improved regarding my experience as my emails were always answered! Dolores and Tania were very helpful and always patiently replied to my inquiries. I would absolutely use ZSA again.
Candidate, Major Law Firm
I was hired on as Legal Assistant/Clerk with the assistance of Tania. I first contacted ZSA when I moved from Vancouver to Toronto in 2006 to assist me in finding a legal assistant/law clerk position. My experience with Tania has been great! She is friendly, professional and positive. Tania emailed and phoned me as soon as a suitable position was available to ask if I was interested. She corresponded with me in a timely fashion, whether by phone or email. Tania recommended that I email the lawyer I interviewed with, and later the same day I obtained my current position! In comparison with past recruiters, I found ZSA is definitely a professional and reputable agency with many legal positions. ZSA really looks for the most compatible position best suited for the candidate. I also found the ZSA website easy to navigate and search for positions. I would certainly use ZSA again in my job search!
Recently I had dealings with ZSA Legal Recruitment. Fortunately for me the person I was referred to there was Mike Aujla. From the moment our conversation began he seemed truly concerned about finding a good fit for me with a law firm in Calgary. I remember our first interview because that afternoon he called me again with enthusiasm and excitement in his voice. He said he had just been handed a file that would be a great fit for me. He graciously led me through the process of interviewing, and always made me feel optimistic when I felt less confident. Nothing fell through the cracks with Mike. He was right on the pulse and now I have a terrific dream position starting in April. It is without hesitation that I consider Mike to be a dedicated professional who truly cares about his clients best interest. Thank you Mike.
With the assistance of Elizabeth, I was hired on as a Legal Administrator at McMillan. I contacted ZSA as a result of its good reputation and quick response time. Previous to that I looked through job listings on Craig List and inquired on various job work sites with little success. Elizabeth was professional and informative. She never gave up on me and was always positive. Overall, it was a pleasure to work with her and I would highly recommend her services! Iíve used recruiters in the past who were always slow to respond. I was very impressed with ZSA and there is nothing that could have improved my experience. I would certainly use ZSA again.
National Firm Candidate
I worked with Mike on my transition between private practice firms. Mike was extremely helpful in educating me on the process, preparing me for the various interviews and emphasizing my skills to my new employer. His attention to my application was thorough and fulsome and it was a pleasure working with Mike in my last move. I would recommend Mike for anyone keen on learning about or seeking out other employment opportunities in the market.
National Firm Candidate
Thanks to Grahamís help, I was hired as a Senior Associate in the Tax Group at Lawson Lundell. My overall experience in working with Graham was excellent! He took the time to get to know about me and my experience and wasn't deterred by the fact that my resume was a little unusual. He did an excellent job of connecting me with a firm for which I seemed to be well suited. He was prompt, courteous and professional at all times. Compared to my past experience with recruiters, ZSA was far better. There was nothing I would have improved regarding my experience. I would certainly use ZSA again, although I hope the role at Lawson will be a long term relationship.
Legal counsel, Abbott Laboratoires
I often recommend Dominique to legal professionals seeking new career opportunities as well as employers looking to fill legal positions. From a job seeker's standpoint, Dominique's no-nonsense attitude and her concise, precise and on-point comments and advice on employers, interviewers and the legal job market in preparation for interviews allow a rare insight and advantage to any candidate able to listen and use her comments to his or her advantage. What's more, Dominique is a pleasure to work with. If you are looking for an ace in legal recruitment, look no further.
Chief Canadian Counsel, AmerisourceBergen Canada
Dominique changed my view of what a legal recruiter is like. I have used her expertise both as a client and a candidate, and have in each case been very satisfied with the results. She cares about fit, and presented only quality matches. In terms of communication and managing the recruitment process, Dominique was always responsive by phone and email, personable, and insightful in her professional advice.
Legal Counsel, McLennan Ross LLP
I recently changed the direction of my legal career by seeking a place in private practice after years as in-house counsel. Without the assistance of Mike Aujla of ZSA's Calgary office, my transition to a practice that fit with my goals and personal values would not have been possible. Mike was highly attentive to my needs and sought to assist me whenever and however he could by answering questions and sharing his knowledge of firm cultures. I sincerely appreciated Mike's positive attitude towards my job search which kept me in the right frame of mind as I approached my interviews. Mike was more like a friend and coach rather than a mere service provider during the time we worked together. I am now settled at a very good firm with a rewarding practice. I wish to thank Mike for his efforts on my behalf and congratulate him for demonstrating excellence in his work.
Ladan Hannah Nassiry
Formerly Senior Legal Counsel | Praxair Canada
This is a note I sent to Dominique after she helped me find my current position as Senior Legal Counsel. I thought that instead of paraphrasing a recommendation, I should post it: I cannot find proper words to explain your professionalism. I believe it is something innate to you. Wherever and in whatever capacity you work, your diligent and serious professionalism will shine. You understood my distress and urgency of my job search. At the same time, you were able to keep me well grounded and did not encourage me to accept any offer just because I wanted a job. You helped me find a position fit with my experience, skills and needs. You also made sure that the corporate culture of the employer answered my expectations. In short, you did not even try to squeeze me into a shape that would please an employer. I believe working with ZSA means working with the ďCadillacĒ of legal head-hunters. ZSA obtains exclusive search mandates from multinationals that offer exciting legal work and comfortable remuneration to experienced lawyers. My apologies for not having written this email sooner. I doubt that I was able to fully explain my gratitude to you and your company.
Formerly Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
During my lengthy job search I had the occasion to work with various legal recruiters (hired by potential employers) and Dominique was by far the most organized, resourceful, helpful and caring recruiter I came across. Dominique has sound judgment, excellent instincts and innate people skills, and even though she was often retained by the employer, I always felt as though she had my interests at heart and was genuinely seeking to make the right connection and ensure a good fit for all parties. She was always available to me, did thorough follow-up and gave expert advice - Dominique's pre-interview notes and preparation are invaluable! Dominique shines among the legal recruiters in the city and I was delighted that, after all her patience and hard work with me, she was the one who was able to secure my new position for me. I would highly recommend her work.
Formerly Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong
I was quite happy practicing law at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg (Montreal) but had always wondered what it would be like working in a major business centre like Hong Kong, the financial hub of the world's fastest growing economy. It was for this reason that I approached ZSA and sought their assistance. They were extremely helpful in finding me a position at Baker & McKenzie, Hong Kong, where I currently work.
I could not have imagined how challenged I would be with the work I am currently handling, whether it is handling a multi-billion dollar capital raising exercise and acquisition for a Real-Estate Investment Trust or cross-border M&A transactions involving assets in China and across Asia. The files are extraordinarily multi-national in dimension; the clients are extremely sophisticated; and, my colleagues are very talented. As for living in Hong Kong, my wife and I are loving every minute of it.
I would strongly recommend to other lawyers that they explore their dreams of working in a true global legal centre.