Amrit is a Recruitment Partner at ZSA with over 5 years’ recruitment and headhunting experience.
Prior to joining ZSA, Amrit acquired her legal background at a regional law firm in the UK. When she moved to BC, she gained experience in executive search and headhunting, working for an international practice.
Amrit joined ZSA in 2015; she combines her experience gained from private practice and her strong inter-personal skills as a legal consultant, sourcing, headhunting and recruiting junior and senior lawyers for both firm and in-house positions in British Columbia and Alberta.
Amrit holds a LL.B. (Hons), from Nottingham Trent University and was admitted as a Solicitor on the roll of the Senior Courts of England and Wales in 2011.
Prior to speaking to Amrit, I had been applying for positions on my own but felt that I was spinning my tires, as I was not sure what firms would be interested in someone with my skill set and career goals. I had previously spoken to another recruiter who thought their clients might need someone with my skill set, but nothing had come of it.
Amrit made my job search significantly shorter by suggesting firms who she thought would want someone with my skills. I knew that I wanted to work on large, complex files because I had previously excelled at that work while working on contract at a large firm. However, I had been having very little luck finding openings and securing interviews for that kind of work. I approached ZSA because I thought a recruiter might know what companies had the kind of openings I was looking for. After reviewing my career summary and other materials, Amrit suggested I interview with several firms and within a few weeks, I had a job offer. I was very happy with my experience dealing with Amrit, she was excellent and I would use her again.
Shelton StuartArmstrong Naish Trial Lawyers
We needed a lawyer in Alberta for our expanding practice and the assignment was quite unique. Online posting on LinkedIn didn’t produce many results, so we reached out to ZSA. Amrit was attentive and understood the needs. She was up front that it was challenging to find applicants, but she kept at it. Ultimately I believe that potential candidates likely took the opportunity more seriously because it was posted by ZSA, and I would use their services again.
David SharePresident | Share Lawyers
I was referred to ZSA by a municipal colleague, after having had three unsuccessful attempts to recruit for this position. Amrit was a pleasure to work with. She was professional, knowledgeable, dependable and responsive to our recruitment needs. She was able to source and present a number of qualified and experienced candidates for the position. I really appreciated her ongoing updates during the recruitment process. I am very impressed with Amrit and ZSA, and would use ZSA to recruit for future legal positions.
Richard FongCity of New Westminster
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 ZSA’s Calgary office, my transition to a practice that fit with my goals and personal values would not have been possible. They were highly attentive to my needs and sought to assist me whenever and however they could by answering questions and sharing knowledge of firm cultures. I sincerely appreciated ZSA’s positive attitude towards my job search which kept me in the right frame of mind as I approached my interviews. I am now settled at a very good firm with a rewarding practice. I wish to thank ZSA for their efforts on my behalf.
Candidate at Top Regional Firm
Before contacting Amrit Rai at ZSA, I was exploring new opportunities. I had applied to other hiring firms and directly to firms in Alberta and BC. Amrit was excellent – she promptly answered my questions, returned my phone calls and emails. All-in-all, stellar service. I work and live in Alberta. I don’t think I would have come across this opportunity at all without Amrit’s help. ZSA ranks among the top of the recruiters I have previously used. ZSA provided quality service in linking me to my new employer. I am thankful for their assistance and look forward to my work opportunity.
Basil BansalNixon Wenger
I am now an Associate Counsel at a national firm, responsible for the China practice. I engaged ZSA before, in 2004, when I was placed at then Lang Michener. I reached out to ZSA as I thought ZSA had the resources and expertise I needed. I had a very good experience working with ZSA. First, they followed up with me after another ZSA consultant I had contacted before left. Second, they were very patient and tolerant of my delay in response or wavering through the course of over half a year. If they had not followed up with me again and again, I’d have given up pursuing further discussions with their recommended firm(s). Third, I was able to talk to ZSA frankly about my feelings, concerns and requirements. Finally, they were very helpful in the offer stage – trying to obtain the best offer for me, finalizing the offer details and getting the offer signed off on time. I was approached by a couple of other recruiters outside of Canada but they were not comparable to ZSA. One recruiter was upset when I decided not to pursue further discussion with a recommended firm. I cannot think of anything that would have improved my experience. I would definitely engage the services of ZSA again in the future.
I reached out to ZSA in search of a more stable opportunity, where I connected with Amrit who was fantastic in every way. She ended up pitching several opportunities to me, the last of which was the perfect match for what I was looking for. She kept me up to date throughout the entire process, and was always available for any questions. Amrit had good insight as to the details of the offer, and what the employer was really looking for, in addition to having some great interview tips. I have used other recruiters in the past, but would return to ZSA as they seem to focus just as much on the potential candidates as they do the employers.
I contacted ZSA after becoming aware of a rare position in Victoria BC. Working with ZSA was excellent! They were straightforward, pragmatic, honest, and timely. I have used another recruiter in the past, but found that ZSA seems to better understand lawyers and is able to match legal skills with client needs.
Amrit had good insight as to the details of the offer, and what the employer was really looking for, in addition to having some great interview tips. I have used other recruiters in the past, but would return to ZSA as they seem to focus just as much on the potential candidates as they do the employers.
Amrit was responsive and gave the impression that she was interested in our firm and our needs. She worked with us to find the people we need and was able to attract skilled people, notably a junior partner and a skilled associate. We have used other recruiters and ZSA has been more responsive and paid more attention to our specific firm culture and needs. We will definitely be using their services again.
Kent BurnhamNixon Wenger
We are pleased with ZSA’s success in placing qualified candidates within our company. Their ability to clearly understand our needs makes for a very efficient search process. In particular, I appreciate ZSA’s thorough analysis of each candidate prior to the interview stage. These analysis reports are always helpful and demonstrate ZSA’s solid understanding of our recruiting objectives and corporate goals. We have enjoyed a very successful history with ZSA and I happily recommend their services.
Sylvia Pagnotta-FeracoFormer Human Resources Department | Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
ZSA Recruitment has proven to be a valuable partner, time and again, assisting us with hiring numerous legal professionals including lawyers, legal assistants and IP professionals. I am very pleased with the personal service we have received from ZSA. Their national approach, coupled with their local knowledge, has helped us grow our fantastic in-house legal team. I highly recommend using ZSA.
Joel SchusterChief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President, and Corporate Secretary | Avigilon Corporation
ZSA is our preferred choice of legal recruiting partner. I have always found them enormously responsive, thorough and pragmatic. ZSA recruiters have a keen understanding of our business and are very diligent in their efforts to understand our hiring needs. This shows in the quality and suitability of the candidates that they present to us for consideration.