FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Many legal professionals have questions as they embark on a new job search. Enjoy great opportunities and benefits with our organization and learn more about Lumen and our services through our Frequently Asked Questions.
Your web browser may not allow you to scroll down (in the frame vs. the browser) to see the “submit” button. If possible, try logging in using a different browser. If this doesn’t work, send us your resume and we will consider you for current opportunities (include the job numbers you are interested in) or for future opportunities.
Lumen’s registration process starts at our website. Candidates can search all open jobs, create a candidate profile or simply submit a resume. Once your resume is submitted, it will be reviewed by our team of legal recruitment specialists. We encourage you to provide a cover letter explaining the type of work you’re looking for as well as your salary history. If we have an opportunity that fits your qualifications and goals, we will contact you as soon as possible. If there are no open positions, we will continue to hold your resume until new opportunities arise.
The Lumen registration process also includes a personal interview with one of our legal recruitment specialists, professional reference checks and a bar and grievance verification for all licensed attorneys.
Unfortunately, we do not find an appropriate job for every candidate who submits a resume. When a new opportunity arises, we contact candidates whose backgrounds are appropriate for the position. We review the educational background, experience, availability and salary requirements of our candidates and compare these factors with the particular opportunity. We use our professional experience and expertise to determine the best matches for our candidates and clients.
Document review is a task performed by attorneys and/or paralegals in anticipation of legal proceedings or during the discovery phase of litigation. Documents are reviewed either electronically or by hand (hard copy). During the review process, documents are reviewed to determine relevance and/or responsiveness based on the facts of the case and legal issues involved. Document review projects have various phases, including the initial review, quality control, privilege review and privilege log creation.
Based on Experience or Depends on Experience. This term typically refers to the compensation that is associated with the level of experience the candidate brings to the position.
In the legal industry, the term secondment is typically used when a law firm transfers one of its attorneys from normal firm duties, to an assignment for a corporate client. At Lumen, we provide a similar service to our law firm and corporate clients. Our secondees are high-level attorneys with specific practice area experience who are selected to work with our clients for specific projects.
Once you have submitted a resume to Lumen and created a candidate profile on our website, we will reach out to you as new opportunities that fit your experience become available. If you have not heard from Lumen, most likely we have not had an appropriate opportunity arise. However, we appreciate when our candidates proactively check in to update us with current resumes, contact information and availability.
If we have reached out to you with an opportunity, time is of the essence as many of our clients have immediate needs. Please follow up with us as soon as possible to ensure you have the opportunity to be considered for the position.
Yes, you are not required to take on every project or opportunity we present to you. We understand that we are one of many resources you utilize in your job search. We simply ask that you respond to our inquiry to advise us that you are not available or interested.
Lumen does not charge our candidates to register with us or to be considered for our opportunities.
Upon accepting a contract opportunity with Lumen, you become a Lumen employee. Lumen pays its employees biweekly and recommends utilizing direct deposit. In some specific cases, Lumen may enter into an independent contractor relationship.
Lumen does not distribute your resume to any of our clients without your permission. Every opportunity is unique and has to be a good fit for our candidates. We will always contact you about a new opportunity to determine if you are interested in it before sending your resume to our client. If you are not interested in an opportunity, it is not in anyone’s best interest for your resume to be submitted. Because of this policy, we ask that you respond to us as quickly as possible when we reach out to you about an opportunity.
If you register with multiple agencies, be sure to review individual firm policies regarding resume distribution and keep track of where your resume is sent.
Lumen projects may take place in our Document Review Center at our corporate headquarters in Royal Oak, Michigan, at other Lumen offices nationwide, and/or at our clients’ preferred locations.
Regardless of the location, you will work closely with the Lumen team and our client liaisons to ensure a successful project.
Headhunter and Recruiter/Staffing Consultant are terms that may be used interchangeably, but there is a distinct difference between the two. A headhunter is a person who generally works on what is called a contingency basis only. Most often, the headhunter works alone, and is not part of an agency. They maintain an active list of people skilled in certain professions. They may look for job opportunities for you even if you’re not actively seeking employment.
Recruiter/Staffing Consultants are engaged by companies to fill specific positions within their organization. A Recruiter/Staffing Consultant may be responsible for screening candidates, interviewing candidates and following up to assess candidate criteria to job order opportunities that become available every day. One big distinction between a Headhunter and a Staffing Firm is that a Staffing Firm is paid by the engaged company, not the job seeker. Staffing Consultants are a good resource even when a job is not available at that moment as new opportunities become available every day. This is why it is a best practice for candidates to keep current, up-to-date contact information and resumes on file so Recruiters/Staffing Consultants can search criteria to determine if they would be a good fit for future work.
No, Lumen does not preclude our candidates from registering with other staffing firms or from pursuing an individualized job search. Lumen recognizes that we are one resource for our candidates actively or passively seeking employment opportunities.
We do ask that if you commit to one of our contract opportunities or document review projects, you honor that commitment.
If Lumen contacts you about an opportunity that you have already heard about from another agency, please advise us. We do not want to duplicate your efforts or risk confusion to the client by having two firms represent you.