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Old 07-09-2007, 01:09 PM
 
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I am moving to Atlanta in a few weeks with my husband I am having a difficult time trying to find a job as a Paralegal. I am certified and have two years experience, but it doesn't seem to matter. I have posted for over 50 jobs and interviewed with a staffing firm, but still nothing. I find a lot of job postings on craigslist, monster, ajc, careerbuilder, indeed but they don't usually tell you who you are applying with so you can't follow up with the company. How do you get your foot in the door? I am sure these law firms get 100s of resumes. How do you make yours stand out? I don't have any contacts to use. This is a very frusturating process.
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Old 04-08-2008, 09:10 AM
 
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I wish you good luck with the person who contacted you regarding looking for an experienced paralegal in personal injury.

Jobs in Atlanta, whether as a paralegal or a legal secretary, are hard to come by. Most of these recruiting agencies contact you so that you can sign up with them, but they do not have any jobs. Some of the jobs you apply to through their websites are non-existent. A lot of lawfirms in Atlanta are downsizing and outsourcing.

Again, good luck in Atlanta. (You're going to need it.)
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Old 04-08-2008, 06:09 PM
 
Location: LA/ventura
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You know...my husband's job has relocated us numerous times over the yrs. When I was still working...before online job services became popular...I would look at the paper...but mostly I would go by places...I worked a number of different jobs from teaching preschool, retail and drs offices. You are already know what you would be doing, so I say...get a phone book and hit law offices around the area that you would be living when you get there...look sharp, professional, have resume in hand, and let your warm personality get you into the door. And if they dont have a position open...ask them about other law offices they may know who may need a paralegal. And network...as you meet new neighbors, as your husband starts his new job, if you go to church, any avenue where you meet new people let them know you are looking. If they have a newcomers group where you are...hit there and ask...you never know. And if the first time doesnt yield anything, be persistant and check back every month, if you dont find something by then. I still think people value getting a job the old fashion way...by meeting people who know people.

Hey, what about where you are coming from? Does your previous employer know any law firms in atlanta that they can put in a good word for you???

Maybe there might be temp agencies that cater to law offices...that could get your foot into the door too. Just think outside the box and be resourceful.
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Old 08-21-2008, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Atl
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My girlfriend is also having a hard time getting a paralegal job. She has a "Bachelors Degree in Advanced Paralegal Studies in Personal Injury" and "BA English with a concentration in Creative Writing" as well as a "BA History with a concentration in American History" She has been trying for months to try to get a job in Atlanta. But no success, not even interviews. Thought she has an amazing happy positive personality and a record of longetivty in any job she has had. Any help would be appreciated. As well as any feedback or opinions, or direction.
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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Does she have experience in a particular type of law? If so, I'd suggest doing some research to find firms that specialize in it, and target those. The Business Chronicle has an annual 'book of lists' that ranks the largest firms, and lists their practice areas. The Fulton County Daily Report used to do an annual survey that might be helpful. I usually had good luck using legal placement firms, for both temp and permanent work (although that was several years ago).

Also, a lot of larger firms now are advertising their open positions directly on their own websites. And now that the summer's over and the summer law clerks have gone back to school, there may be some paralegal jobs available. Good luck!!
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