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Old 01-25-2007, 11:26 AM
 
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I will be moving to Atlanta in March. Has anyone recently moved to ATL, how long did it take to find employment there? I have a Bachelor's degree in Business. Has anyone tried any of the temp agencies there or what would be your suggestions on finding a job? I would love to have a job before I leave but most only consider current residents for positions.
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Old 01-25-2007, 04:41 PM
 
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honestly, if you have a bachelor's in business, you shouldn't have too much trouble finding something. ATL has a very good job market.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:56 AM
 
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Well to be honest the job market is very good in the Alpharetta area currently. Look at Cingular as they have positions open in Accounting if that's what you are looking at getting into. There are quite a few decent sized corporations in the Alpharetta area, but it all depends on where you want to live as to what you should be looking into. Tons of jobs in downtown ATL, but also tons of jobs all over the ATL area. So you have to first choose where you would like to live then look for a job based on that as to cut on commute times and so forth.
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:17 AM
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Is there any kind of job report available for the "best" comapnies to work for in Atlanta? They've been doing a whole series of those kinds of reports in Fortune and CNN Money magazine based on all kinds of factors - work/life balance, salary, employee retention programs etc.
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:26 AM
 
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Well I am not 100% certain on that, but I will say that the AJC comes out every year with the 100 best companies to work for in the ATL. But, that is not so accurate as my wife worked for a company called Witness Systems and they were supposed to have been the 2nd best company at the time, and they were about the WORST company that she has ever been at. Worked her to death, paid her okay and expected her to work weekends, nights, holidays and she is an accountant. So not sure those reports would be very accurate at all. She is now with Cingular/ATT&T and absolutly loves it!!!! Best company she has ever worked for!!!
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:39 AM
 
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Employment in AJC>>>
http://jobsearch.ajcjobs.com/ (broken link)

They provide a lot of FYI.
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Old 01-26-2007, 08:56 AM
 
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I had an appointment on Pill Hill early this morning and noticed a sign across from the Marta station on Peachtree-Dunwoody announcing a Job Fair/Career Open House for Northside Hospital on Monday February 5th - all positions including administrative.
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:01 AM
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Interesting -- following that link there is an article about a woman new to Atlanta with an MBA and how she used Robert Half (temp to perm agency) to get a job since traditional networking wouldn't work since she didn't know the area.

I secured my current postion with Robert Half here in Albuquerque and I may use them in Atlanta. (Although I have contacts in Atlanta and I'm networking also.)

So my next question would be, who are the best recruiting agencies in Atlanta? I've been researching and there are a ton of them agencies but I haven't found anything that tells me which are the top ones or the ones with the best conversation rate etc.

My experience with recruiters is that it is better to go with one or two agencies and not spread yourself all over town. Seems to be the more acceptable etiquette for some reason, especially for more senior people. Would some of you say that is the same in Atlanta?
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:14 AM
 
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So my next question would be, who are the best recruiting agencies in Atlanta?
You've kind of hijacked the post there moderator, but I do have some comments that relate to both the original and your questions. I've dealt with headhunters in the Atlanta area, once with success, many times it was a waste of time. One rule of course is to not work with any that want you to pay in advance, or at all for that matter, for recruiting fees. The employer should pay that. Another one, and I've had this problem, are some recruiters are temp agencies in disguise. That's fine if you want a temp job but if you are looking for a full time career be careful they may steer you to fill some of there temp vacancies.

Be careful even working with two agencies as well or you may find yourself applying for the same job twice. Also be careful about agency "tricks" of find out who you have been interviewing for or sending resumes to. They are trying to make their own contacts and may very well steal a position that you have been under consideration for. Some agencies are just sloppy, I've had one that gave me a wrong location for an interview at one time. Needless to say after finding where the right location was and coming an hour late to an interview blew any consideration for that job.

The big names that you recognize are the best bets - Robert Half, etc. Those are the ones that the Fortune 500 sign up with. One good thing about employment agencies is they will negotiate your salary since it is in there best interest (they get a higher placement bonus) for your salary to be as large as possible.

Also, D.S. Diva - if you have some skills that are particularly in demand and a company really wants you then it may be in your interests to negotiate a job before you relocate, then you can negotiate relocation benefits into your hiring package. Many companies pay for relocation.

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Old 01-26-2007, 10:25 AM
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No hijacking intended. Recruiters and agencies in Atlanta are directly related to jobs in Atlanta. The original poster asked about temp agencies also. Many agencies are both temp and temp to perm.

As to your advice -- totally agree with you. Any agency that tries to charge the person is a scam -- that went out 20 years ago. I've dealth with plenty of agencies so I know the ins and outs there, just wondering if there were some in Atlanta that are recommended by others that have used them.

If so, that is useful information for job seekers in the Atlanta area.
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