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Old 07-16-2008, 07:06 PM
 
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My wife and I are planning on moving to Charlotte at the end of August. I'm in accounting and have had a few interviews already but she's a paralegal with 5 years litigation experience and has yet to hear one peep on a paralegal job. She has been looking for almost 4 months so far and has met with Recruiters but yet to hear back on one opening. She even currently works at the 2nd largest law firm in the world. Is being a paralegal in Charlotte a lost cause? Does she need to consider a career change? If so, does anyone have any advise on what she can move into?

We should have read the several threads here talking about the difficulties in getting a paralegal job in Charlotte. A little time seems to have passed since the last thread discussing this so I wanted to know if things have changed.

Thanks all for your help and advise. The City-data forums have to be the greatest. I keep telling everyone about them.
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Old 07-16-2008, 09:28 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Has she only talked with recruiters, or has she looked at indeed.com? I see lots of ads for paralegals, litigation and other types.

She can use Martindale Hubbell and query on law firms in Charlotte, by size, etc. Then she can contact all the firms in town that meet her criteria.

Is she open to temporary work? Sometimes there are opportunities for a large matter that needs temps, and she could impress folks with her talents and make contacts.

The Charlotte market has gone through a phase over the past year where the large international firms have come in and either 1) gobbled up regional firms or 2) raided firms for entire practice groups. This is due to the Carolinas becoming such a vital banking and real estate region. So life as staff or paralegal at the larger firms has been unsettled here for awhile - and I think hiring has contracted a bit. I work for a firm which just combined with one of the largest global firms - K&L Gates. We are just now starting to sort through staffing.

It may be helpful, when you have your job secured, that she then has a local address, connection, and the folks who interview and hire know she's "for real".

BTW, out of curiosity, what firm does she work for?

Good luck to you both, it's not easy. We'll all be pulling for you!
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Old 07-17-2008, 05:47 AM
 
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Thanks for the advise. Shes only talked to recruiters thus far and she just discovered indeed.com a few weeks ago. We'll run queries on Martindale Hubbell. Even though we are in the process of building a house, a major concern for most that I interviewed with was how seriously I was considering moving to Charlotte. I explained my situation to them and then they understood but the hardest part was just getting them on the phone to explain.

We have been hoping that once we move down she will be able to get something because people will know shes for "real". Once we move she may feel more open to Temp work to try to get her foot in the door somewhere. By the way she works for DLA Piper.

Thanks for your advise. This helps us feel more hopeful and at ease.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:08 AM
 
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I agree with ABCornwell's advise.

Also, my firm has hired several people through temp-to-permanent positions.
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Old 07-17-2008, 07:14 AM
 
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I wish her luck. I'm actually a former NY attorney and have been looking for months for a para position. Not one bite. Even in my field.
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