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I got caught up in Trump's hiring freeze, so I am in a holdi kramer71602/06/17
If you don't mind 1099 pay, I've seen a fair amount of offer joecoder02/06/17
are you sure you will get hired when the freeze ends? If so dingbat02/06/17
Not sure I will get hired when they lift the hiring freeze. kramer71602/06/17
Assume the worst, which is to say that you didn't get the fe booyeah02/06/17
I need the money. I tried avoiding it and looking for a full kramer71602/06/17
Richmond and Charlotte are probably best value since cost of triplesix02/06/17
Thank you very much. I will target Charlotte and Richmond. I kramer71602/06/17
Subscribe to the Posse List and get on their list. They send thepoporcoming02/06/17
In CLT the two shops are hirecounsel and tower. they are alw triplesix02/06/17
Thank you very much. It is appreciated. kramer71602/06/17
Bro: if you are admitted in NY, you may want to look into tr wolfman02/06/17
Here's one of the higher-paying Epiq projects (note NY Bar o wolfman02/06/17
Look at those hours, you can be rich! triplesix02/06/17
Haha. Working 60/80 hrs/week at Epiq is pretty much my worki wolfman02/06/17
Sign up for the Posse List and you can get projects emailed zodd02/06/17
kramer716 (Feb 6, 2017 - 9:57 am)

I got caught up in Trump's hiring freeze, so I am in a holding pattern for a few months while that crap gets sorted out. I currently live in a cow county in Upstate NY, so not too many options for doc review. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what is a decent agency to use to find longer term projects, two to three months at least?

At this point I am in the "have a law license, will travel" stage of my law career so will consider any geographic location. Any help or suggestions that you guys can suggest will be greatly appreciated.

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joecoder (Feb 6, 2017 - 5:18 pm)

If you don't mind 1099 pay, I've seen a fair amount of offers for remote work.

Not sure of how long term the jobs were.

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dingbat (Feb 6, 2017 - 10:01 am)

are you sure you will get hired when the freeze ends?
If so, screw legal work, go work/travel. pick a random state and get a job there for a bit. Or, if that's not feasible, get whatever temp work pays the most, do it for a few weeks, then take an awesome vacation.
Alternatively, do some really odd job, like making ice cream or working in a chobani factory, or something like that. something you'd never in a million years do otherwise, just for the experience.

If you're confident a job is waiting for you, make the most of your time and get an awesome experience. the real world will be there when you get back

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kramer716 (Feb 6, 2017 - 10:23 am)

Not sure I will get hired when they lift the hiring freeze. What happened was I went for an interview on December 14th, and they seemed to be doing job offers based on the interview date. They got up to December 12th and then stopped, so am hoping since they have a backlog of tens of thousands of appeals that they will pick up where they left off, but I know that is not a guarantee.

Anyway, the bottom line is I am looking for a document review position just to bide the time. If the Fed job falls through then, I will go for Plan B.

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booyeah (Feb 6, 2017 - 11:53 am)

Assume the worst, which is to say that you didn't get the fed job, and conduct your job search accordingly. Don't take doc review unless you need the money. Better to leave a real job and transfer to the government than to be stuck in doc review trying to get out.

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kramer716 (Feb 6, 2017 - 1:13 pm)

I need the money. I tried avoiding it and looking for a full-time job, but not that much demand for a child support attorney in the vast state of Pennsylvania, so shifted the search to a federal job and that was going well until the damn hiring freeze.

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triplesix (Feb 6, 2017 - 10:04 am)

Richmond and Charlotte are probably best value since cost of living is somewhat reasonable. Get on Craiglist of target location. Get a fake address on that resume from that location and do some research on cheap accommodations. Also sign up for posseylist. Good luck.

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kramer716 (Feb 6, 2017 - 10:25 am)

Thank you very much. I will target Charlotte and Richmond. I did sign up with Posse List last week, but figure I would prefer to hear your opinions to better target the search.

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thepoporcoming (Feb 6, 2017 - 10:10 am)

Subscribe to the Posse List and get on their list. They send out new e-discovery jobs etc.
As triplesix said, going on craigslist is usually the way to go as well.

http://www.theposselist.com/how-to-subscribe-to-our-job-lists/

Here are some sample companies.

Lawyer's Staffing, Inc.
Special Counsel Inc
TransPerfect Staffing Solutions
Compliance Discovery Solutions, a System One Division

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triplesix (Feb 6, 2017 - 10:17 am)

In CLT the two shops are hirecounsel and tower. they are always looking for monkeys.

I think Richmond housing is a bit cheaper and they have more 27/hour projects than CLT but I think CLT has more work, easier to get in.

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kramer716 (Feb 6, 2017 - 10:37 am)

Thank you very much. It is appreciated.

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wolfman (Feb 6, 2017 - 11:13 am)

Bro: if you are admitted in NY, you may want to look into trying to get work in NYC. Having the NY bar will allow you to be considered for (slightly) better-paying projects. If you speak a foreign language, that could also help a lot. How far away is cow country? Do you have relatives/friends you could stay with cheaply downstate? IN NYC, housing is going to be the big issue, but if you can do that cheaply, there is lots of work, although it's far from steady.

Not having the NY bar will cut the number of projects, especially higher-paying ones, that you are eligible for. People with out-of-state licences still get work, there is just less of it, and sometimes the projects pay less as well.

The big agencies in NYC that I'm familiar with:

-Epiq (awful sweatshop, but they have lots of projects, some can pay OK, often treat you horribly, but not always)
-Tower (haven't worked with them, but they are big)
-Hire Counsel (bottom-of-the-barrel in every way; they are not bad people, but really have rock-bottom conditions and pay)
-Synergy (it's really just one guy, used to recruit people for Huron Consulting, now that they sold their doc review business to Consillio (sp), he recruits for Consilio). Generally, but not always, he/they treat people OK. Good working conditions.
-Strategic (I haven't worked with them, but they do have projects).
-Also Deloitte (I think) has some projects in Jersey City, and some other outfits farm out work to NJ. Rock-bottom conditions/rates, based on what I hear, but I have not experienced it personally.

Everything is on Posse List, also sometimes NYC Craigslist. If you work for some agencies, they will notify you of projects directly.

Like I said, the big question in NYC is whether you can afford housing. If you do end up working there, pro-tip: put your upstate address on everything, you don't want to be paying NYC city taxes. Also, claim every exemption you can reasonably think about... you taxes will be terrible.

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wolfman (Feb 6, 2017 - 11:48 am)

Here's one of the higher-paying Epiq projects (note NY Bar only): https://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/lgl/5991655850.html

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triplesix (Feb 6, 2017 - 11:52 am)

Look at those hours, you can be rich!

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wolfman (Feb 6, 2017 - 12:08 pm)

Haha. Working 60/80 hrs/week at Epiq is pretty much my working definition of hell, but the money can be nice.

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zodd (Feb 6, 2017 - 11:59 am)

Sign up for the Posse List and you can get projects emailed to you. New York City has had loads of projects these past few weeks.

One other thing to think about. Beacon Hill is an agency that offers health coverage for about $17 a week out of your paycheck.Takes 90 days to become eligible.

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