Pretzel_Logic wrote: BarbellDreams wrote:
MSPeast wrote:So I think I'll look for contract gigs for short-term money while I look for something more permanent (legal or otherwise). Is there a credited path to landing something like a doc review gig? It seems there are a variety of different temp firms out there with varying reputations. Are agencies the main way people do this? Or are temp agencies SPS? If temp agencies are how this usually happens, are some better than others? Any tips?
Between scouting craigslist and sending in your resume to the local agencies you should be able to land something fairly quickly assuming you're in a decent sized market. Just find out which agencies are in your area and submit your resume. Most large cities have at least 6-7 agencies servicing the area at a time. Sign up for Posse List as well, the will email you doc review gigs fairly regularly.
I'm probably going to have to do this. My temp gig was pretty awesome but it was of course temp, so. Is there a general ball park for how long doc review gigs last? Or is it completely variant? I know virtually nothing about it other than it pays money and it's scutwork.
All doc review gigs will give you an approx. duration time (Usually anywhere from 3 weeks to 9 months, though I would say the average gig is about 1-2 months). In the event you got a full time job and wanted to leave doc review early you can do so, but your name will in all likelyhood be blacklisted with the agency for future gigs (though you theoretically wouldn't care given your new fulltime employment). I did a day of doc review at a firm I worked for in LS once cause they needed an extra hand and it was painfully boring. Also, depending on the agency, working conditions are sometimes very difficult (no phone usage, no internet, sign out for bathroom breaks, etc.). With all that said, its a steady paycheck (around $27-32/hr. for big markets and lower depending on market. If you have a specific market in mind I can likely tell you what the rate will be within a $2-3 range/hr. For example, West Virginia doc review pays $17-20/hr while Philadelphia doc review pays $27-30 so market size greatly matters). Foreign language doc review sometimes pays as high as triple those rates per hour depending on which language you are fluent in. Top in demand languages are Japanese, Mandarin and Portugese. Those languages pay around $60/hr. with $90/hr. for overtime and usually have long (6+ months). If I knew any of hose language The other "benefit", if you wanna call it that, is that there is zero pressure. You literally cannot mess up anything.