Thursday, May 6, 2010

Advice? How does one get document review gigs?

I'm trying to join your ranks. Not because I'm hoping for matching decoder rings and to be invited to your weddings, but because I discovered places in my hometown that have document review gigs.

I interviewed with a staffing agency a month ago. I sent another email to follow up, but I haven't heard anything else even though I saw stuff posted on Craigslist from them.

Is there a particular way to handle these agencies so that I get jobs? Do I have to call them on a regular basis? I'm trying not to annoy them or anything.


  1. I lucked out a while ago. Back in 05, I interviewed and filled out an application at a staffing agency only to be told there were no positions available. Then a week later, I was called to a doc review gig that would last two years.

  2. Be lucky...I think they have so many experienced doc reviewers now that they don't care about taking anyone else on. They probably pull names out of a hat after they exhaust the "regulars."

    I've been looking for doc review for about a year and a half and haven't landed a thing.

  3. Check India. I hear there are lots of doc review gigs there.

  4. I did a series of doc review projects in my town for a couple of different agencies. I registered with three or four, and two regularly got me jobs. I will say that if you get in the "doc review door," at least from my experience, if the person in charge at the firm hiring contractors notices you work hard and don't surprise them with time-off requests after they've committed to you, they will generally start asking for you for future projects.

  5. Ok. What I was wanting to know if it was like a lot of non-legal temp agencies that people told me about where you needed to show up and call them regularly to see if they had anything because they would otherwise forget about you.

  6. Here's how mine went, but maybe it's not typical:

    I called four agencies in my city, and left a message with all four. Three called me back the same day, one a few days later. I filled out paperwork at all four within a week after getting the calls. At the time, I was in-house at a small real-estate development company, and, since lending for any kind of development was way down, the owner of the company gave me a good three-four months warning that he may not be able to keep me on the payroll. I told all four agencies this, and they all instructed me to give them notice when I was available (which I did). Two of the agencies actively called me projects lasting anywhere from three days to four months at a time, and, since they actually started calling me, I ignored the other two agencies that never did. One of the longer gigs eventually led to a full-time offer, which I accepted.