Freelance Court Reporter Opportunity in Charleston, SC

Ron McNutt International, Inc. | 222 W. Coleman Blvd. | Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel: 843-628-3974 | Fax: 866-787-6812

ron@ronmcnutt.com

Are you an excellent Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) with a desire to live on the Atlantic coast? Then come join us in beautiful Charleston, SC. http://www.charlestoncvb.com/visitors/

Our client is seeking a well-organized, team player to join their dynamic growing company as a full-time Freelance Court Reporter. With 98% deposition work in complex, multi-party litigation, the firm boasts a supportive office staff and state of the art technology and software. As a result, you’ll experience an efficient turn-in process that allows you to work more often and to gain greater familiarity with loyal clients through repeat reporting opportunities.

 

The Freelance Court Reporter position offers the following compensation package:

  • Page rate for originals and copies will be negotiable based on experience.
  • Paid every two weeks by direct deposit on all paid invoices.
  • Six-figure earning potential with 500+ pages per week on average.
  • No expenses are passed to reporter beyond the percentage split. Printing, binding, postage, handling, invoicing and collections, as well as marketing and business development are all handled by the firm.
  • Flexible scheduling.
  • Electronic turn-in with minimal office time.

Please send us your cover letter and resume/CV to learn more about this incredible opportunity!

 

The following attributes describe our successful candidate:

  • Must be a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR)
  • (4+) years of reporting experience, preferably in complex medical and construction litigation
  • Must be real-time capable, preferably certified
  • Must understand and utilize the most up-to-date court reporting technology, preferably Case Catalyst (ver. 10)
  • Must be detail-oriented and be able to effectively multi-task
  • Must have a high degree of personal accountability, be well-organized and be able to work independently
  • Must be confident, enthusiastic and people oriented

Please send us your cover letter and resume/CV to learn more about this incredible opportunity!

Company Description

Our client has been a court reporting presence in the Charleston legal community for more than 20 years. With 2 office locations and 10-15 employees, this reporter-owned firm is stable and poised for additional growth.

With a focus on complex, multi-party litigation, the firm not only offers certified, real-time reporting, but also in-house videography and video conferencing. They enjoy a significant market share in their domain and are growing into new areas of service.

Please send us your cover letter and resume/CV to learn more about this incredible opportunity!

Ron McNutt International, Inc. | 222 W. Coleman Blvd. | Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Tel: 843-628-3974 | Fax: 866-787-6812

ron@ronmcnutt.com

 

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For anyone getting involved in obtaining a position through a recruiter, there is a fee involved.  And it ain't cheap.

Once you have started paperwork with a recruiter, you have lost all ability (legal rights) to obtain a position with an agency on your own.

Several things about this posting are kind of interesting to me.

Why is the page rate and copies negotiable on experience?  If you have less experience, but take that patent lit case, are you going to be paid less?  I don't think that's fair.  I think this should be page rate based on difficulty of job.  I mean, if you are an RPR, then I'm assuming you're pretty good; right?

Paid every two weeks on all paid invoices.  Does this mean that if the client doesn't pay the invoices, you do not get paid?

Prefer Case Cat?  Why?  Case Cat is great.  But so are the other software companies.

Why does this agency need to go to an executive recruiting firm to find reporters?  Interesting. RMI

I'm not saying it's legit, but it's just very interesting. 

Folks, this is a recruiter.  I use them to help me find good legal positions, to negotiate a wage.  After I completed my teaching certification a recruiter contacted me to help me find employment (in any state, although I am only certified in Florida).  The catch:  The recruiter was going to get 1/3 (yes, 1/3) of any earnings I made.

 

You need to be real careful about getting into this situation.  You could sign away your rights to find a court reporting position anywhere in South Carolina - or anywhere (which really could be an illegal and invalid contract).  The smart thing to do, is you are an RPR, call an agency yourself, set up your own interview.  All this guy wants is money from you.

  • Must be detail-oriented and be able to effectively multi-task
  • Must have a high degree of personal accountability, be well-organized and be able to work independently
  • Must be confident, enthusiastic and people oriented

I know I tend to go overboard on my opinions (and I get rift for them) - but sometimes I just can't keep my mouth shut.  This is one of them.

 

The above language is standard boilerplate language in any recruiter crap.  This guy must have met an agency owner, started his "I can do this for you crap, I will do the interviewing, and it won't cost you a thing."  And the agency said, "Cool."

Most likely, Ron doesn't have a client.  He is looking for fresh meat, which he can then dangle in front of agencies.

However, the one to pay his fee will be the RPR using his services.  (I'll shut up now.  Sorry).

Mary Jo, your comments are very interesting, insightful, and educational.  Please keep sharing!

Marge

In my opinion, recruiters, a/k/a headhunters, for court reporters are absolutely unnecessary.

If a reporter is trying to relocate, use the NCRA Sourcebook to find agencies in the area.  Contact them yourself.

Why would an agency or a reporter use a headhunter to find a reporter or find an agency?

Where's the money coming from to pay the headhunter?

You have GOT to be kidding me!

Shall the working reporters now add Headhunters to the pie which presently includes:  Salesmen, Overbloated Family Member Staff, etc., that is taking the money rightfully belonging to the reporter?

I couldn't agree more. I find this entire post unnecessary and very awkward. Fortunately, we have built a  strong reputation with court reporters in our region, so people want to work for us. 

Thanks for all of the passionate responses to this great opportunity.  Disappointing to hear about all of the NEGATIVE experiences others have had with recruiters. 

Let me assure you, this is a POSITION WAITING TO BE FILLED and ALL FEES have ALREADY been paid for by the client.  There is no charge to the candidate/reporter and your are not eliminating your RIGHT to work ANYWHERE by speaking with us.  Why is our client using a recruiter versus completing all of the hiring process themselves?  Because, they choose to focus on their core competency, delivering excellent deposition services.   

If you are open to relocating to an awesome city on the Atlantic Ocean, where commutes are minimal and beauty is boundless, then please send your resume/cv directly to me at ron@ronmcnutt.com or call me at 843.628.3953. 

Thanks and Continuing Success...Ron

Ron, I started this mess.  I am sorry to disagree.  But you just don't make any logic.  Court reporting is highly specialized and people on the outside have limited knowledge of a reporter's value.  How could you possibly have more of an ability than an agency owner to hire a reporter? You wouldn't even have the knowledge to conduct an interview.

 

All an agency has to do is place an ad in the NCA classifieds, with experience required, such as RPR, with medical background, X number of years experience.  NO AGENCY OWNER would hire a reporter without interviewing and checking the reporter's background.  Takes only ten minutes. The agency could also "scout" through his other reporters to get another reporter.  The Convention is in August - perfect opportunity to scout for a reporter there too.

 

Sorry, but I don't think any agency hired you, and would pay you a fee so they could choose to work on their core competency, delivering excellent deposition services.

The problem is that freelance agencies are in such competition with each other that they are charging the law firms less and less for court-reporting services.  It appears agencies need to make a profit, at the expense of the working reporter who cannot afford health care, but the agency makes the profit.

With such bloated agency staffs, agency expenses, and lower income, where is the $ coming from to pay a recruiter/headhunter?

It comes from reduced page rates paid to the reporter.  No matter what is said, that is the end result.

There are several venues where an agency can advertise for a reporter.  NCRA has the Job Classifieds in the JCR, on their forum, and on many professional court-reporting forums, as well.

While headhunters/recruiters perform a service for most other professionals, court-reporting is one where an extra person involved in the process is NOT at all needed.

Nothing personal directed to you, Ron.  Just the nature of the court-reporting profession.

Best wishes.

Your explanation sounds perfectly logical to me, Ron.  If I was so busy that I needed to hire someone, I might do the same thing and focus on my business.  It actually sounds like a great opportunity to me.  I don't understand why everyone is so charged up about it.  If you're not interested, don't pursue it.  Me?  I looked on realtor.com to check out the area.

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