Don't let it get you down... I've heard similar stories in other industries, too. I think it's more a factor of there being so many responses to every job opening and the time it'd take to respond to every one of them than anything else.
That said, I'm not in Atlanta or any other southern region, but I can't imagine that it's much worse than Metro Detroit.
I am in Atlanta, and new to this board. It was amazingly disconcerting to read about the status of LAs all over the country from this site. I thought it was mostly just here. I have been in this business for over 30 yrs, starting in the recession of the earlly 80's and none of the old established professionals I know are doing well at all. The only work I see is what you can make for yourself. Would be happy to talk to you thru the message board if you like. At best, I would say being able to move away from here for a real job somewhere is the best bet at this time.
I've noticed lots of activities lately in the ASLA job listing board compared to last year. Isn't anyone applying for these positions and if so are they getting "thank you for your resume" letters? Just curious.
Atlanta is one of those...they built too many homes and subdivisions too fast...kind of place! You'll find something soon, maybe next week!
Thanks for the encouragement....it actually does help.
I wish I could move, family keeps me here...otherwise I'd be in Chicago!...love that city! I really like Detroit too...get some punchkees (sp) in Hamtramck!
I'm not actively looking myself, but surf around just out of interest in the profession and thought about a month ago I saw opening in the Atlanta area. It seems to be removed in ad form, but the main site of firm still has this page: http://www.plantersgarden.com/careers.html
The general situation of the profession doesn't seem to be that regionally varied, however, as it's not the kind of recession that hit one base like oil or tourism, but rather the whole financial industry.