Gearing Up for the Job Search

Guest Post provided by The Paralegal Voice and Legal Talk Network. Written by Amy Thomson.

Career Transformation Coach Lori Howard was invited to guest on the Paralegal Voice. Host, Vicki Voisin, brings on leading, industry professionals to bring her listeners paralegal career success. Paralegal Voice is a monthly, Legal Talk Network program curated for legal assistants and legal professionals of all levels, covering a wide range of topics. This episode is catered not only for paralegals’ success but for anyone looking to tackle the job search, resume writing, and interview process.

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Lori Howard worked in a myriad of different, corporate fields before she experienced “severe career burnout.” She left corporate America to figure out what it is she really loves to do and how to get paid doing that. Now, she’s on a mission to help people be happy at work.

“I hear, almost everyday,” Voisin said, “from paralegals who are looking for a new job . . . and they usually want fast results, and that’s not happening. What would you say to them?” In short, as of September 2013, the average time it takes to find a new job – when you’re doing everything in the process correctly – is nine months. So, it’s necessary to prepare for the long haul, or job seekers are going to lose patience too soon.

“Today I’d like to focus on the resume,” Voisin responded. With so many facets to the job search, a resume is one of the first indicators of whether the applicant will make it to the interview. “The resume is a marketing tool,” Howard explained, “Your resume represents you when you’re not there.” The key objective is for a resume to stand out and get the applicant into the conversation, by either an interview or a call back. Pay attention to what story your resume tells about you.

You need your resume to communicate that you are capable and ready to do the job you applied for. “One of the biggest mistakes I see,” Howard explained, “ is you need to target your resume for the job you’re after.”

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Client Stories

Lori took my old, tired, out of date resume and transformed it into a resume which got results.  In transitioning from owning a business back to the corporate world, Lori asked the tough questions to dig out all the relevant skills and accomplishments which would catch the eye of a potential employer.   One of the first employers to receive my new resume and customized cover letter (created by Lori) called me for a phone interview, followed by a face to face meeting, and finally offered me a job twenty-four hours after the interview.  I'm convinced I would not have even been able to get my foot in the door without my new resume created by Lori.  As I told my wife, retrospectively, spending the money to work with Lori was well worth it.

Howard Kier, Evanston, IL