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.

Listen here: How to Unearth Your Worth: Chat with a Career Transformation Coach

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

I hired Lori because I was feeling stuck in my job and needed to find a career that was more rewarding, more challenging, and more suited to me.  In the arts, it's difficult to find a job you enjoy that also pays enough to live on, but Lori helped me do just that! 

As we worked together, Lori always helped give me that extra nudge when I was having trouble taking the next step toward success and acknowledged and applauded me when I accomplished something that I'd been struggling with. 

Thanks to Lori, I got out of my 8-year rut at the same job and discovered a new career I love that brings me all of the things I want in a job--creativity, variety, challenge, learning, flexibility, teamwork, and cake.  With no professional experience but a desire to learn, Lori helped me find ways to become a cake decorator--first on my own and then, eventually, at a reputable cake shop.  Now, something I used to do just for fun has become something I make my living doing, and each workday flies by!

Emily Sweeney, Chicago, IL