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

What did you need at the time you hired Lori?


I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?


Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?


Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?


Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.

LORI ROCKS!!!!!!

Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA