Best practices for finding a mentor after a career change?
I recently left a big company where I had multiple mentors (but not a lot of satisfaction in the work) to move to a small firm. I also changed career paths from sales to project management, which has been my goal for the past few years. While I'm loving the new role, I'm the only PM in my firm and I'm not quite sure how to find a mentor outside of my company.
Do you have any advice on how to find a mentor outside your firm after a career shift? I'm open to all suggestions!
There are a few ways you could go about it. I'd probably start with digging in on LinkedIn and finding people with my dream job. Reach out to them and see if they'd be willing to connect. You could also find great folks at events in the PM space potentially. There's also always hiring a mentor or coach!
Thanks! I've been a little too nervous to reach out via LinkedIn to a stranger, but I think I will do just that! I've also signed up for a training event and I'm looking for conferences to help network!
I am trying to change career paths. I was laid off in Nov. 2016. I spoke with a master resume writer yesterday who recommended an entirely new resume, LinkedIn overhaul, valuation letter and summary/biography all for close to $3000. I also received a call for an interview for a part-time job, $10/hour, no benefits. Needless to say I burst into tears by the end of the day. I had high hope when I obtained my law degree (especially after working full-time & attending night classes). I've tried contacting the law school and my undergrad career centers but have received only nominal assistance. They both wished me luck, gave me login's to their job portals and had nothing more to suggest. Someone mentioned networking & I agree that is an option but here in Michigan is comes with a fee to attend events, seminars or join associations. I understand we are all trying to make money but I graduated from law school during the recession and have 6 figures in student loans. I also am running out of unemployment. The master resume writer explained only 15% of people get hired from online applications. Is that true? If so then why are we even bothering with an online system at all? She suggested I find the hiring manager & connect with that person. The hiring manager is sometimes 2 people deep in the company so how do I find the person who told HR that they need a person for X job? I've reached out to people on LinkedIn and have not gotten much response or advice. Are there any mentors or HR people that can suggest anything that is free? My mom thinks I should go back to school but with a BA and JD that I am still paying for adding to the debt with no promises that another degree will land me a job doesn't seem wise. I am frustrated, disheartened and angry that the process of finding a job has become so convoluted but understand why it has. I've read so many articles on LinkedIn that they conflict with one another...you need a cover letter, no you need a pain letter, don't bother you don't need these because HR won't read it. Your resume needs skills, don't list your skills, list dates, don't list dates, take off references. Which article do I believe? Adding insult to injury the unemployment agency here requires your resume to be uploaded to the talent network. Do you know what companies contacted me expressing interest in my skill-set? Tru-Green lawn care as a fertilizer sprayer and a local manufacture as a line-worker. Is that all I am capable of and are they even reading my resume? If there is anyone out there who can help please respond and as 1 talk-show host says everyday at the end of her show remember to "be king to one another".
I am feeling very frustrated & disheartened & hoping someone can offer some advice. I have been laid off since November (still). I had a free consultation call with a master resume writer who said I need to overhaul my LinkedIn profile, my resume, do a biography to summarize my education/work so I can switch industries. She also recommended a valuation letter all for close to $3000. She explained that only 15% of people applying online ever land the job which is a dismal reality I seem to be a part of. Apparently, I need to find the hiring manager for any posted job I am interested in & connect with that person. Ok great--but sometimes that person is 2 levels deep in a company so how do I go about that? Rarely is the hiring manager the person posting the job or receiving the resume. My unemployment is running out, I am still paying law school loans & cannot justify paying close to $3000 at this time for a resume/brand overhaul that may or may not work. I was contacted for a part-time job as a travel clerk for $10/hour with no benefits. Is this where we are now in the employment arena? If so why would anyone who sees my struggles want to get a college education? My mom is suggesting I return to school but since I've reached 6 figures in student loans for my law degree I don't see any value to adding another degree. I know networking is the best route but here in Michigan networking consists of paying to attend an association's seminar, workshop, etc... I know there is going to be some who think that the investment in the resume/brand, seminars, events, etc... will pay off but there are some, like me, who are still struggling to get on their feet from the recession fall-out. Are there any suggestions or mentors who can suggest a website or group where mentors are able to help for free? Like a certain talk-show host says at the end of her show...."Be kind to one another".
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