I am trying to change career paths. I was laid
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".
just accidentally came across this post. and felt like writing out to you. :)
regarding networking, there are ways to do it without any cost.
List out all the people you know. List out prominent people (that are ready to help others) they in turn know.
start touch basing with them slowly and steadily (over mails / whatssup/chat/linkedin/facebook etc).. initially to start with, as catching up with friends after a long time. do not discuss about your need in the initial touch up. though, if they ask you.. you may tell them you have been doing some freelancing and in parallel looking out for a firmer ground.
after 2-3 conversations, get to know about their work.. and their contacts that can help you with your skills... hint to them that you are interested in working in those lines... and follow up with the relevant contacts. this much networking is really more than enough to land you with an opportunity.
however, you can first nail down what are the roles you are willing to take up and only talk about those lines of interest with your networks.
i am sure, your list will have 5-6 very positive contacts to start with and once you get a positive reply, your confidence level will be boosted as well.
hope this helps :) wishing you all the very best.
Hi there, sorry to hear about your experience and your frustrations.
You mention that you are looking to change careers and that you have a law degree however don't mention what you do want to do. Depending on what you are wanting to do and with whom will have an impact on your approach.
I'm a HR professional who is also a career coach, very happy to have a (free no-obligation!) discussion with you for 30 min to see if that gives you any clarity. My mail is Karen@promoverecoaching.com
The previous post is a hard act to follow, but here goes: Within a week or two, I will be laid off from the ad agency where I work. Unfortunately, this is a hazard of working at an agency. If the agency loses a major client (or, as in our case, two), staff are let go. For me, this is deja vu; at my last job, also at an agency, we lost a major client and 11 staffers were laid off (including me). The advertising industry skews quite young. I laugh when I see a job posting for a "senior" copywriter requiring only three years of experience (I have more than 20). While I am seeking a permanent, full-time position either remotely or in the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey region, I am considering going freelance. I have had a freelance business on the side for decades, but never made the leap. So, if anyone has advice on making a living as a freelancer, let me know. Or, if you have any ideas on how to "spin" my experience in a positive way, please share. (And if you want to send a job offer my way, that's OK, too!)
I was laid off in November of last year from a very overbearing tyrant boss. The main issue for me was being asked to go against the company policies as well as what is legally proper (I am a real estate attorney). I do not want to return to the industry I was in but cannot seem to find any company that is willing to give me a chance. I have applied for positions that only require a high school diploma just to get my foot in the door but to date no one in HR seems to appreciate that to give me a phone call to discuss my credentials or why I am applying. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am willing to move too. Right now I am disheartened that my law degree counts for nothing and that I cannot even get a human to reach out to me but only automated emails.
I'm interviewing for a new job. Should I reveal that I'm a mom of a 18-month old? Or is it better to hide it?
Most jobs reflected are in CA. I live near Memphis, TN
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