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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".

Fairygodboss member Looking for a Change

  • Fairygodboss member

    I have seen several job listings for legal editors that require a law degree, for instance, working for a government agency, university, publishing company, news agency, etc. You also may want to look for research jobs requiring law degrees for a wide variety of companies. You clearly write well. Best wishes to you.

  • Fairygodboss member

    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.

  • Fairygodboss member

    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

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