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Job hunting advice?

Inspired by today's discussion of thank you emails, I have a question of my own:

I've just started job hunting after spending the last year fighting cancer and recovering from it. I worked through November, but had to move home to pursue treatment not available where I used to live: rural Alaska. I have decided to stay on the east coast.


I'm a lawyer by education but am not licensed in the lower 48 and am not eligible for reciprocity. I also no longer have any interest in lawyering. I have an HR background and am looking for work in HR, court administration, or ANYTHING at a university. I feel like I'm an untraditional applicant and won't be considered for any positions. Any advice on how to make myself stand out and at least get and interview? I have been applying like mad and haven't had so much as a phone call.

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