Do you have Career Independence?

Happy July 4th ! As I think about Independence Day, I want to ask you a question. Do you have Career Independence?

Recently, Lynn talked with me about this important concern. “I’ve worked so hard to figure out what is my dream career. Then I worked as hard or harder to land the job I now have, which I love. But with the economy and job market being so volatile, how can I feel more in control of my new career?” Lynn is seeking what I refer to as “Career Independence.”

When you have Career Independence, you are free from the need to worry about the security of your current position. You are confident you can get another job any time you need one. In fact, you always have one eye open toward your other options.

Do you want to take control of your career? Would you like to feel you are the one directing your success and satisfaction? You can, by making sure your career toolbox is up-to-date and active.

Here are 5 strategies to implement to develop your own Career Independence and be prepared for whatever comes your way.

1. Keep your tools current.

As you start your new job, and complete your first project or take on new responsibilities, make it a priority to update your resume and LinkedIn profile. If you maintain a Master Accomplishments List, which I recommend, make it a priority to update that as well. One of my friends updates her resume every time she takes the car in for an oil change.

By maintaining your tools as you go along, if you suddenly find you need to look for a new job, or if the next perfect opportunity unexpectedly comes your way, you will be ready.

2. Keep your network active.

Stay in touch with your in person and online networks when you are happily employed, not just when you need help finding a job. Offer to help others find their dream job, or next job, or even a good plumber. If you focus on strengthening the relationships with people in your network while you’re employed, you will have more help available to you when you need it.

 3. Keep your skills up to date.

Seek training. Ask for projects that allow you to build marketable skills. Stay abreast of the tools used by your peers in the industry. If there are certifications that are valued in your field, pursue those. By keeping your skills current, you make yourself marketable and create more options for employment.

4. Keep abreast of what’s out there.

Make a point of searching the job boards periodically to discover what options are out there. This is also a great way to discover what skills and education are currently required in your field. Besides, you never know when the next great opportunity for you might appear.

5. Keep your eyes open.

This final strategy is about keeping your eyes open to see what’s going on within your current organization. Are the good people leaving? How are the company financials? Are budgets tightening? Are you hearing rumors of layoffs? Keep your eyes open and your ear to the ground so you can be aware of how secure your current organization or position is.

By implementing these 5 strategies, you will boost your confidence and make sure you are in the driver’s seat as you steer your career in the direction you want it go.

Do you have career independence? Which strategy are you willing to commit to implementing over the next few days?

I invite you to share your thoughts below.

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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