3 Steps to a New Career

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Are you taking on too much at once?

Lynn described herself as someone suffering from career burn out. But every time she tried to figure out what to do next, she’d become overwhelmed and a bit depressed. She couldn’t see the possibilities.

Lynn’s process went something like this: she started listing her strengths and skills, along with the things she enjoyed doing, then she immediately tried to think of job titles and industries where she could do those things. She found one or two jobs that looked interesting, discovered she needed training, and then worried about how to write her resume and whether or not the job would pay the bills. At this point she became overwhelmed, stuck, and assumed there were no alternatives for her.

Lynn made the mistake many people make when trying to find a new career path. She was trying to answer all the questions simultaneously. The truth is that there is a process and an order to a successful career transformation.


Here are the 3 Stages to Successful Career Transformation.

1. Start at the Unearth Stage.

Write down the strengths and skills you love to use. Identify your top 10 values along with the topics you are most passionate about. I often describe the search for a career you love as a puzzle: the Unearth Stage is where you gather up all the relevant pieces. What activities do you want to do? With whom do you want to do them? And in what environment? Before moving on to stage 2, it is important that you be able to clearly articulate the answers to these questions. Only then are you ready to move on.

2. Imagine Stage.

This is where you begin to put the pieces together, but no job titles yet! Imagine what an ideal work day (or work week) might include. I recommend exploring this stage using all your senses. Write out a detailed story of your ideal work day in multi-sensory detail (what do you see, hear, feel, touch? how do you relate to others?) Try a visualization or create a collage that represents your ideal job. Don’t worry about what is practical, that comes later. For now, let your imagination explore what might be possible and pleasing in a job. When you have a clear image of all components of your ideal job, then you can move to Stage 3.

3. At last, the Create Stage is when you will move to the practical realm.

Now you can begin to research job types and titles. Spend time investigating what options exist in the current job market that match up with your Ideal Job description. Do informational interviews; research salaries and training requirements. Once you’ve narrowed your options to a few that really interest you, you can develop your own targeted job search strategy to secure the job or career you want. It will be so much easier to develop your tools: branding statement, resume, cover letter, interview prep, networking strategies, and so forth, now that you have a clear target in your sights.

As Lynn followed these stages, one at a time and in order, she was able to transform her career and get a job she loved, one that filled her with passion and paid the bills.

Are you making the same mistake as Lynn? Are you trying to find all the answers and make all your decisions at once? I encourage you to start by determining which stage you are currently in, and then identify one action to take to move you through that stage. I invite you to share your discoveries with me 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.


Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA