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How can you choose your next career and guarantee it’s one you’ll love?

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I recently attended a ‘Job Fair’, where I provided short 1-on-1 laser coaching to individuals struggling with their job search. I met so many people who are currently struggling in their search. Most of the people I spoke with wanted to choose a new career; they no longer loved what they were doing and wanted to make a change.

Karen summed it up for everyone when she asked me quite simply: “How do I discover what I can do to earn a living that I can also enjoy? Where do I begin?”

I struggled with Step 1 for many years before figuring out the answer to the question of how to choose my next career, and make sure it was something I’d also enjoy.

The first step to choose your next career is counter-intuitive for some of us. We want to start by looking at other jobs and careers available, and then figure out if we could do one of those. But in my experience, Step 1 is about looking at yourself, unearthing your own unique set of strengths and skills, and more specifically, the strengths and skills you love to use. The key is to be able to articulate them with confidence.

Brad is a former client who came to me ready for change: “I’ve been doing sales, and I don’t want to do it anymore. I want to figure out what else I can do, without going back to school, that uses what I already know.” When I asked Brad what he knew how to do, he replied with a sad look in his eyes and a deep sigh, “Sales.”

After doing my own research on strengths and purpose, I have come to the conclusion that the strengths we love to use reveal themselves to us throughout our life. They may be scaled back a bit, when we’re young, but they still show up. We can’t help ourselves, the things we are best at and enjoy the most, we find a way to simply do. This is a critical component to help you choose your next career.

To help Brad unearth his strengths, he began by making a list from throughout his life of accomplishments and achievements that he was most proud of and really enjoyed doing. His list included: teaching himself to ride a bike then teaching his brother and sister to ride a bike so he wouldn’t be riding alone, preparing and delivering a presentation in high school to make some changes to how the school paper was run, winning his first sales award.

Next Brad began to tell me the story of what he did to achieve each accomplishment: the steps he took, who he worked with, and how he felt at each point. These stories contain the answer to the question I asked Brad, “What do you know how to do?” Together, Brad and I were able to sift through the stories and make a list of the strengths he demonstrated over and over again. Some of the items on Brad’s list included:   teaching,  training,  presenting,  mentoring,  and communicating. People with these skills often end up in sales. But there are also many other jobs and careers that use these skills.

Brad and I continued to dig into the stories of his accomplishments to discover what he does well, and what he enjoys, as well as the environment in which he thrives. That gave us the information we needed to proceed to Step 2 – Imagine, where Brad began to imagine what his ideal job and career would be, and then to Step 3 – Create, where Brad created both a strategy and tactical plan to get the job he wanted.

Today Brad actually trains sales people for a company he loves. He loves his job, and finds it fulfilling as well as financially rewarding. He’s now able to leverage his unique set of strengths and skills, as well as his experience.

For more information on how to unearth your strengths so you can find a job you love, check out the following:
Do you bring your strengths with you?

Want a career that feels like your calling?

What are the strengths you love to use?

If you are ready to discover what you can do to earn a living that you can also enjoy, to choose your next career, I challenge you to take Step 1 today. And please share your progress to help and inspire others on my blog.

 

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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