Does your ideal job meet your needs?

I first met Phil after he had been laid off from work. Phil was a social worker who worked for a mental health hospital. He was depressed to have lost a job he loved so much. He was also an artist who wanted to do more commissioned works. He was hoping that he could take advantage of his time off to do that. His dream was to live and work as an artist full time. He thought this might be an opportunity to create that life. But Phil’s wife had been ill a few years ago, and continued to have a lot of medical expenses. She depended on him to provide medical insurance. He needed a job now, and he needed medical benefits and a certain salary to take care of his wife and family. Phil wanted to have it all, but was convinced that wasn’t possible. He dreamed of having time for his art, he wanted to have a job he enjoyed, and he needed to continue to provide for his family.

It was important for Phil to be clear about not only his dreams, but also his immediate needs. Needs are non-negotiable. Your needs must be addressed in your ideal job description for your next job. Phil’s ideal job description included specific major medical insurance benefits for him and his wife, and a flexible work schedule that allowed him time to work on his art.

Once Phil identified his needs and wants, he found a job at a local hospital that allowed him to use the skills he enjoyed most from his prior job. While it didn’t offer a high salary, it offered opportunity for growth, and more important to Phil, excellent medical benefits. This job also allowed him to work 12-hour shifts only three days a week, freeing up the rest of his time for his artistic pursuits.

Because Phil spent some time getting clear about his immediate needs, in addition to his dreams, he found a job he enjoys, and that meets his needs.

What do you need from your next job? What do you need now? How can you blend your job dreams with your immediate needs? When you do that, you will find a job you love and that truly provides for you.

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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 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 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