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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When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

Through several sessions and dozens of exercises, I began to get a clearer picture of who I am, and where my strengths and talents truly lie.  Working with Lori, I was able to translate that understanding into updated, targeted resumes that quickly produced interviews and gave me the confidence to express myself better than ever before. 

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