Reclaim Your Career Security

Are you worried about your job security? Do you lose sleep fearing a reorganization or layoff? Today I want to help you regain control of your career, so you can put those worries to rest.

Sandy worked for a printing company for 15 years. She worked hard, she was liked, and she planned to work at this company until she could retire. But rumors began to circulate that the company was struggling to stay in business as the printing industry began to change. Then the lay-offs began. Sandy watched as her long-time friends and co-workers began to lose their jobs one by one. Next, there came the announcement that another company had acquired them; not another printing company, but a multimedia organization. Sandy knew nothing about the new organization or multimedia. The acquisition brought in new management. This left Sandy feeling stressed and anxious as she waited and worried about what would happen to her job and her career.

Can you relate to Sandy’s story? It’s a common one today. As I listen to the story of Sandy (and others like hers), the first question that I have is: Why is Sandy waiting?

Now, it is possible Sandy has job and career options. But because she is stressed and worried about what is going to happen next, I conclude that her only option is to hope for the best. Unfortunately, hope alone does not make a great career strategy. If the only thing you rely on is hope, you are relinquishing all control of your career.

Sandy is clearly not in the driver’s seat of her career. And I want to help put YOU in the driver’s seat of your career.

One strategy for doing that is to stop thinking of yourself as an employee, and start acting as if you are your own company. What do I mean by that? I want you to take the reins of your career and assume that you are responsible for lining up your next job, for knowing and pleasing your customers, and for making sure people know what you bring to an organization.

Let me say a few words about each of these components.

1. Be responsible for lining up your next job.

Pay attention to the job market and the skills companies are looking for. Make sure you are building and maintaining those skills. Then, if an opportunity comes along or if you suddenly need to find another opportunity, you will be ready. At all times, you should know what you offer and why someone would want to hire you.


2. Know and please your customers.

When you begin to think of yourself as a company, you will see that everyone you come in contact with is either a customer or a partner. This is includes your boss and your peers. Make it a point to find out what they want and need from you, deliver that, and then follow up to make sure they got what they wanted. If you don’t know how to do this, copy what companies do. Ask questions. Do your own customer satisfaction survey. This is a great way to make sure you will have recommendations and referrals when you need them.


3. Make sure people know what you bring to the organization.

Think of this as sales and marketing. You need to make sure people know what you do and what you contribute. This includes your boss, but doesn’t stop there. What if your boss leaves the company and is the only one who values what you do? You need to identify the key players and make sure they know what you do. This might be your peers, your boss’ boss, or your boss’ peers. Make a list of people who might have a say in your career path at your current company, and then make sure they know the value of your contribution.

I want you to take the drivers’ seat in your career. By doing this, you will be able to weather any storm in the job market. I want you to love your job, thrive in your career, no matter what chaos ensues in the job market. I know you can.


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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