What are the strengths you love to use?

What are the strengths you love to use?

In my home I have a framed print of a quote written in a beautiful calligraphy. It says, “Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be silent if no birds sang except the best. – Anonymous.” What are you good at? What do you do . . . → Read More: What are the strengths you love to use?

Are you ready?

I received an email recently from a new reader of my blog.

Dale was 47, and had been working as a successful sales rep for a software company. Dale was also miserable in his job. So he hired a coach to help him find his way. After some time, Dale and his coach discovered a . . . → Read More: Are you ready?

Even a Calling Needs a Plan

I have been writing about a really powerful way to find a career that feels more like a calling than a job. There are 3 stages in this process: 1-Unearth, 2-Imagine, and 3-Create.

We have talked about Stage 1: Unearth, where you get to the truth about what you want, and what you offer. Things . . . → Read More: Even a Calling Needs a Plan

What is your ideal work day?

Last week I introduced you to a really powerful way to find a career that feels more like a calling than a job. If we were to wave a magic wand and you could start down a different path, right now, and you don’t know what that would be or how to figure it out, . . . → Read More: What is your ideal work day?

Want a career that feels like your calling?

Mike said, “I’ve been an architect all my life, and I hate it. I went to school to be an architect; I’ve only worked jobs as an architect. I don’t know anything else. I hate it, and I don’t want to start over.”

I then asked Mike, “So what if we were to wave a . . . → Read More: Want a career that feels like your calling?

Too late? Or perfect timing?

Does this sound familiar?

I’ve been at this career so long, it’s all I know.

I’m not sure I can do anything else.

I wish I knew then what I know now.

I’m afraid it’s too late for me.

I’ve always wanted to . . . → Read More: Too late? Or perfect timing?

10 Tips to (Un)format Your Resume when Applying Online

Ten Tips to Format Your Resume for Applying Online

When applying online, whether uploading your resume into an online job search engine or copying and pasting your resume into an online job application, you should have a version of your resume that has no special formatting. After you create your final, formatted . . . → Read More: 10 Tips to (Un)format Your Resume when Applying Online

Links to great advice on Networking

Last week I delivered a talk on Effective Networking for Your Job Search at a local career and job search event. Here are some useful links I discovered while doing my research: http://www.helpguide.org/life/job_networking_how_to_find_job.htm http://www.sonnyahuja.com/2010/13-class-tips-to-get-work-through-linked-in/ http://www.careerlab.com/art_secrets.htm I’ll be writing more about networking in upcoming posts. So check back next week to learn more! . . . → Read More: Links to great advice on Networking

Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

This blog is generally awesome (yes, I said awesome). It is practical, insightful, actionable. Someone sent me this post (link) recently – and it applies all new and scary situations. Including – Job Interviews, Performance Reviews, Presentations, Networking Events – your Intro, etc., etc. Practice – Practice – Practice. Not just in your body, but . . . → Read More: Practice may not make you perfect, but it helps

Establishing Trust for Success

“..the most essential tool [mgrs] have in getting quality performances is a trusting relationship w/ the ppl who work for them.” S. Culbert (as tweeted by @estherderby earlier today)

If a trusting relationship is key for the manager, it is also key for the reporting employee. Therefore, I conclude that trust is foundational for success . . . → Read More: Establishing Trust for Success

Client Stories

I hired Lori because I was feeling stuck in my job and needed to find a career that was more rewarding, more challenging, and more suited to me.  In the arts, it's difficult to find a job you enjoy that also pays enough to live on, but Lori helped me do just that! 

As we worked together, Lori always helped give me that extra nudge when I was having trouble taking the next step toward success and acknowledged and applauded me when I accomplished something that I'd been struggling with. 

Thanks to Lori, I got out of my 8-year rut at the same job and discovered a new career I love that brings me all of the things I want in a job--creativity, variety, challenge, learning, flexibility, teamwork, and cake.  With no professional experience but a desire to learn, Lori helped me find ways to become a cake decorator--first on my own and then, eventually, at a reputable cake shop.  Now, something I used to do just for fun has become something I make my living doing, and each workday flies by!

Emily Sweeney, Chicago, IL