Do you have Career Independence?

Happy July 4th ! As I think about Independence Day, I want to ask you a question. Do you have Career Independence?

Recently, Lynn talked with me about this important concern. “I’ve worked so hard to figure out what is my dream career. Then I worked as hard or harder to land the job I . . . → Read More: Do you have Career Independence?

Do you worry about timing?

Yesterday I met Eva, a 52 year old woman who has built a successful career as a corporate accountant. As we chatted over afternoon tea, she confessed that she hates accounting, and longs to change careers and find a job she’d love. Then she put down her mug and looked at me and said these . . . → Read More: Do you worry about timing?

3 Key Strategies to Get Your Dream Job

You’ve been working hard at unearthing and verbalizing your strengths and skills. You’ve imagined a clear picture of the job you would L-O-V-E to have. Now what? How do put yourself in a position to get that job?

When Ron first came to me, he had worked in sales for many years. What he really . . . → Read More: 3 Key Strategies to Get Your Dream Job

Do you know your personal brand?

When I first saw Ken’s resume it was so short, there was so little text, I thought he must have just graduated from school and had no work experience yet. I later learned that Ken had been in the same field for about 8 years. While he still worked at the company that hired him . . . → Read More: Do you know your personal brand?

That’s it! I quit!

Have you ever felt so frustrated that you wanted to quit your job right then and there?

When I was at the peak of my burn out on my job and career, I felt that way every day. I was miserable.

Julie, a dear friend and client, felt that way when she and I met. . . . → Read More: That’s it! I quit!

Are you moving forward?

Have you ever had a dream that you felt was a message for you?

One night I had a dream like that. In my dream, I was at school and had just picked up a new picture id. Before I went home, I stopped at the cafeteria to eat. I filled my tray with food . . . → Read More: Are you moving forward?

Don’t let one of “those” days keep you from your dreams

Have you ever had one of “those” days? Have you ever thought that the way your life is unfolding, you will never reach your dreams?

Today I have had one of “those” days. I overslept and got up late. I felt rushed and behind schedule before I even got out of bed. As I scrambled . . . → Read More: Don’t let one of “those” days keep you from your dreams

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 . . . → Read More: Does your ideal job meet your needs?

Ask for the support you need

Last week, a woman told me about her experience, and I wanted to share it with you.

Karen works full time in retail sales, and is burning out. Karen has been working for months to figure out what new career she really wants. She has been doing this work on her own, reporting her progress . . . → Read More: Ask for the support you need

How to stay motivated and in action

One of the challenges of finding a new career or changing jobs is staying motivated and in action.

Kathy had worked hard to determine what career she wanted, and what jobs she wanted to pursue. She prepared her tools (i.e. resume, cover letter, etc.). She was so excited to begin looking for a new job, . . . → Read More: How to stay motivated and in action

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