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?

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?

What it’s really like to have a job you love

Where are you on your path of discovering your ideal job? Do you know what you are meant to do? Do you dare to take the next step toward a job and career you love?

I was in a bakery having hot cocoa with a former client of mine. We were catching up and she . . . → Read More: What it’s really like to have a job you love

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?

Fit your ideal job into your ideal life

I often write about people who don’t know what they want. I want to talk to today about someone who really does know, and how that may not be enough.

Yesterday I talked with a woman, Dawn, who is rapidly approaching burn out on her job and career. She considers leaving her job every few . . . → Read More: Fit your ideal job into your ideal life

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

Is it realistic to pursue your dream job today?

I recently received an email from Mary who told me, “I identified the job I wanted, my dream job. I went back to school full time, and racked up a lot of debt. By the time I graduated several years later, the economy tanked, and my dream job was no longer hiring. And the jobs . . . → Read More: Is it realistic to pursue your dream job today?

Translate your strengths into an ideal job

Rick was an IT Help Desk Manager looking for job satisfaction. He had lists of strengths and skills, values, roles, responsibilities, and a description of his ideal work environment. He still didn’t have any idea what he wanted to do, or where he wanted to do it. He was feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by all . . . → Read More: Translate your strengths into an ideal job

Roles, Relationships, and Career Success – With whom do you thrive?

Think of a favorite project you completed. It could be a project at work, or a project at home, or even something you did as a volunteer. Choose a project that makes you swell with pride, one you enjoyed and felt good about the work as well as the outcome. What role did you play? . . . → Read More: Roles, Relationships, and Career Success – With whom do you thrive?

Passions and your Past

Tom was a marketing manager who wanted out, out of the day-to-day corporate grind. Out of the pressure cooker. He felt undervalued, unappreciated, and un-acknowledged for who he was and what he brought to each project, each assignment. He felt angry and frustrated, and some days oppressed, and just wanted out.

The problem for Tom, . . . → Read More: Passions and your Past

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