What does it take to find a job you love?

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WHAT does it really take to find a job you love? Once you know what you want, what do you have to do to get it?

A dear friend of mine recently made a huge mid-life career change. In her 40s, Denise went back to school to become a nurse, an RN. She heard from her school and her friends that getting a job would be so easy. Nurses are always in demand. She was so excited to graduate and move on to a job and career she’d love. She graduated, earned her RN, and then waited to be discovered. She applied for a few jobs on occasion, but nothing happened. She was stunned. She was supposed to be flooded with offers. This went on for months. All the while, she continued to work at her old job, the one she hated. She felt demoralized, and wondered what was wrong? She wondered if she made a big mistake. Denise realized she hadn’t prepared to look for a job. She started to wonder what actions she needed to take to get a new job.

Do you know what it takes to get a job you love in today’s job market and economy?

If you want to properly prepare and plan for a successful job search, here are three key areas you must address.

1. Time. 

How long does it take to get a new job in this job market? Based on my research, the general consensus is that in a good economy, you can find a job in 3 months or less. In this economy, it takes closer to 6 months, or longer. These numbers presume you are actively looking for work, not just waiting for opportunity to come your way.

So plan accordingly: grab your calendar and make a schedule for your job search activities for the next 6 months. Make sure you make time every day, every week, to actively pursue finding a new job. When will you check the job boards? When will you research companies? When will you attend networking events? When will you submit your applications and follow up on leads? If you are currently working, make sure you commit time in your schedule to seek the next job. If you are unemployed, looking for a job is your job for the next 6 months.


2. Money. 

Do you have enough money to support yourself for the next 6 months? If not, you may need to make some household budget cuts or defer some expenses to make things work. If money is really tight, you may need to take an intermediate job to support yourself while you continue to look for the job you really want.


3. Attitude. 

The final piece is to keep a positive attitude about the process. By planning and preparing your schedule and your finances for your search, you have laid a strong foundation for minimizing the stress of a successful search. What are some other things you can do to keep energized and focused on the opportunities in front of you?

Get support. Hire a career coach for guidance and accountability, join a job club or job networking group, and ask for support from your family and friends. Maintain good health and wellness practices: eat right, exercise, get fresh air, meditate, and stay spiritually connected. Do the things that are good for your personal health and well being.


So what does it take? It takes a plan of action, persistence, and a positive attitude. Denise implemented these strategies and is now happily employed as a nurse, in a job she truly loves. Are you fully prepared for a successful job search? What are the steps you need to take right now to ensure your job search is a successful one?

I invite you to share your steps on my blog below.

My clients rely on 1-on-1 support to help them develop a concrete plan of action, keep them accountable to persist, and encourage them through their job search. To learn more about my programs, click here.  If you want to schedule time with me, just email me or schedule time now at to Know Lori.

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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 me...it 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 Sherlock...to 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