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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When I first met Lori, I was in a rut. Having spent 25 years in the same industry, I was bored, max’d out and didn't know what to do next.  I was pigeon-holed into an industry that I was not so fond of, and saw no way to get out.  I felt trapped. Lori understood my predicament, as she had seen it all before -- she was sympathetic, but resolute in knowing that she could help me find answers.  I took great solace in that! 

Through several sessions and dozens of exercises, I began to get a clearer picture of who I am, and where my strengths and talents truly lie.  Working with Lori, I was able to translate that understanding into updated, targeted resumes that quickly produced interviews and gave me the confidence to express myself better than ever before. 

Consulting a Career Coach should be mandatory for anyone in today's work force, and Lori is the best at her profession.

Robert J. Norris, Warrenville, IL