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 showed me her portfolio which she put together for her current job search. I was looking at photos of the cakes she had created and decorated. As a fan of the Food Network and baking shows, I feel I can judge a good cake. These were incredible, stunning, amazing.

But even more amazing to me was the woman sitting before me. When we first met she was an artist working at a dead-end job. She was bored. She was burned out. She hated going to work. And she had no idea what else she could do. She didn’t want to go back to school.

As we worked together, I learned one of her hobbies was to bake and decorate cakes for friends and family. When she decided that’s the career she wanted to pursue, she created a tiny portfolio of the cakes she made for family and friends, and she wrote a resume that highlighted the artistic skills that would transfer to cake decorating. As she looked for a job, she feared no one would give her a shot.

Just 3 years later, she’s an experienced professional cake decorator who has worked at several bakeries. She sat before me, confident, thoughtfully considering her options. As we talked over coffee, she discussed the type of decorating she enjoyed the most, told me about the different types of cake environments. She shared with me the types of opportunities she really wanted to focus on.

Before we left the bakery, she introduced herself to the owner, and obtained a referral to the person who provided his cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. She planned to reach out and apply for a job.

I’m inspired by the changes in this lovely woman. When she came to me, she was uncertain, unfocused, and very unhappy with work. Today she loves what she does. She is proud of her work. She is looking forward to her next job. She’s confident and focused in her search.

Having seen her work, I know it won’t be long before someone snatches her up and hires her for their team. And they won’t regret it.

Do you know what you would really love to do? Wherever you are in your path of discovery, I challenge you today to take the next step toward a job and career you love. I encourage you to share it with me on my blog. Then come back after you’ve taken your next step, and share that too. I’ll be here to cheer you on, and to celebrate your success.

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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