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The associated downloads are: A completed Daily Journal (for a single day) that I showed in the video. A template of the Daily Journal in Word format. A template of the Daily Journal in PDF format. The exercise is to keep a Daily Journal for a minimum of 2 weeks (but preferably 4-6 weeks) to identify what you really like doing at work. Simply doing the Journal day-by-day, you should see a pattern emerging. But I would also recommend that you review all of the pages of your completed Journal, at the end of each week, to make connections between individual items and get a broader picture. The brain is structured to make connections, so take advantage of all of that computing power. Doing a written summary is best because, even though you are only expressing what you read back to yourself, it forces you to think about what you really think. Also, the physical act of writing engages other parts of the brain, that would not otherwise be used in this task, and that could trigger some additional connections that you would miss if you just read the entries.
Here is the template for Career Anchors in Word and PDF format. In this exercise, you simply go through twelve questions and give your honest answer to each one. As I said in the video, no-one else is going to see what you say, so be brutally honest with yourself.
Here is the Wheel of Life Template. This template is based on the latest research into what makes us happy and draws on the work of Professor Richard Layard and Professor Paul Dolan, both of whom teach at The London School of Economics (LSE). The template describes eight different aspects of your life, each of which contributes to your happiness. Your task is to download the template and: Colour in each segment of the wheel to represent (on a scale of 1 to 5) how you currently spend your time. On top of that, mark up what is important to you in your life. Note the contrast between what is important and how you spend your time. Colour in another wheel that shows how your life will be in balance when you have the job you love. Think of the wheel being the finite amount of time being available in a week (or a month, or a year) and think about the trade-offs between the different dimensions. Physically doing this exercise by hand and using color will ensure that you use your whole brain. Remember, the brain works by making connections, not in a straight line of logic, so don't just stare at the wheel on your 'phone and think, "yeah, got that!"
Use this template to list 6 organisations that you admire and where you think you might find a job you love: 2 large organisations 2 medium-sized organisations 2 small or start-up organisations
In this exercise, try reducing the length of the message to 300 characters, including spaces. I've not included the PDF because I have assumed you will need to copy and paste the text in your preferred word processor
Write a personalized message to 2 people you want to contact...and send them! Consider: What are the key “buttons” that you want to press, that you think will make her or him want to meet? If there are more than 3 buttons, what are the top 3? Is the tone polite? Have you made a compliment? Have you used positive words, such as “admire” and “good”? Would it make you want to meet? Is there someone who will give you some honest feedback before you send it? o Don’t be embarrassed – this is about your future!
This exercise is to practice researching individuals by picking two from your existing list. Be sure to use LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. And above all, try to understand the challenges and consequent needs of both the organization and the individuals within it, given their role.
Even if you don't think you need a template, I suggest that you still take a lot at it because there's a lot of good advice and reminders contained within.
Even if you don't think you need a template, I suggest that you still take a lot at it because there's a lot of good advice and reminders contained within.

How to find a job you love in 90 days or less, without sending endless resumés

Are you a late twenties or thirty-something professional who wants to find a job you truly love in 90 days or less?

Do you want to escape the demoralizing process of sending off endless resumés that don’t get a response, let alone an interview?
Perhaps you have already been looking for a while but you are continuing to torture yourself, going through the motions of sending resumé after resumé, your confidence draining away, every time you hit the send key?

Or perhaps you feel stuck in a rut and want to grow and learn but you are worried about leaving the security of where you are now for something unknown that may not work out?

Or maybe you just have this niggling sense of dissatisfaction with your current role and your prospects? But you just don’t know what you really want to do with your career?  And you have no idea how to start solving that problem?

If any of those apply to you, then this message may be one of the most important you will ever read.

That’s because finding a job you love is not just about your next job, it’s about what you do with the rest of your life.

The Find A Job Love Blueprint is a 7-step program that will take you towards finding the job you love and getting hired.

Rather than being a bunch of useful stuff that might come in handy, The Blueprint is a series of exercises, each one of which builds on the last, each taking you closer to your goal to the find a job you love. 

So it's all about doing the exercises. Of course, I will explain how to do them and why you should do them, through short bite-sized videos that you can watch on the move or at your desk.

I've made quite a lot of information about the course available in the previews that you can watch for free, before signing up. Those preview videos will tell you how the course came about, the threads that make it up and why I am uniquely qualified to help you.

Who this course is for:
  • late 20's to 30-something professionals

Requirements

  • The only prerequisite is an open mind and a willingness to put in the work to make it happen.
The associated downloads are: A completed Daily Journal (for a single day) that I showed in the video. A template of the Daily Journal in Word format. A template of the Daily Journal in PDF format. The exercise is to keep a Daily Journal for a minimum of 2 weeks (but preferably 4-6 weeks) to identify what you really like doing at work. Simply doing the Journal day-by-day, you should see a pattern emerging. But I would also recommend that you review all of the pages of your completed Journal, at the end of each week, to make connections between individual items and get a broader picture. The brain is structured to make connections, so take advantage of all of that computing power. Doing a written summary is best because, even though you are only expressing what you read back to yourself, it forces you to think about what you really think. Also, the physical act of writing engages other parts of the brain, that would not otherwise be used in this task, and that could trigger some additional connections that you would miss if you just read the entries.
Here is the template for Career Anchors in Word and PDF format. In this exercise, you simply go through twelve questions and give your honest answer to each one. As I said in the video, no-one else is going to see what you say, so be brutally honest with yourself.
Here is the Wheel of Life Template. This template is based on the latest research into what makes us happy and draws on the work of Professor Richard Layard and Professor Paul Dolan, both of whom teach at The London School of Economics (LSE). The template describes eight different aspects of your life, each of which contributes to your happiness. Your task is to download the template and: Colour in each segment of the wheel to represent (on a scale of 1 to 5) how you currently spend your time. On top of that, mark up what is important to you in your life. Note the contrast between what is important and how you spend your time. Colour in another wheel that shows how your life will be in balance when you have the job you love. Think of the wheel being the finite amount of time being available in a week (or a month, or a year) and think about the trade-offs between the different dimensions. Physically doing this exercise by hand and using color will ensure that you use your whole brain. Remember, the brain works by making connections, not in a straight line of logic, so don't just stare at the wheel on your 'phone and think, "yeah, got that!"
Use this template to list 6 organisations that you admire and where you think you might find a job you love: 2 large organisations 2 medium-sized organisations 2 small or start-up organisations
In this exercise, try reducing the length of the message to 300 characters, including spaces. I've not included the PDF because I have assumed you will need to copy and paste the text in your preferred word processor
Write a personalized message to 2 people you want to contact...and send them! Consider: What are the key “buttons” that you want to press, that you think will make her or him want to meet? If there are more than 3 buttons, what are the top 3? Is the tone polite? Have you made a compliment? Have you used positive words, such as “admire” and “good”? Would it make you want to meet? Is there someone who will give you some honest feedback before you send it? o Don’t be embarrassed – this is about your future!
This exercise is to practice researching individuals by picking two from your existing list. Be sure to use LinkedIn, Twitter and Google. And above all, try to understand the challenges and consequent needs of both the organization and the individuals within it, given their role.
Even if you don't think you need a template, I suggest that you still take a lot at it because there's a lot of good advice and reminders contained within.
Even if you don't think you need a template, I suggest that you still take a lot at it because there's a lot of good advice and reminders contained within.

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Gary Lloyd

Executive and Career Coach
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For over ten years, I have been helping thirty-something professionals, like yourself, to find a job you love.

Before that, I specialised in running large IT-enabled change programs, primarily in the finance industry. And in that role, for more than 20 years, I had to hire a lot of people, at all levels of the organisations I worked in. Recruiting people was often a frustrating business. The people I needed, to help me get the results I wanted, often didn't make it through the formal recruitment process.

Then, just over ten years ago, I started mentoring thirty-something students and alumni for a leading UK business school. I subsequently joined their executive coaching panel.

And it turned out that the #1 topic for most of my clients was out that how to find a job they would truly love. Luckily, my long experience as a hiring manager enabled me to teach clients how to sidestep the traditional recruitment process and to persuade hiring managers to hire them, even when there was no job advertised.

It also turned out that the core advice that helped my clients was pretty much the same, no matter whether they were a junior manager or a high-flyer with their eyes on the C-suite.

So, rather than ask clients to pay top-rate for my time, just to listen to me, I started to put the information into videos, articles and exercises that they could watch, in bite-sized chunks, on the move, when they needed it. 

And incidentally, I still do some work as a consultant in the field of organisational change, alongside my career coaching and mentoring work. This gives you the benefit of advice from someone who is still involved in what is going on within organisations but whose main focus is helping talented professionals to find a job they love.

 

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