Dream Job Lifeline: Get Known, Get Offers, Get Working

Learn how to Land your Dream Job, Make a Career Change, Network, & Walk Through the Backdoor Into Your Dream Job.
4.6 (8 ratings) Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,168 students enrolled
$200
Take This Course
  • Lectures 48
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works

Discover

Find online courses made by experts from around the world.

Learn

Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.

Master

Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Are You Ready to Walk Through the Backdoor Into Your Dream Job Life?

For 28 years, I have helped thousands of professionals from all levels make profitable career transitions, create prosperous new businesses and gain new clients through strategic networking.

In the past, all of this has been available only through one–on-one consultations...so we are beyond excited to now have it available to a wider audience through this online venue.

Whether you want to:

  • land a job,
  • expand your client base or
  • even start a business

effective relationship building is required…and getting in and getting connected through a Stealth Method™ is the basis for uncovering or creating the best opportunities!

In a stealth approach to career management or business development, your only task is to meet, know and be known by as many influential people as possible. It is not about looking for a job or pawing at the front door for opportunities like every other Tom, Dick or Harriet. It's about setting yourself apart.

This is a very interactive course – each student will have the opportunity to engage with the videos and work through valuable career- and life-enhancing downloadable exercises.

As a participant in this course, you are invited to engage in two exclusive communities to support and empower you through this program.

Weekly Conference Call: Meet personally with Darrell to get your questions on the program and processes answered and to make connections within the community.

Exclusive LinkedIn Group: Dream Job Lifeline, facilitated by Darrell and Jeana, to enable community connection and interaction.

The principles taught in this course have been used by hundreds of people for:

  • innovative job search
  • creative sales expansion
  • inspired business development

If you are ready to take the next step toward landing your dream job and ensuring a future of job security by your own design, we invite you to enroll in the course.

Here are what some of the students are saying about this FIVE STAR class:

"Fabulous content! Every lecture was to the point and Darrel's delivery was impeccable. He knows what he is talking about from direct experience. I have began to put into practice some of his recommendations and they do indeed work. Highly recommend this course to others." -Stella Estevez, PhD

"I am just a bit blown away by how comprehensive and thorough this course is. I am one who loves getting a blueprint and solid examples of what to do, and more importantly how to do it. I think my biggest "nice surprise" was the fact that Darrell even gives you scripts so you have a good guideline on exactly what to say in several situations. That, for me is always huge. I've already started implementing some of the techniques and it's obvious they are working because people are paying attention." - Pam Blackman

"This is the most insightful career advice I've run across. I think one of the most valuable lessons here (which I wish I had available to me years ago) was how important it is to cultivate connections in high places and to stay connected. Too often, when we reach successful plateaus, the tendency is to disconnect because "we've made it!" What we don't realize is it doesn't always last, so maintaining connections and building relationship equity in business is essential. I also loved the exercises Darrell gave, because they are real and solid and will provide dividends.

This is especially valuable to anyone unemployed, because in Darrell you've got the best cheer leader and adviser to lift you up from the depths and show you the way up!

And his "Backdoor-Stealth" method for connecting with high level executives through doing a "Research Study" is brilliant!

He's got the goods!" - Rafe J. Leyva

"I've just completed Darrell Gurney's course DREAM JOB LIFELINE: Get Known, Get Offers, Get Working and am pumped to put all this information to use. This course, like Gurney's book "Never Apply For A Job Again!", are fact filled, inspiring and provide the tools to not only view your career search (and career) in a new light, but also to take the actions to enhance your career into a purpose. As I listened to Gurney my juices started flowing. I'm discovering my very powerful "Job Sweet Spot" and how to build a "Career Tribe" that takes my view of my career to a new -- much higher -- perspective. Not only is Gurney a magnificent mentor, but he puts you in touch with others through social networking that are making the same life changes right now. It was during my exploration of Darrell's "Your Sweet Spot" worksheet that my juices really started flowing. I was amazed by the varying interests I have an how passionate I am about them. Don't miss out on this wonderful knowledge. I believe that Gurney is the "critical link" between you and your best career." -Dean Regan

Enroll NOW to Learn How to Attract and Land YOUR Dream Job Life!

What are the requirements?

  • A willingness to explore your passions and to make connections with those people who will lead to opportunities.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Change the way you look for work.
  • Get outside old patterns that limit your possibilities.
  • Find the opportunity to do work you really want.
  • Learn Lifetime Career Management.
  • You'll learn how to get in the door to get hired in any field -- even in something you've never done before.
  • You'll learn the secrets of hidden, stealth networking to land the sweetheart jobs that are never advertised.
  • Learn how to find and utilize your network contacts.
  • In a job search, find reasons to meet people other than your need for a job.
  • You'll get a job faster doing what you REALLY want to do.
  • You'll turn the whole concept of interviewing for jobs upside down, being the one in control of targeting who you want to meet, setting them up, and even conducting those interviews yourself.
  • You'll learn how to get working 5-6 times faster than when putting in applications.
  • You’ll experience fun and connection of networking vs. isolated online searching.
  • You’ll be connected with an entire community of other students of this course through an exclusive LinkedIn Group, for camaraderie, joint support, and the all-important networking!

What is the target audience?

  • Whether you want a new job, want to build your client base or start your own business, effective relationship building is required… and getting in by “stealth” means is the basis for uncovering the best opportunities.
  • Anyone wanting to ensure their own job security for life be learning how to create connections that open doors into what you really love and want to do.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

05:34

Welcome to the course! This lecture will give you some ideas about where you might be coming from as well as explain my commitment to this course and to you.

19:49

This webinar was recently led for 256 Harvard Business School Alumni and will give you an overview of what we will dig into, in-depth, throughout this course. Get the overview here through these two Harvard webinar videos or jump straight into the course at the "Introduction to Section One" below.

19:50

This webinar was recently led for 256 Harvard Business School Alumni and will give you an overview of what we will dig into, in-depth, throughout this course. Get the overview here through these two Harvard webinar videos or jump straight into the course at the "Introduction to Section One" below.

Section 1: Calm Down & Be Contrarian
01:09

In this lecture I will explain what I will be covering in this section, including why this course is so special, the trough of transition, breaking rules, the evolution of a hire, and the 4M method of career management.

10:44

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Explain how the course came about.
  • Introduce the book on which it is based.
  • Make suggestions for success in the course.
  • Cover why it is important (but not required) to get a buddy to work through the course with you or join our LinkedIn Group.
  • Illustrate why you should keep a "Career Transformation Insights Journal" for insights, new awareness, and "out-of-the-blue" occurrences.
  • Explain what a lifeline document is and that you can either view it online or download it for access to the journaling, exercises, and action item activities.
02:44

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

01:30

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

05:46

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

03:00

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

07:12

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Trough of Transition
  • Journaling: Where you're at? How do you move along the curve?
  • Your Higher Calling
  • Journaling: What do you see for yourself?
18:38

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Rules Ingrained From Childhood Experience and how these rules have shaped you.
  • Rules Implied by Life Experience and how these rules have shaped you.
  • Journaling: Knowing this, what will you do differently? At least 2 ways you’ll get outside your comfort zone in any of these areas.
09:14

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Describe The Evolution of a Hire.
  • Explain the impact the evolution of a hire makes on career transition.
10:10

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

03:45

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Meet people in
  • Memorable ways so as to stay Top-of-
  • Mind and then
  • Maintain those relationships.
  • Journaling: Where are your weakest links?

4 questions

Let's see what you remember from chapter one!

02:10

In this section we covered an intro to the course, why this course is so special, the trough of transition, breaking the rules, the evolution of a hire, and the 4M method.

Section 2: De-Desperatize and Discover
00:54

In this section we are covering the best way to get a job, the power of ask, and the power of research.

01:20

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • The 10 Time-Tested Principles for Launching an Effective Stealth Campaign.
  • Principle #1: The Best Way to Get a Job is Don’t Be Looking for One.
  • Journaling: How has desperation shaped your results in career and life?
03:44

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

09:18

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #2: An Ounce of Research is Worth a Pound of Job Search.
  • The old concept of “informational interviewing".
  • Distinguish 3 Circles.
  • Discuss various clients’ research projects.
  • Fill out Three Circles Form.
  • Journaling: What have you been told or assumed about work that either backs up this concept or refutes it?
08:54

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #3: A Question-Able Person Creates Enthusiastic Relationships.
  • Freebird Exercise.
  • Classifieds Inkblot Exercise.
  • Resparking Exercise.
  • Journaling: Freebird Exercise, Classifieds Inkblot Exercise, Resparking Exercise.
  • Come up with 3 areas of research and 20 questions in each area.
05:11

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

04:55

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

Section Two Wrap Up Quiz
3 questions
01:15

In this section we covered the best way to get a job, the power of ask, and the power of research.

Section 3: Plan Your Stealth Approach to a Dream Job
01:20

In this section we are covering shooting for the stars, how not to ask and the power of ego.

06:58

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #4: You Can Never Have Too Much Information.
  • Distinguish why information is what there is to discover vs. a job.
  • Finding Your Wells Exercise.
  • Journaling: Given your research projects, what levels would you reach out to? Make a list of the titles, roles and positions of the folks you would target.
  • Research organizations to approach based on areas of desired engagement, classifieds exercise of industries of interest, resparking exercise areas of fascination, questions you want answers to, etc. (collectively, we'll call these your "Areas of Research" or "Research Projects").
  • Research specific people to target out of those organizations and find the person two levels higher than the level you'd generally go in at.
  • Review your "Finding Your Wells" list of people you already know, and see who might either know something about your areas of research or might know someone who knows about your area of research.
  • Create a "Career Tribe" Approach list from all of the above.
04:04

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

03:37

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

02:42

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #5: A Friend in Need Doth Repulsion Breed.
  • Reminder: when getting ready to go out and meet people, forget about needing a job!
09:39

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #6: Call Me Expert, I’ll Open My Door.
  • Distinguish typical “networking” vs the “stealth approach.”
  • Approach Letter - Show difference from standard “need a job” letter.
  • Practice the stealth approach with warm contacts to get sea legs for cold contacts.

04:28

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

16:02

In this lecture I will go through all of the different types of approach letters in detail with real-world examples to give you ideas on how you want to word your own approach letters.

Section Three Wrap Up Quiz
3 questions
01:20

In this section we covered shooting for the stars, how not to ask, and the power of ego.

Section 4: Opening Doors
00:38

In this section we will be covering getting in the door and getting the conversations rolling.

07:39

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #7: Eyes to Eyes Gets You the Prize.
  • The Meeting Setup - seven guidelines to follow in setting up your face-to-face meetings.
  • If working through this program with a buddy, practice with each other!
04:06

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

08:49

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Review 4 steps for prep and conducting of effective stealth meetings.
  1. Send Approach.
  2. Follow up to set face-to-face meeting.
  3. Create 20 questions (from Principle #3).
  4. Follow 5 Stages of a Stealth Interview.
  • Principle #8: Building Relationship Equity…One Meeting at a Time.
  • Send 3 Approach Letters, follow up to set up meetings (ideally in offices, not coffee shops or restaurants) and conduct those 3 meetings (to start!).
  • Practice: If working through this program with a buddy, practice The 5 Stages of a Stealth Interview with each other! If not, get on the LinkedIn Group and find someone to practice with...if even by phone or video call. Remember: you want to be IN FRONT of people, IN THE FLESH, when you conduct these meetings, but for the sake of at least practicing, utilize the community for support.
05:03

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

Section Four Wrap Up Quiz
2 questions
01:11

In this section we covered getting in the door and getting the conversations rolling.

Section 5: Keep it Going
01:18

In this section we will be covering the ping that keeps on giving, in business forever, what to do, and how to think.

03:57

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #9: Top of Mind is Easy to Find.
  • Describe Holiday Letter and its use to keep you connected.
  • Write sample Holiday Letters to people you've had a stealth meeting with.
18:24

In this lecture I will go through different holiday letters in detail with real-world examples to give you ideas on how you want to word your own holiday letters.

03:23

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

02:31

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Principle #10: Treat Yourself Like a Business to Stay in Business.
  • Working the system as a Lifetime Career Management™ discipline.
  • Research and join Professional networking groups, LinkedIn Groups, Meetup Groups, -Trade Associations, Mixers.
01:22

This video was recorded live while teaching some of the same principles discussed in the previous lecture. The video gives you an opportunity to hear the concepts explained in a different way, expanding upon what you have already learned.

05:49

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Distinguish pipeline of a campaign.
  • Set up your Career Campaign Dream Team.
  • Promises and Go-Fors: These are the goals you're going to set for yourself in terms of the work you'll be doing in your career campaign.
02:09

In this lecture I will cover the following information:

  • Career Campaign Declarations.
Section Five Wrap Up Quiz
2 questions
01:35

In this section we covered the ping that keeps on giving, in business forever, what to do, and how to think.

Section 6: Course Wrap-Up
01:10

Thank you for taking this course! In this lecture I will give you some final words of advice and invite and encourage you to stay connected and interact through our course's private LinkedIn group and weekly calls.

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Darrell W. Gurney, Chief Empowerment Officer

DARRELL W. GURNEY, a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Texas with degrees in Finance and International Business is:

  • Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of CareerGuy, a website supporting career fulfillment, job transitions, and business branding and building.
  • Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC)
  • Certified Job & Career Transition Coach (JCTC)
  • Certified Career Management Coach (CCMC)
  • Licensed Spiritual Counselor (ALSP, RScP)

As a 28-year recruiting veteran, executive coach and career advisor, Darrell has supported thousands of professionals at all levels to make profitable transitions. Some companies utilizing Darrell's professional services are:

  • Microsoft
  • America Online
  • Hunt-Wesson
  • American Express

Conferring with a career-coaching firm at the age of 24, he utilized a “stealth" job search method to meet with 7 CFOs of the top Hollywood entertainment studios and landed an international financial position with MGM/United Artists Pictures, without ever going through HR!

Through these initial experiences, he developed an understanding of networking, what it takes to get in to meet important people, and how to get ahead.

Based in Los Angeles, he educates clients in his Stealth Search™ method.

Darrell is the author of several books that have become highly touted resources in the careers field:

Headhunters Revealed! Career Secrets for Choosing and Using Professional Recruiters (Amazon), winner of the Clarion Award for Best Book by the Association for Women in Communications and reviewed in Publishers Weekly.

Never Apply for a Job Again: Break the Rules, Cut the Line, Beat the Rest, an Amazon best seller, endorsed by bestselling thought leaders such as Harvey Mackay, Keith Ferrazzi, and Dr. Ivan Misner.

Finding the S Spot: Career Pleasure Secrets for Merging Skills, Pay and Play, his newest E-book

Darrell has been featured in:

  • CBS Moneywatch
  • Fortune
  • Forbes
  • Wall Street Journal's Career Journal
  • BusinessWeek Online
  • MSN Careers
  • CareerBuilder
  • Wall Street Journal Radio

He has been a guest on local and national radio and television programs and has been quoted in newspapers, magazines, and journals.

He has consulted for the largest worldwide corporate outplacement organizations, Lee Hecht Harrison and Right Management and speaks and leads workshops for both professional and trade associations as well as leading MBA programs.

A media expert on subjects such as recruiting, networking, and finding one's passion, Darrell was recently named Networking Expert for the MBA-focused site.

Darrell also offers webinars and programs that get students and working professionals out, connected, and expanding.

Always looking for ways to help more people, he is currently completing his next book about midlife transitions, entitled The Back Forty: 7 Critical Embraces for Life's Second Half (due out in 2016) and developing an inspiring reality show, "Dream Job Life".

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course