Career Coaching and You
These are the most challenging times for finding a job in over three-quarters of a century. If you’re looking to land a job where you want to be, as opposed to just where you have to be, you need to be at the top of your game. And that’s where career coaching comes in.
Just because the economy is tough and the job market is flooded with people just like you doesn’t mean you can’t find a way to have your cake and eat it too. A little creative thinking can push you to the front of the job market line. And that starts with finding a good career coach.
So just what should you be looking for in a qualified career coaching professional?
Relevant Employment Experience
Do the coaches you are considering have relevant job experience similar to yours? Career coaching will make all the difference in the world for you, which is why you need to make sure the coach you hire knows what they are doing, as it pertains to your specific line of work. There are dozens of coaches out there. The trick is to find one who is knowledgeable in your career field. You’ll need someone to help you with personal work-related goals—and someone with little to no experience in your business of choice isn’t going to be much help when it comes to career coaching.
Ask for referrals from current and former clients. A prospective career coach needs to be able to show you the success of those they have already mentored. If you’re offered only vague references to past clients, you’ll want to be cautious when it comes to their career coaching skills. The best coaches come prepared with dozens of testimonials from clients who have achieved their goals thanks in large part to their work.
This is where you’ll need to find out exactly how a potential coach plans on conducting the actual career coaching. Most career coaches would agree that face to face meeting are the most beneficial type of encounter. Others, however, prefer or suggest conducting career coaching sessions over the phone, instant messenger or via email. You’ll need to be sure to select a coach whose method is most compatible with your own preference. You will be sharing some very personal information with your career coach, and you need to ask yourself if you feel comfortable doing so over a cup of coffee at the corner diner.
When you finally are able to decide on a coach you’ll want to ask what sort or guarantee or potential outcome they are willing to offer for their career coaching services. The last thing you want to do is spend weeks or months with someone with no positive outcome. Career coaching sessions can cost upwards of $500 a piece, so making sure that you are working with the best possible coach for you is essential.