What is Career Coaching?
The goal of a career coach is to support you in making educated decisions about career development tracks and developing a solutions-oriented approach to pursuing your career goals. Being unfulfilled at work or looking for employment often creates negative emotions, including low self-esteem, lack of confidence, anxiety, and fear. Working with a coach will boost your confidence and help you strategize ways to manage feelings that could be factors in your chance of success. They will help empower you to act, overcome setbacks, and maintain your focus. They are highly trained in helping clients engage in a process of self-exploration to uncover any potential behavioral or emotional blockages that could be interfering with achieving success.
What does a Career Coach do?
Professional career coaches are skilled and trained in helping you create a personalized plan designed to meet their goals. A good coach will help you put into words not only what your goals are but how you can best achieve them. There are a number of assessments that they use to help clients , such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, or a careers outlook inventory. These help to pinpoint what kind of work and workplaces that are the best fit for someone. A coach will help you put together concrete action steps, including but not limited to: building a resume, cover letter, and social media profile that holds up to key-word scanning software. They can also help you plan negotiations when offers do come.
They also provide honest and unbiased feedback. Many people turn to family and friends for advice or encouragement when searching for a job. These people mean well but they aren’t always the best to provide feedback. They are likely to be biased, and chances are they are not up to par with the recruitment and interviewing process trends like a professional coach will be. Coaches not only offer objective feedback tailored to your search and career goals, they have an astute understanding about how your talents and aptitude translate into marketable skills.
What things can a Career Coach help with?
- Stress and life-work balance
- Career path and transition planning
- Personal development and confidence building
- Communication and presentation skills
- Leadership and management skills
- Time management
When do you know you need a Career Coach?
- You feel stuck, dissatisfied, or just unhappy.
- You know what you want but are not sure how to get it.
- You’re contemplating a major change.
- You’ve been out of the workforce for an extended period.
- You’re not making progress despite your best efforts.
- Your resume is getting you the interview but you’re not getting offers.
- You’re not sure how to achieve promotions and ask for pay-raises.
As you can see, there are many signs you may need a coach and many benefits to having one. In any case, one of the most grueling experiences in life is job searching and having extra support can never hurt. Hiring a coach does come with a price tag. On average, you can expect to have 8-10 sessions with them. However, the long-term benefits can far exceed the investment as this can make the next 20-45 years of your life happier and more fulfilling.
How do I find a Career Coach?
There are many ways to find a coach. One is referral if you know someone who has successfully worked with one in the past. Another is a simple web search, as there are many to be found.
The key for finding the right coach is to talk to a few of them. We recommend three. You want to make sure that you are comfortable working with the coach you choose, and they are knowledgeable about your specific needs. Also, the fees that career coaches charge varies so make sure you find one who meets your budget needs. At Life Coach Library, you simply register and fill out our questionnaire, we will match you with three coaches who will give you a free consultation. Our service is completely free, and we are confident you will find a coach you love!
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