I am asked that question several times a day. There is really no right answer.
What I do know is that when I have a potential client contact me it is because they are stuck somewhere in their job search.
So, I believe that Career Coaching puts you in charge of your future.
Most clients hire me to help them decide the next step in their career because they are unable to assess their skills and abilities accurately. It’s not surprising that most people find it difficult to evaluate themselves objectively.
Many job seekers believe that a resume revision is all that they need to do to take the next step in their career. Unfortunately, this is a short-term tactic that bypasses the self-knowledge and values assessment – essential for choosing the right career. Instead, they are dependent on the hiring organization to define their worth.
A career coach is trained to help clients get a more accurate perspective of their accomplishments. I know that one of my fundamentals of this process is actively listening. I listen intently noting what is said and unsaid, then reflecting for accuracy.
All coaches should ask questions to help the client interpret their narrative into a clear path for what they want and what is best for their career.
Career coaching is not about finding solutions for clients but aiding them in finding the answers themselves using exercises, assessments, and other tools.
This principle empowers the client to uncover the answers, putting them in control of their destiny.
There is a myriad of reasons to invest in career coaching, and they roughly fall into these categories.
- Career Management: Your values and experience are always evolving, and even if you are happily employed a coach can help you gain insight into your career trajectory. A good coach will help you assess whether your job is offering you opportunities for growth, learning and increased financial compensation. It may not be in your best interest to stay in your current role if you are not continuing to learn and grow. A trained coach could help realize any dissatisfaction or boredom. Whether you are in the early stages of a career or approaching retirement, coaching can help unlock your potential more effectively than you can on your own. Performance coaching also falls in this category.
- Job Search: People are most inclined to ask for help when they are job searching. The client may need help in evaluating their skills, talent, and experience and how to best leverage them for a job search. The process will involve a thorough analysis of the client’s work values and incorporating all of the above into their brand. Coaches will also offer tips on network building, interviewing and salary negotiation.
- Career Change: Similar to a job search, this will involve an assessment of skills, talents and experience. Where it differs is in strategically applying them to define your new brand. Your current expertise could be used to your advantage. A coach is best equipped to determine how to make that happen.
One-third of your life is spent working.
Are you stuck trying to find your next job?
Let’s talk, I offer a free introductory call to see if we would be a good match for this journey.