Can You Afford Not To Hire A Career Coach? 3 Things You Must Be Prepared For

by Melanie Winograd - Date: 2007-01-19 - Word Count: 362 Share This!

When it comes to winning the job you want, you might decide to go it alone. However, if you were trying out for the Olympics, you could certainly train and practice alone but statistically speaking, whether in the realm of sports or in the game of job applications, those who have professional coaches achieve the best results.

Choosing the right career coach is extremely important. Here are 3 things you must be prepared for:

1. Your next career coach must be certified from an accredited organization and have the experience to not only help with interviewing or negotiating, but can rewrite and improve your résumé as well.

2. Your career coach is part counselor, part teacher, and part agent. The best career coaches help you figure out what you really want in a career, what skills you possess and then they will give you the tools and resources to help you apply for the job. Remember, a career coach is NOT a recruiter. While some have the experience in knowing about current job opportunities, their main goal is to make you stand out among the competition.

3. Follow their advice. When you work with a career coach, you must be prepared to get out of your "comfort zone," do your homework, and sacrifice some of your time, energy, and money, to get results. Remember if your choice to hire a career coach lands you a higher paying job, you will be repaid many times over!

4. Be prepared for shocking results. After working with a coach, you may come to the conclusion that you should enter a new line of work or apply for a job that you didn't think you were qualified for or interested in. One of the assets of a truly gifted coach is the ability to ask you questions that may require you to think differently. A coach may know more about the market than you do as it relates to using your current talents in a different way. Remember that while being between jobs is no picnic, it does have perks - for instance, it gives you freedom to choose - and a career coach who helps evaluate those choices is a real asset.

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