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Making the Decision to Hire a Career Coach

Deciding to seek career advice from an outside professional usually follows a series of internal conversations. To some, embarking on a new regimen and admitting that your solo efforts did not produce the desired results is a leap of faith. In reality, hiring a career coach is the wisest move a job seeker can make. Career coaches act as a sounding board, eliciting your thoughts about new directions, providing perspective, and expanding your thinking by experimenting with new ideas. The job seeker retains control over their decisions, but a coach assists in the process and ensures action plans are followed so that career goals are met.

So, what exactly goes into looking for a career coach and preparing for what comes next? The following are a few questions or topics to think about as you consider hiring a career coach.

What is the role of a Career Coach?

A career coach frequently employs the same facilitated thinking process as life or executive coaches in assisting clients with job search and direction, life purpose, personal satisfaction, life/work balance, and developing job search strategies. Coaching for a career is goal-oriented and action-oriented. Its emphasis is on the present and the future rather than the past. Career coaching has a strong practical application in generating goal clarity, establishing search strategies, priorities, and action plans to keep moving toward the goal aliveā€”coaches counsel clients on job search strategies and behaviours. The coach will not help the client find work or provide job leads. Interview coaching

How do coaches work with their clients?

A skilled career coach assists clients in breaking out of their “safety zones” and making positive changes. They assist the client in understanding their own strengths, weaknesses, and work style and providing a third-party perspective on how others perceive the client. The coach’s job is to listen carefully, hearing the symptoms beneath the surface to assist the client in identifying core issues and developing a plan based on the context unique to the client’s life, personality, values, and talents. In addition, coaches will provide insight and feedback on the client’s self-presentation and image to build self-awareness and remove obstacles to success constructively. Clients are inspired and guided by the coach, who holds them accountable for their progress throughout the process.

What role does the client play in the process?

The client must listen and be open to suggestions and constructive feedback for the coaching experience to be fruitful. Clients must fully participate in the entire process, be ready to execute, and be held accountable for the agreements they make to take control of their careers.

What qualities do I look for in a coach?

When choosing a career coach, do your homework. Inquire about their coaching certification as well as their other credentials. Discover the coach’s professional background outside of coaching. For example, have they ever worked as a hiring manager or in a candidate selection role? A coach does not have to be from the same industry as the client, but they should have worked at the client’s job level.

How should I go about picking a coach?

A satisfying coaching experience necessitates a positive rapport with the coach. Make a call to two or three coaches. This conversation will allow you to get to know the coach, their practise methodology, and how it relates to the services you require. The first consultation with a coach is usually free of charge. Coaches will not make suggestions or give you advice on your specific situation during the initial conversation.

How do coaching sessions go?

Clients can expect their coach to inquire about their thoughts and emotions surrounding what is important to them. The discussions are an exchange of ideas as well as a test of readiness to move forward. Sessions can last anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes and can be conducted in person or over the phone, depending on the client’s needs. Services such as resume review/rewrite, mock interviews and offer negotiation advice are frequently included in sessions.

What is the fee for a Career Coach?

Fees are typically in the $100 to $200 per hour range. In your conversation with the coach, request a detailed explanation of the coaching process and associated fees. For example, is the coach using assessment tools that are normally not included in the session fee? Is the coach paid by the hour, service, or combination of the two? What payment methods do they accept? Will they charge you for every phone call or email you make?

Partnering with a Career Coach is a significant investment that allows the client to take productive action toward their goals that they would not normally take on their own. Many people have found jobs, identified paths to life satisfaction, and gained a new perspective on themselves due to this rewarding and productive experience.

Debra Desmond is a professional facilitator, public speaker, and certified executive coach. She is the founder of Real Perspective Coaching, a firm that specialises in leadership and organisational effectiveness coaching. Debra assists clients in increasing their self-awareness and identifying specific developmental goals that will improve their effectiveness in their roles. For example, executives who worked with Debra solved problems by strengthening their emotional intelligence competencies, building and repairing relationships, establishing priorities, dealing with burnout, making career transitions, finding jobs, and achieving their most desired goals.

Debra’s experience in Human Resource management roles established what she is known for: the resourcefulness with which she gains influence and isolates the root cause of complex problems. Debra’s leadership of numerous organisational development initiatives resulted in significant, well-planned positive change for the organisation. In addition, her extensive experience in executive search in the healthcare and petroleum industries honed her client orientation, relationship-building skills, and acumen for identifying the exact talent who could deliver on expectations.