What is Career Coaching?
Career Coaches use a solution-oriented approach to assist and inform any person who needs career advice. In other words, they help people define, redefine, and achieve their professional objectives and other work-related goals.
Career Coaches can help people figure out what kind of job they’re looking for or help them plan a new career path. They also give people advice on their current work situation (whether they are freelancers, employees, or executives), helping them develop or improve their stress management skills and their leadership and interpersonal skills, including conflict-management skills and self-confidence.
Career coaches can help people with a wide array of career-related goals and issues. Some seek career coaching because they’re stuck in a dead-end job that brings no meaning or purpose to their lives, while others are challenged by the demands of balancing their work lives with their personal lives. Some clients know exactly what they want to do with their lives, but need help finding and executing a plan to get there, while others have languished without a clear calling in life. Career coaching helps people with all of these concerns and more.
What does Career Coaching help with?
Career coaches typically have experience and training in a variety of personal career development strategies, including:
- Career exploration
- Interviewing skills & confidence building
- Creative job search strategies
- Resume and cover letter writing
- Career, personality and strengths assessments
- Personal marketing and branding
- Evaluating prospective employers
- Salary negotiations
- Support – A coach is there for you. They actively listen to what you are saying and what you aren’t saying. They will create a safe environment where you are comfortable and can talk without judgment. Looking for work can be extremely isolating. Working with a coach provides the necessary support to move forward. A coach provides non-judgmental guidance and can see things from the 30,000-foot view, offering different perspectives and opportunities. They’ll help you identify where you are stuck, what the obstacles are between you and your dream job, and illuminate the path to what you want.
- Structure and accountability – A coach will set up regular coaching meetings with you (by phone or in-person) and assist in developing a plan to achieve your career goals. Looking for work can be frustrating, annoying and demoralizing and it may be difficult to know where to start. Having regular coaching sessions will lend structure and stability to your career transition. A career coach will customize a program to suit your individual needs and meet you where you are, whether at a career crossroad or in job search mode. They will provide the necessary accountability for you to achieve and exceed your goals, far faster than you would on your own.
- Focus – A career coach will help you focus on what you want to do and where you want to do it by identifying your values, interests, talents, and passion. They will help you discover what is important to you and how that relates to finding your ideal career.
- Confidence and your personal brand – When you are out of work you may lack self-confidence and your perspective on successfully finding work may become clouded. Career coaching can provide you with fresh perspectives on the challenges and opportunities when finding meaningful work, give you better awareness of your strengths, accomplishments, unique value proposition and your brand.