By Randall S. Hansen, PhD
The better question might be, why haven’t you taken advantage of the services of a career coach?
A good analogy is to compare a career coach to an athletic coach or personal trainer. Even the best athletes need a coach to guide them to the next level; they need someone who will listen to them, assess their situation, and push their performance to the peak of their potential. Coaching is about unlocking a person’s potential to maximize his or her performance; coaching is about helping people learn to succeed and excel on their own. Athletes, musicians, actors — and yes, job-seekers — would not be as successful without the services of a coach.
So, what is a career coach — and what can a coach do for you?
Imagine having someone listen to your dreams, ambitions, frustrations — and then having that person offer advice and develop action steps to empower you to be more successful. Who is that person? A career coach.
A career coach is a trained professional who provides expert advice, guidance, and support to those who are seeking career success. A career coach is an objective observer and listener who can often see situations more clearly than the client. A career coach concentrates on where clients are now and helps them develop goals, plans, and action steps toward some future employment or career goal.
A career coach is dedicated to giving you the tools you need for career success. A career coach will challenge you to do your best, will work with you through the tough times, will empower you to reach your goals, and will celebrate with you as you achieve success. A career coach works for you, helping you to achieve all your goals and aspirations.
What results can you expect from good career coaching?
After receiving coaching, you should have one or more of these outcomes:
- Enhanced self-awareness and direction
- Clarity of career and job-search goals
- Increased career management skills
- Overall improvement of your quality of life
How do you know if you’re ready for coaching?
Numerous signs can indicate that you’re ready for coaching, such as feeling prepared to work with a career professional, being confident that you have the time to commit to working with a coach, and deciding you are in need of the services of a career coach.
If you’re not sure, take my quiz! Go to: Are You Ready for Career Coaching? A Coachability Quotient Quiz.
How does one find a career coach?
Numerous directories – like this one, Find a Career Expert – of professional career coaches are available, and the best coaches are certified by at least one professional organization. Some coaches have advanced degrees in addition to their certifications.
But the bottom-line is that you need to feel comfortable with the person who will have a potentially major impact on your career — and your life. For the relationship to be truly successful, both you and the coach need to feel a connection, a bond.