Athletes understand: it’s not about climbing a mountain alone. That’s a risky maneuver. If you want to get to the top, you need a coach to offer insight, guidance, and support.
Career coaches do the same thing for job seekers. They show them how to fine-tune their professional image, become better interviewees, and unlock their true career potential, so they can climb to the top of the career ladder.
How You Can Benefit from Having a Career Coach
Right now, you may be wondering what a career coach can offer you. You might not see that having a career coach has benefits.
Imagine having someone listen to your dreams, your aspirations, and your frustrations, but then take that information and through a series of exercises and powerful clarifying questions, support you in:
- Creating a vision for your career; typically this is a long-term, twelve-month vision
- Creating a series of short-term goals that support your longer-term vision that are specific, realistic and measurable – a blueprint or roadmap
- Identifying the obstacles/habits/excuses for why you haven’t achieved those goals before
- Holding you accountable for your results and carefully supporting you to understand what habit or behaviors need to be modified if you get off track
- Claiming your unique gifts; too often we minimize our natural traits rather than seeking opportunities where they naturally flourish
- Celebrating your accomplishments – it is so hard for many of us to take a moment to boast about our successes, yet some part of ourselves is seeking this vital, self-nourishment
These answers, insights and much more are all already inside of you and are bursting to come out, be examined, discussed, thought through and put on paper. In our busy lives, we just don’t take the time to really examine ourselves and understand our true purpose in our professional lives. The support of a career coach will provide that clarity and structure.
A trained career coach is an objective observer and a dedicated listener who will challenge you to work hard, even when it’s tough. Together you will develop your career plan and select the tools you need for career success.
With the right career coach, you can:
- Clarify your current job situation as well as your future career goals
- Develop new perspectives along with an improved outlook
- Increase your sense of well-being by conquering any fear, anxiety, or uncertainty
- Learn how to leverage your strengths and overcome obstacles to gain a competitive advantage
- Improve work performance and obtain better work results through positive thinking
- Fine-tune your job-related skills
Choosing to use a career coach means you realize that you’re stuck and you need someone to help pull you out – of a slow-moving job, a non-existent career path, or a professional rut.
Finding the Best Career Coach for Your Situation
Coaching is about maximizing your performance and helping you to learn how to succeed on your own. The right career coach – that someone who will have a major impact on you – is the person that fits comfortably into your life.
One of my most important experiences was training and becoming an Integrative Coach. It was the perfect form of coaching for my clients and me. Your goal needs to be to find what method and what coach works best for you. Most Career coaches have books they have authored, blogs they have written or have been trained by a specific author. A career coach might follow a certain recognized model or standardized coaching method. Read their published works, research their approaches, and if the information resonates with you, that is a good sign that the career coach is right for you.
Whether you ask a friend or colleague for a referral, find someone through a professional career coach directory or the International Coach Federation, or give me a call, there is a career coach out there for you.