Updated: Apr 3
“We all have a blind spot and it’s shaped exactly like us” – Junot Diaz.
Not everyone needs a career coach, but like most, you don’t notice what you don’t know. So, what is your next career worth to you? To really identify if career coaching is worth it, a good place to start is identifying what your career needs are.
If two or more of the below sounds like you, then you should consider getting a career coach…
Struggling to figure out a career fit and want to understand what your strengths are
Have a lot of transferable skills, and want to switch industries, but not sure how to position yourself to potential employers
Feeling anxious, or just don’t have the confidence to start looking for a new job
Been out of the market and a bit out of touch with the job search
Feeling unmotivated at your current job and feel like its time for a change, but don’t know where to start
Experiencing burn out and want a career change altogether
Here are a couple of ways a career coach can help…
Work with you to develop a plan and career strategy: Building a career plan can be a big feat, depending on where you are in your career. Working with a career coach, can help with giving you the support in identifying your skills, strengths, and areas that you can improve. A coach will help match your skills against the industry and give you insight on where your potential gaps are and help bridge them. This includes developing a customized an action plan and an job search approach.
Provide unbiased feedback: A career coach stays unbiased and provides judgement free space by asking the right questions. Coach does not solve the problem for you, but helps pave the way to the right decision, step by step. Getting that sounding board will help you to become aware of your blind spots and overcome doubts or lack of confidence that may limit you in developing and marketing yourself to the potential employer.
Keeping you accountable: Life gets busy and if you are doing your job search while employed staying on track may be easier said than done. Sometimes timelines with good intentions get missed. A career coach works with you to review your goals, monitor your progress and guides you through getting to the finish line.
People who hire career coach’s want results and what better way to get that in a fulfilling coaching relationship. A good coach provides the feedback you need to course correct to your career goals.