The job search process can be frustrating, time-consuming, and even downright depressing. In a slow job market, some job seekers will wait months before their efforts produce any results.
So, do you keep plugging away, hoping for an interview, an offer…anything? Or do you consult a career coach to help you land a job faster?
What is a career coach? According to the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches, career coaching helps people find jobs, advance in their present jobs, find a career after college graduation, transition to a new field or start a business. A career coach can help you in many other ways, too, such as:
Education. Many job seekers, no matter what their level of formal education, have not been educated about proper job search tactics. Hiring managers and HR personnel expect job seekers to understand all aspects of the hiring process—even though they haven’t been educated. In turn, many job seekers figure it out as they go, aimlessly applying for jobs or combing job boards, and end up disappointed. A career coach can let you in on new strategies to impress potential employers.
Identifying strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps your resume is outstanding, but your cover letter leaves something to be desired. Or, you’re impressive on paper, only to disappoint in the interview. Unless you’re asking for feedback every time you are passed up for a job (which you should), you likely don’t know what your pitfalls and strengths are. A career coach can help you identify these things and improve upon weaknesses that may be costing you job offers.
Helping you network. You know that networking is still one of the main ways to land a job, right? Although many job seekers realize this, it can be difficult to approach new people or reach out when you need help. A career coach can help you identify key contacts to connect with and focus your networking efforts to produce results.
Creating a job search plan. Instead of aimlessly applying for jobs you qualify for, a career coach can help you identify your ideal work environment, position, location, etc. From there, your coach will help you identify organizations you can reach out to and different strategies for landing your ideal job.
Strengthening your job search documents. Your resume and cover letter may leave something to be desired, but it’s hard to know as a job seeker. Career coaches specialize in reviewing these documents and making suggestions for how to make yours stand out among the rest.
Landing a job in less time. With all of the services a career coach can help you with, you’re more likely to have a better focus on your search and land a job faster. Although a career coach requires an initial investment, it can definitely pay off in the long run.
Have you ever considered hiring a career coach? Why or why not?