Why Should Job-Seekers Use a Career Coach?
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?
There are numerous signs 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 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.
What model guides Dr. Hansen’s career coaching?
Dr. Hansen’s professional philosophy is: “To make a difference in people’s lives through expert advice personal empowerment and compassion.”
Dr. Hansen’s overarching model is his CAREER Model for Career Development Success. Read more about the CAREER Model.
Go back to the Benefits of Coaching.
Read more About Career Doctor Randall Hansen.
Dr. Randall Hansen is THE Career Doctor. He is also is founder of Quintessential Careers one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author with several books chapters in books and hundreds of articles. He’s often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally Dr. Hansen is also an educator having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Learn more.
The Career Doctor is part of the Quintessential Careers Network of Career Sites. Quintessential Careers is one of the most comprehensive and award-winning career development sites on the Web empowering job-seekers since 1996.