​Top 4 signs working with a career coach would be useful

​Top 4 signs working with a career coach would be useful

So often, we get caught up in the questions of ‘should I, or shouldn’t I’ or ‘will it help?’.

When it comes to career coaching, there are a number of questions to ask yourself. Answering ‘yes’ to any of them probably indicates that working with a career coach will add value to you and your career path.

1) Do I spend time in my current job thinking “I’d like to do something different?”

It can all be a bit overwhelming sometimes. We’re balancing work, family, outside commitments. Turning up to a job that is unfulfilling can be soul destroying. The tyranny of time sometimes keeps us bolted to our current circumstances if we can’t see a way forward to create change. Working with a career coach doesn’t mean being talked into actions, it means uncovering options, setting achievable goals, and moving forward at a sustainable pace.

2) Am I asking myself “what do I want to be when I grow up?”

You’d be surprised how common it is to hear this from people in their 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond! Whether currently in paid employment or not, many people experience the pull between what they prepared for, what’s expected, what’s easy, what pays the bills and what they enjoy. A career coach can help you gain insight into your skills, workplace values and aptitudes, which can lead to new options and opportunities.

3) Do I consistently miss out on being offered an interview?

The first thing that most hiring managers see is your résumé If your documents aren’t getting you noticed, it’s time to get a professional to have a look and make suggestions. A good résumé writer will speak with you about yourself and the role/s you want, and will help you to match your résumé, LinkedIn profile, cover letter and selection criteria to the role/s you want. They will also talk to you about your social media presence, and whether it is helping or hindering your search.

4) Do I get as far as the interview, but miss out on an offer?

Over the years, I have worked with some amazing clients who were absolutely fabulous at their jobs. Working with them during restructures or on career advancement highlighted the fact that not everyone who has what an employer wants and needs knows how to interview well to prove it. If you’ve ever caught yourself rambling, oversharing, going blank or giving only broad umbrella statements affirming your fit for the role, then consider working with a career coach. A bit of support preparing for the all-important interview can make all the difference to both your confidence and performance.

Betsy has  20+ years experience in Learning and Development in both the public and private sectors, she has taught Recruitment and Selection courses for hiring managers and participated as a recruitment coach and panel member in countless interviews. Over the past six years, Betsy has spent hundreds of hours training groups in job application skills, and working with individuals to develop strong resumes, LinkedIn profiles, job applications and to prepare for job interviews. Betsy aims to help job seekers understand their career motivators and values, and to position themselves to their best advantage for both imminent changes and long term goals. Member CDAA and Career Directors International.

Betsy is a member of the FlexCoach panel of career and executive coaches. You can see her FlexCoach profile here

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