Hiring a Career Coach-Why the Heck Would You Do That?

Posted by: Don Oehlert
Managing Partner/Head Coach


Today we’ll look at reasons why you may want to consider hiring a career coach.

Let’s start with a few questions.

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Have you been feeling stuck in your career? Are you not sure how to get ahead, or what to do next with your life? If so, then it might be time for you to hire a career coach. Career coaches are experts who can help guide you through the process of getting unstuck. They will provide insights into where your strengths and weaknesses lie.

Career coaches also provide strategies on how to overcome challenges that seem insurmountable. In this post, we’ll discuss why hiring a career coach could be just what you need to take that next step in your professional development.

What is a career coach?

A career coach is an expert in the process of career development. They are usually very good at detecting your blind spots. They can also be an outside set of eyes on human behavior and motivation. A good way to think about a professional career coach is as someone who can be your guide through any dilemmas you may face in your career. They can help you decide what steps to take next to overcome obstacles.

Examples may be lack of job satisfaction or worse yet, overwhelming stress.

* Why would I want one?

*There are many reasons why hiring a career coach could be beneficial for you at any point in your career. Let’s explore some reasons in the next section.

OK, but why would I want to hire a career coach?

There are many reasons why hiring a coach could be beneficial for you at any point in your career. Especially when you are in a management role, or at an advanced stage of your career.

Let’s explore Four cases now:

Let’s say you’re not sure if you need assistance with figuring out your next steps, or managing professional life changes. You may feel like something is just not be right where you are currently.

During regular meetings with a career coach – either face-to-face or virtually through Zoom, FaceTime, etc. – that coach will listen closely as you pour out all that is on your mind. Then they can provide guidance and mapping as to next steps – and possible solutions.

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* Let’s say you’re at a crossroads in your career and don’t know what to pursue next. You still want guidance on how to achieve your goals.

Hiring a career coach means they will work with you one-on-one to map out a plan for navigating the transition process. Or that career coach can help you figure out if now is the time for making a change into another industry altogether.

* You may also be feeling stuck, exhausted, or overwhelmed by the demands of managing people who report to you. You may just need a new perspective that only an outsider can provide. I’m sure you’ve heard the old saw “you can’t see the forest for the trees.”

Hiring a career coach can help.

You may be undertaking new responsibilities as part of an organizational leadership team. While it’s natural that these periods come along from time to time because we have finite amounts of energy (it goes back and forth), it doesn’t mean they are any less important to the job search process.

* Also, you may be experiencing a period of time when your job is not meeting your expectations. You might have been promoted and now find yourself in an organization where there are challenges that make it difficult for you to perform up to standard or even worse. You may actually dread coming into work each day.

Your boss has made unreasonable demands on your time which means either taking extra-long hours at work. Or you may be doing double duty with personal obligations outside of the normal corporate commitments. Those long hours aren’t worth it because although they provide financial security, you are now at the top of your ladder.

* Let’s say a new company purchased your company, and they are bringing in their own leadership team. That probably means you’re going to be out of as job soon.

In all four cases mentioned above, career coaching can help get things back on track by providing guidance about what’s driving these roadblocks, and what you can do to get through, over, or around them.

There are many types and levels of Career coaching services available…

…depending on how much work needs to be done.

The first step in finding a career coach to hire is to determine what you want from the coaching process. Do you just need help with your resume (this is very rare, but some folks feel it’s all they need)? Are you wondering where and when is an appropriate time for sending out resumes?

But most importantly, have you positionsed yourself as a unique person for a specific role?

These are some of the various services a good coach can provide:

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  • Resume writing
  • LinkedIn profile optimization and maintenance
  • Job search process guidance
  • Career transition assistance
  • Includes interview prep
  • Profiling yourself and the interviewers

All of these thoughts help prepare you as you go through your own personal transformation. A good coach can offer insights and help you gain perspective.

A good question for any potential job interviewee is “what can you bring to the table?” This important consideration, often overlooked by those that are unemployed. A coach will take into account your previously-gained skills and experience.

A coach will also figure out what you are looking for during a coaching engagement.

Summary: Hiring a Career Coach-Why the Heck Would You Do That?

Have you been having trouble finding the right position? Unsure about what might be the best way to advance your career? Stuck in a rut and don’t know how to get out of it? Unemployed, and wondering where your next career step will be? Facing ageism, and not sure how to circumvent it?

A Career Coach can help.

Contact us today at <info@eCareerCoaching.com>.

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