Are you dreading going to work on Monday mornings? Do you feel unfulfilled in your current role? Have you applied for multiple jobs but have not had any calls for interviews? Are you unclear about where you want to go next in your career? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then hiring a career coach to help you navigate the waters of your career may be the right solution for you.
Keep in mind that a professional career coach isn't there just when troubles arises in your career. A career coach can be there for you at every step of the way in your career, helping to guide you, provide support and to help you develop a precise strategy that will get you closer to your career goals.
If you are not sure if a career coach is right for you, then here are three compelling reasons why you should consider working with a coach today:
Can help you develop a solid career plan
Career coaches are known for being fastidious, methodical, and direct and can therefore provide you with clear direction, helping to eliminate the guesswork when it comes to the changes you’d like to see in your career. In working with a career coach, their ultimate goal is to devise a customized strategy for you – a career plan – that will steer you in the right direction when it comes to the next step of your career. For instance, the coaching process will help to identify where you are in your career, where you want to go and also the best way to get there. What’s more is that a career coach will help you to come up with precise goals regarding your career – both short and long-term goals –through an array of methodologies, including SMART goal planning. The acronym SMART stands for (S)pecific, (M)easurable, (A)chievable, (R)elevant, and (T)ime-based and it is an excellent way to help you organize all of your thoughts surrounding your career.
Can expedite your job search
Backed by extensive industry exposure and years of experience, a good career coach will put in the effort to learn more about your background, your career interests and even assessing your resume, reviewing both of large and small details to ensure the document is effective and targeted to your desired position. Furthermore, a career coach will enable you to take a deeper dive into your career to uncover which occupations are the most appropriate for you and based on your unique abilities, character, and aspirations. Such traits can be recognized through general conversation, probing questions, or formal assessments such as DISC. DISC stands for (D)ominance, (i)nfluence, (S)teadiness and (C)onscientiousness. A career coach leverages such tools to aid you in uncovering what motivates you and what drives you during your job search and beyond.
Can provide open and honest feedback
Achieving results is at the heart of the client-coach relationship. A career coach will motivate and challenge you to achieve the results that you desire for your career. They will also give you open and honest feedback about the things you should or should not be doing when it comes to your career. A career coach will be objective. They will let you know what you are doing right, but also what you are doing wrong so that you can make immediate corrective actions. For example, if you are performing poorly during interviews, they may coach you through the best ways to answer certain interview questions. If you are submitting numerous job applications but not receiving invites for interviews, the coach will give you advice on how to improve your resume. The goal here is to be receptive to their feedback. A career coach is there to give you their best professional advice and to help you overcome any obstacles you may be facing in your job search or at work.
Can show you how to stay on track
Due to their in-depth knowledge and years of experience, a career coach understands what it takes to keep you on track. A career coach will take a systematic approach when it comes to assigning you tasks and deliverables. They will also regularly follow-up with you to ensure you are making the appropriate changes necessary to get you to where you’d like to be in your career. Remember, the coaching process only works as hard as you do, so there may be certain behavioral changes or modifications to your perceptions that may be required to help you make the best decisions. This also means that you should attend regular coaching sessions, either weekly or bi-weekly to make the most progress. Coaching sessions are interactive, action-packed with relevant activities and informative. The career coach will lead the way and help you stay on target with all of your career goals and objectives.
All in all, the closer you are to your dream job, the more motivated, joyful, and increasingly fulfilled you will be – and a career coach can help to get you there!
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