In today’s day and age, finding any job can be a challenge. Taking this one step further, getting involved with a career that you love may sound like an impossible feat.
No matter if you are fresh out of college or looking to change from one career to the next, you have to focus your time and search efforts on all the right tasks.
Although I have never personally hired a career coach, I have discussed this topic with several professionals who have. Every time, I hear the same thing: this is the greatest decision I ever made as far as my career is concerned.
For more information on the benefits of hiring a career coach, when to do so, and what to expect, I got in touch with Steve Frederick of 1on1 Career Coach.
What you need to Know
Before we go any further, you should know that Steve Frederick is one of the top career coaches in the world. If you don’t know anything about him, take a closer at his LinkedIn profile. This will give you a pretty clear understanding of why he is considered the cream of the crop in his industry.
Let’s get to the good stuff. Here are some of the questions I asked Steve, along with his detailed answers:
1. What are the biggest benefits of hiring a career coach?
- We help clients clearly articulate their value
- Save time, money, and effort by doing things right the first time
- Avoid “burning” good contacts by making a bad impression
- Rebuild self confidence so they believe in themselves
- Clarify core values / direction and then aligning their careers with who they really are
- Take the pain and suffering out of the job search process
- Eliminate overwhelm by providing structure and breaking down the entire process into simple steps
- We provide support and accountability
- Help people get through their negative self talk and feelings of worthlessness that arise during these stressful times
- One on one attention that allows clients to get results quickly and find their dream jobs
2. Do you work with those who are looking to make a career change, or only those who are currently unemployed?
That is often why people come to us. Some just want the next job in their field, but many time, people are looking to do something more meaningful, more lucrative, more challenging, etc.
3. How do you communicate with clients? In person, email, phone?
We serve people from across North America, so many of our clients have never met us in person. We do meet in person with those who are local.
What do you Think Now?
At this point, you should have a better idea of why hiring a career coach can be beneficial to your future.
There are a lot of solid points to take away from Steve’s answers, so make sure you dive into the finer details of each one to consider how it pertains to your career.
One of the things that stuck out in my mind is that you can work with a career coach who is not in your local area. In the past, I have heard people complain about not being able to find a local coach. You don’t have to worry about this. There are professionals that are more than willing to give you the help you need via phone and/or email.
It doesn’t matter if you are looking for a job in your field, a new field, or any field, with the help of a career coach you will find the process more enjoyable. Not to mention the fact that your chance of success goes through the roof.