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How To Choose The Right Career Coach

How To Choose The Right Career Coach
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Working with a career coach is one of the best steps you can ever take in your professional life.

You might be going through a phase where you feel you are stuck, confused or not sure of the steps to take in your career. A lot of people also go through the same at some point or the other.

Having a session with a career coach helps you to have the clarity, motivation and confidence that you need and more importantly, it gives you an action plan to implement in the short or long run.

It is understandable that there might be challenges with being able to pay for the services of a career coach, the result you are able to get makes it worth your while to take this step.

However, the important question here is how do you know which career coach to work with? You can easily find many career coaches by simply doing a search on Google but would you feel comfortable working with any of them?

A better approach would be to be able to book a one-on-one session with a career coach knowing that you will be working with a quality coach that has gone through some form of a vetting process.

This way it becomes less overwhelming for you to consider leaving important decisions that have to do with your career in the hands of someone.

Here are four questions you need to have answered to help you make the right decision.

It is understandable that there might be challenges with being able to pay for the services of a career coach, the result you are able to get makes it worth your while to take this step.

What type of person do they work best with?

Think about people in coach-like capacities or roles that you have worked with before in the past. This could be teachers, mentors, life coaches or therapists.

These would be people who have helped or encouraged you in one form of the other by helping you to achieve some goals.

You can create a list of these desirable traits that you prefer in your career coach. Then look for the coaches that have similar characteristics.

A good place to start looking for this is in their clients’ reviews. You will find that some of the coaches are described as being positive, considerate, encouraging etc.

This way you will easily find those career coaches that you can easily relate to.

A helpful approach is to read some of the writings of the coaches that you are considering working with. This could be a blog post, article or research paper they have written.

This is a good way to get an insight into how they think and their approach to work as well as their background and results they have achieved.

How you will know that you have found the right one using this approach, is that you will find common grounds and make connections between their work and your own situation

Who can help you with your specific situation

Many career coaches have worked with people from different career fields so they have the capability and skill set to advise people in specialised areas.

So even if you are considering something such as big career change and you are worried about how to transfer your skills into the new field, a career coach that has worked with a diverse range of clients has the experience to help you through this process.

It is a good idea to work with a coach that specialises in your career field, which could be law, sales, accounting or engineering.

It could be a coach that specialises in your situation, for example, career change or new graduate.

For instance, there are some coaches that are known to only work with women in specific career fields.

Having a look at the online profiles of these coaches and even the reviews left by their clients is a good way of finding out what their area of specialisation is.

If the coach was able to help people in similar situations as you, then this is a good indication that they might be able to do the same for you or at least to add them to your shortlist of potential career coaches.

“It is a good idea to work with a coach that specialises in your career field, which could be law, sales, accounting or engineering.”

How much do you want to spend?

This is a very subjective question and it could be a tough one to answer. Fees for career coaches vary depending on the coach

Some things to consider that will help you to make a decision are – how long they have been coaching, their qualifications and certifications, the number of clients they have worked with over the years and more.

It is not always the case that the less number of years someone has spent being a coach, the less helpful they are as a coach.

This is why it is really important to look at the results they have been able to achieve even over a relatively shorter period of time when compared to other coaches.

How much you pay really depends on what matters to you.

If it is important to you that the career coach needs to be specialised in an area of highly experienced, then it might be worth it spending the money to hire a coach that fulfils this need.

This way it will make more sense to work with a career coach even if their service is on the high end.

On the other hand, if you just need someone to take the firsts steps with you and point you in the right direction, then it might be better to spend less on hiring a career coach.

Whatever the case might be, you need to have done proper research into finding out about the coaches and checked client reviews in order to be able to make an informed decision.

How do they coach their clients?

Career coaches have their own approach to how they work with their clients. It is important for you to be aware of this to help make the coaching process as seamless as possible.

Some coaches work over the phone so you don’t need to be located in the same area as them to work with them.

Other coaches would also wok via online platforms such as Skype or other video conferencing platforms. This way you can still have a one-on-one face to face session with your coach without having to change location.

Some coaches are known to record their sessions. This could be a very useful method as you are able to go back to listen to it again and not miss out on important information from the session.

It is important to find out as much as you can about how your career coach works because it is an important factor to consider in getting the right career advice to help you achieve your goals.

How much you pay for career advice really depends on what matters to you.

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