6 Career Coach Benefits (To Land Your DREAM JOB!)

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Benefits of a Career Coach

Many people change careers or jobs and wind up being miserable all over again. That is largely because they did not cover all their bases during that first switch. In this article, I will take you through how a good career coach will help you cover all your bases and give you steps to find satisfaction in your career. I will outline six benefits of having a coach to see you through a career change and help you land that dream job.

Let’s first establish a definition of a career coach.  The International Coaching Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Think of it like a sports coach, they’ll guide their players but will not play on their behalf. Similarly, a career coach is someone who will guide you through a process and will not do the work for you.

Also, career coaches have specializations. Some career coaches specialize in helping people prepare their resumes and cover letters. Others offer interview preparation while others help clients gain clarity for the next step in their careers.

A career coach that fits your individual needs is important because sometimes people considering a career change aren't actually in need of one. There are times when all someone needs is a little help with their soft skills to smooth out the workplace difficulties. Oftentimes, during a career change, people think they will be set if they go back to grad school but that may not necessarily be true, especially if the problem is the lack of clarity to begin with. Investing in a career coach could save you thousands of dollars by avoiding these costly mistakes.

On that note, here are the major benefits of having a career coach guide you in your career transition.

 

Benefit #1: Proven system

The first benefit is that this career coach should have a proven system to help you get your desired outcome. Think about it, whenever you drive a car out, you would probably say your goal was to go somewhere -- pick up lunch or go to the gas station. In the same vein, a good career coach helps you lay out the roadmap, ask reflective questions, and provide resources for you to achieve your career goals. They will lead you through the major bases you need to cover, the timeline, an action plan, and how to execute it. You can then make an informed decision about whether or not a career change is right for you, and how to proceed.

Benefit #2: Having the right tools

The second major benefit of having a career coach guide your transition is that they have the right tools to do the desired task. Sure, you can get free stuff online, but you get what you pay for, right? Also, what if you need a hammer for your problem but all you can find is a screwdriver? You want the tools to have rhyme and reason instead of a series of piecemeal fixes that end up being patchwork. Your career deserves better than that.

Career coaches with an array of assessment tools are essential. There are plenty of assessment tools out there, some common ones being MBTI, DISC, Enneagram,  and the Big Five personality traits assessment. I prefer the Big Five, the gold standard- it is psychometrically valid and provides reliable assessments. A good career coach knows and uses the latest and best tools available.

Benefit #3: Non-judgmental confidant

The third benefit of having a career coach is that they can be a non-judgmental confidant to guide you through this process. Sure, you can bounce ideas off your friends, family, and network -- but they aren’t trained listeners and sometimes may sometimes be too eager to offer their advice on how you should live your life.

A career coach, on the other hand, will draw on their experience to point out red flags. They’re trained listeners with a keen ear to ensure you have all your bases covered when switching careers, which can be a complex process. There are different types of career switches, and a good career coach will understand each of them. For example, moving from marketing to HR could be considered a functional switch. It is often easier to do this within your existing company since you already have a wealth of internal connections.

The next type of switch would be an industry switch. An example would be switching from HR at Apple to Lululemon. It's still an HR job, just in a different industry. You can apply similar skills, but you may need to demonstrate your knowledge of the industry.

The most difficult switch is a double switch, which is a change of both function and industry. In that case, a career change can be complicated and difficult. You will need specific guidance on how to navigate that change. Changes of this magnitude are always the hardest to convince a company to hire you.

Finally, sometimes you might not even need to change.  As I stated earlier,  sometimes acquiring soft skills that will help you perform better in your job and breaking negative cycles that consistently return you to the same issues. If you struggle with being overworked and a people pleaser, learning how to say no and set stronger boundaries can do wonders for your workplace satisfaction.

Benefit #4: Offers a wider perspective

The fourth benefit of having a career coach is they offer a much wider perspective. They're able to see past cases of what has worked and what has not worked. One thing we can say for sure is that the job market is constantly changing. Back in the day, it was a different ballgame. If you posted a job online in the early 2000s, fewer people would apply for it. Nowadays, everyone applies online, and it has become fully saturated. The best progress in the job search process relies on networks, referrals, internal resume databases, or other means. When you apply online, you're competing against 100% of the talent pool as just another name for the hiring manager to skim over. If you don’t understand the importance of networking, you may wonder why you're not successful and feel like a failure. A career coach can keep you level-headed and focused on your action plan while providing proven guidance that works.

Benefit #5: Accessible to individuals

The fifth benefit of having career coaches is that they're accessible to the little guys. Career coaches have existed for a while now, but have not always been accessible to the common person. The age of the Internet has made these services more accessible. For example, when a major company lays off many people, they contract with outplacement services to help them land other jobs. However, most businesses out there are small or medium enterprises. If you're not working at a big company that offers outplacement services, then you may struggle to have a successful transition because there is no one out there to help you.

Some may think a headhunter would offer valuable advice. However, headhunters are primarily focused on senior executive positions, as the percentage commission is much higher. If you are not shooting for a position in the executive suite, it's more difficult to convince a headhunter to make an effort for you. If your sought-after salary isn't high, then there is less reason for them to spend energy on landing you on a successful placement.

Benefit #6: Learn the system

The sixth and final benefit is that career coaches can teach you a system you can use over and over again. Learning the best practices can save you a lot of time. For example, if you want to switch your career several times in the next few years, it is possible because you learn how to apply a system that you can use repeatedly.

A good career coach that teaches interviewing techniques will also teach you how to answer career switch questions specifically, depending on if it's a functional, industry, or double switch. Answers to these questions need to be well thought out to show the hiring manager that you are considering your career switch seriously and why he or she should take a chance on you.

Conclusion

If you're ready to do a career switch, I would recommend you do three things. Number one, I would say go download my PDF that teaches you how to find your ideal career through four simple steps. The second thing is to take my free personality test that will give you a good outline of what your personality is like and what job is a good fit for you. If you haven't already, make sure you join my Facebook group where you can network with like-minded individuals who are interested in advancing their careers.

 

 

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