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02/20/07
Career consultant, Coach: Do you need one?
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mentoring, First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 7:18 pm

Another nice article by Perri Capell is a Q & A: 
“What’s the best way to pick a career counselor
or coach?”

Before one asks this question, one might ask–
do I need a consultant or coach to work with? 
Maybe I do.

Some very basic questions to help you decide
would be:

Is the resume I wrote understandable to others
who are in the field?

Is the resume attracting attention, so that you
are receiving interviews?

Are you receiving interviews but not receiving
job offers?

Do you not know where to even begin?  Where
a company can use your skills?

Are you familiar with the following trends–
- employers will look for tech savvy people
who will implement and improve how things
are done (to improve the bottom line)
- employers will look for continuing efficiencies
to get more done with fewer people.  If a
person is not enjoying work and excelling,
their time may be short at the company.
- employers want to have employees do things
their way which often leads to training and 
development so that they can grow their 
own talent.  Willingness to learn new things
or new ways is essential.
- various workplace tactics to keep
knowledgeable people, allow some 
employees to come and leave after only a
short stay and find as many experts or
agents to do things that they are not expert
in will continue to expand (job-hopping,
off-shoring, flex-time, telecommuting, etc.)

If your response is less than satisfactory in
any of these, then you might need a consultant
or coach for help and suggestions.

Perri talks about the difference between
coaches and counselors.  Counselors help
a person define a career path or job search
strategies.  Coaches generally focus on
specific aspects of careers, like resume
feedback or suggestions for successful
interviewing.  There are some grey areas,
like changing careers

The article points to commercial, fee-based
coaching.  However, one of the terrific benefits
of the ACS is free– service by members who
serve other members as career consultants. 
In this program you get help from people
in your field.  Is this a no-brainer, or what?

Once you have decided to seek a coach or
consultant, what things should you consider?

1. Think about what you believe you need.
2. Be flexible about how you can work together
to match your needs.
3. Good coaches/consultants work as equals
with you to solve your problem, rather than acting
as “experts” who pass on knowledge.
4. Advice, opinions, and suggestions are
freely offered;  YOU are the one who is
ultimately responsible and chooses to accept or not.
5. Good coaches/consultants make requests
to promote desirable outcomes, not to fix a
previous problem.
6. A trusting relationship is the foundation of
coaching.  Hopefully, it is a growing and
mutually satisfying respect.
7. It usually involves mutual learning, as well
as offering of ideas, information and
judgments that are personal.
8. The final success is achieved by the
member who takes actions and creates
direction and formulates decision with
counsel from a coach.
9. References are useful, sometimes,
but there is a certain ‘positive energy’ and
chemistry that happens in successful tandoms.

Dan

 

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