Why are career changing and job searching so hard?
At work you have: Boredom. Politics. Work-Life Balance. Unrealistic Company Expectations. No Advancement. Pay issues. Layoffs.
In the Job Search you face: Networking. Resumes. Online Job Searches. Lack of time. A gap on your resume. No response back from employers. Lack of experience/Job requirements you don’t have.
You need a change, BUT you don’t know how to make it happen.
First, you have to figure out what you want.
Big company? Little company? My own boss?
Accountant? Veterinarian? Yoga Teacher? Financial Analyst?
That’s the career exploration part of career counseling, which often includes:
– Career Assessments: Help exploring your aptitudes using various career assessment tools, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Strong-Interest Inventory, SkillScan, CareerLeader, etc. (each coach has his/her own approach), and working with a career coach to understand how to apply that to the marketplace.
– Career Exploration: Help identifying which careers exist that might suit your aptitudes and interests. This may involve helping you understand resources for career research, preparations for informational interviews, and analysis of various career paths to see if they would actually fit you.
Then, you have to figure out how to sell yourself.
Although career counseling is NOT a job placement service, career coaches can offer:
– Resume Preparation: Review and editing of your resume to best position you for the career you want.
– Social Media Career Management: Review of your social media presence (LinkedIn, your public Facebook page, etc.) to ensure that prospective employers see you in the best light
– Interview Practice: Help preparing for common interview questions, either on the phone or in person
– Job Search Support: Advice and support as you navigate your job search; ideas for overcoming obstacles and strategies for a tough job market.
Help is here, and a job change is possible.
Which coach is right for your situation? It depends on many factors: your interests; your location; your schedule availability; your needs in the career coaching process. If you want us to recommend someone for you, please fill out the CoachFinder questionnaire. We’ll choose someone based on those factors, and you can have an exploratory phone call first to see if you think it’s a fit.