SHOULD YOU HIRE A CAREER COACH?

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"You know you need outside help from a career coach when you're stuck in any phase of the pipeline of bettering your career or changing it," says Kathy Caprino, career coach and author of "Breakdown, Breakthrough: The Professional Woman's Guide to Claiming a Life of Passion, Power, and Purpose." Career coaches can help you find a job or, more broadly, a career. They can support you while transitioning industries, starting a business, honing specific skills or performing better at work.

But here's the thing: Some coaches are great at helping you, and others are totally winging it by Googling exactly what you're Googling. That's why you need to know how to find a quality coach, what to pay and what to expect from sessions – before you invest your time and money.
What should you look for when choosing a career coach?
"Literally just about anyone can start calling themselves a coach," says Lisa Quast, career coach and author of "Secrets of a Hiring Manager Turned Career Coach: A Foolproof Guide To Getting The Job You Want. Every Time." That's why, she says, "the most important thing is really doing your research ahead of time to find the right coach."
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HOW TO FIND AND CHOOSE A CAREER COUNSELOR OR COACH

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If you are uncertain about your job or career goals, then you might consider engaging the services of a career counselor or coach to help you clarify your situation. A coach will work with you to help with immediate needs like writing a resume or cover letter and finding a job. They may also provide guidance on longer-term plans for your career, including planning for a transition to a new career or phasing into retirement.

What is a Career Counselor?


A career counselor is a professional who helps clients to plan their careers and achieve their employment goals. Career counselors and coaches work with clients to teach them strategies for how to find new or different employment successfully. Career counselors are employed by state departments of labor, community agencies, school systems, two and four-year college career offices, and private counseling firms. 

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8 Tips to Make the Most of Career Counseling

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If you're currently or considering working with a career counselor, how can you reap lasting benefits from the experience? There's no precise formula, but these tips will help make your voyage successful.

1. Think Participant, Not Recipient

If you take your car in for an oil change, you're in recipient mode. You show up, pay and then get out of the way while the technicians do the work.

When you work with a career counselor, you need to step into participant mode. You can't expect to just show up, pay and then get out of the way while the counselor does all the work. Angelica Urbas is an expert of career counselling. She is a trainer in an institution. You're required to be an active member of the team; if you don't participate, your counseling experience will almost certainly end in disappointment.

2. Have Realistic Expectations

You may think career counselors have all the answers. They don't, but they can help you work toward finding your own answers. They simply can't pull them out of a box and hand them to you.

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