How to determine if a career coach is good of you

Very often job-seekers look for a career coach from whom they would draw inspiration and direction. These career coaches would be seasoned people who can help the job-seeker recognize their own potential through self-analysisof their strengths-weaknesses and their aptitude. However, it often happens that the job-seeker is unable to find a suitable career coach, and the mistake in choosing the right one sometimes can prove very costly.

This is why it is imperative that you find and get attached to a career guide of quality in the first place. In case you already have one, or about to sign with one, listen to your gut feelings when you talk with him/her and pay close attention to what you feel.

Do you feel at ease and confident when you talk with him/her? Do you feel irritated? Do you feel that you are intimidated? Do you feel he/she is insightful?

Check out some of the more obvious danger signals that might later on prove costly to your career and make the necessary changes in time:

Criticism every career guide and career coach would offer some amount of criticism and this is great because it shows you where you are going wrong; it also gives you scope to improve. This is constructive criticism. However, there is its counterpart, i.e. destructive criticism as well. If you feel that the criticism meted out to you by your career guide is intimidating and belittling then, this is a definitely sign that the present coach is not for you.

Materialistic while it is true that coaching is a profession and a means of income, a good career coach would never make it obvious. A relationship of commitment and dedication to your success is likely to set in when the career coach is a real professional. If you feel that the coach is doing the job just for the money then he/she is not the right one for you.

Great work vs Guaranteed results achieving the job-seekers goal is never easy. Hence, guaranteeing results or overshooting with promising and under-delivering is not good news. You need someone who would be realistic in his/ her forecast and strategy and prepare you for both failure (which you will have a fair share of) and success. confidence is good; overconfidence is poison.

Credentials you will need to check out all that he/ she says to you. Their credentials, their present clients, their references, etc. Each thing is important because you would not want to get stuck with a person who looks impressive, but in realty is not even a fraction of what he/she projects.

Lost in the profession there are people who catch on to the job of a career coach when they find no other alternative in their own job-seeking. This breed is the most dangerous of all because they think they can manage being a career coach and in the process play with your career and life. Unfortunately, this breed is quite difficult to smell because he/she would be very careful and thorough in his/her effort to convince you that they are the best there could be; if you are not careful you might easily fall for their ruse. Always ask for previous References, proof of delivery (satisfied clients), certificate(s) of coaching courses, etc.

Brainwashers the duty of the career guide is to open your eyes to the best possibilities you can have. For this purpose, he/she would use your inherent talents, aptitude tests, discussions, academic background, extra-curricular activities and so on. Now, if you were great at economics, and the career coach would say that you should rather go into the line of nursing because it pays great and has excellent prospects of growth, then you are in touch with the brainwashing type. It is true that in case you are aiming for a wrong career and your aptitude shows you are better elsewhere, the career coachs duty is to steer you towards your right calling. When this is done, you would actually feel relieved with the new direction. If you feel confused, suffocated and overwhelmed, the new line you are following (your new career) is not the right one; neither is your career coach.

Permanency having a career coach is great; because you would be able to draw inspiration, courage, purpose of action , guidance, etc.

There are times when you need one very badly, and there would be times when you can manage on your own. Beware of those coaches who sell themselves for long period contracts. The best would be to have your coach on a monthly retainer or per consultation.

Finally try the electronic job search organiser. Whilst is is not a Career Coach it can help you a lot in making sure you are getting ahead in your job search

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