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What Does a Career Coach Do?

career coachingYou may have heard the term ‘career coach,’ but you wonder, "What is a career coach?“What can career coaching do for me?”

A career coach is someone who can help you in your career—either to advance, to secure a new job, or to transition into a new position. A coach can also be someone who helps you with starting your own business. These are broad categories.

Here are some specific things a good career coach can do for you:

Job Search Documents

  • Improve your Resume
  • Develop a 30-60-90-Day Plan
  • Create a Brag Book

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Five Ways You Can Nail Your Winter Job Hunt

job hunt tipsIt can be very tempting to shut down, or slow down, your job search during the winter months. However, companies are hiring. Now is not the time for you to stop creating perfect resumes that get you hired. Here are five things to keep in mind while you are on your job hunt.

1. Use Social Events to Your Advantage

You don’t have to rely solely on professional networking events in order to make business connections. Any conversation could lead to work-related topics, so you always need to have a professional mindset to be ready if the opportunity arises. Don’t discount the people you know, from casual friends to industry colleagues. You never know where a conversation could lead, and who your associates might know.

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Social Media Makeover: What to Do Before You Start Hunting

optimize linkedin profileBelieve it or not, the majority of employers will review your social media profiles before hiring you. Social media used to be just a fun way to communicate with friends online, but since it’s been booming in recent years, recruiters are also utilizing social media. It basically gives employers free access to see how you interact with others, how clearly you communicate ideas and what you do when you’re not at work. LinkedIn is one of the most popular platforms recruiters use so you need to learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile before you get on the job hunt!

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What Is a Career Coach?

what is a career coachWhat is a career coach? A career coach is someone who helps you be better and stronger at all those things that are critical to your career success.

We don’t learn those things in school. In school, we learn the technical knowledge we need to do the job, but we don’t typically learn those skills we need to GET the job we want.

(A quick seminar on resume writing or interviewing through your college career center is nice, but doesn’t actually get you that far.)

So what kinds of things would a career coach address with you?

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56 Year Old (No College Degree) Lands 6 Figure Job

6 figure salary jobI wanted to share this with you to encourage you in your job search. If you're reading job listings and wondering how you're going to get hired, or if you're applying for jobs and getting no response, this is for you.

Tim had only a high-school diploma and was 56 years old. He applied for many jobs online but didn't get any interviews from that and he was terrified.

Did he have to go back to school? Did he have to take a lesser-paying job? No and No.

He only souped up his job search and interview skills - and got a 6-figure job offer! It's a great story:

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Are You Limiting Your Job Search Potential?

job search tipsWhile no one intentionally wants to sell themselves short, it is unfortunately a common aspect of human behavior. This isn’t always the result of low self-esteem. Sometimes this happens as a result of developing bad habits and getting stuck in them for too long. Case in point: your resume. Quite a few people struggle with their job search for months, only to visit professional resume writers and learn their resume is the majority of the problem! Your resume is supposed to help your chances of finding work, not hinder it! Here are a few ways you can help yourself.

Don’t View Your Accomplishments Through the Wrong Lens

Many people think of their accomplishments from previous jobs as being the general responsibilities associated with them. This is not only false, but downplays your own unique skills tremendously. Never list your basic duties under your accomplishments! Rather, think about what you did for the position that no one else could.Think about what impact you left upon the previous companies you’ve worked for and anything you’ve received commendation for. This is worth mentioning. It provides potential employers with an excellent picture of what kind of employee you’ll be and why you’re worth bringing aboard over everyone else looking for the same position.

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How to Get Back in the Job Market After a Long Absence

how to get a job after a long absenceHave you not worked in a while? Whether it's because you've been laid off or took time off to care for children or family members, it can be difficult to get back in the job search and secure an offer. But there is a way.

You can secure multiple interviews and overcome any employer's doubts about you, like this job seeker did:

I [directly contacted] CEOs and [got] personal responses back that led to more interviews than I can handle.

I also have used the closing of "now that we've talked how do you see me fitting the role and what concerns do you have?"

[A] hiring manager ... had one concern which is that the job is in NYC and there was a bias in the market that you needed to be from NYC to run a market there. That gave me a chance to give examples of how I have tackled similar challenges and when I spoke with HR in a follow up I found I had overcome the objection.

I have also used the 90 day plan which gave me great confidence.

I took almost two years off from work and was concerned about getting back in the game...your recommendations totally changed my job search and stirred up a ton of activity. Thank you.

-Name Withheld

If you are in the job search after an absence for whatever reason, you can get a great job. To do this, you need to:

  • Bring a 30-60-90-Day Plan to lessen the 'risk' of hiring you and help them see your value

I highly encourage you to brush up on your job search skills and learn what strategies and tips will really set you apart in today's job search:

Attend one of Career Confidential's Free, Live Job Training Webinars.

 

The Halo Effect of a Quantified Resume

Halo Effect Resume Job SearchI've utilized the halo effect in my recruiting business for years, and it’s something you can use to give yourself a big advantage in your job search.

What is the ‘Halo Effect?’

The Halo Effect happens when we get an impression in one area that influences what we think of another area.

For example, we may assume that someone we think is attractive is also smart, kind, funny, or a good person. Or, we may see someone who’s good at something, and we assume that they’re also good at other things, or have a good personality.

The Halo Effect is the bias that’s created from those first impressions. It’s the reason that first impressions are so powerful.

Now that you know what it is and how it works, how can you make it work in your favor in a job search?

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How to Find a Career Coach

how to find a good career coachYou may realize that you want to work with a career coach for all the benefits you’ll gain from it—but how do you find the right coach for you?

Here’s a list of things to consider when searching for and deciding on a career coach:

  • Know What You Want to Get Out of Coaching

Do you need a Coach or do you need a Counselor?

In general, counselors will fall more heavily on the side of helping you determine which career path to take…what job you should do, what would make you happy, etc.

On the other hand, a Career Coach will tend to focus more on the here and now tools you need…how to get the job you want, how to market yourself, how to advance, etc.

  • What Kind of Coach are You Looking For?

You absolutely want someone with experience in coaching. No one wants to be the guinea pig for someone just starting out.

You may also want to consider finding someone with specific experience in your field. In some cases, their specialty knowledge can be invaluable.

  • How to Find the Right Person

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The Most Effective 30-60-90-Day Plan for Job Interviews

effective 30 60 90 day plan

Creating a 30-60-90-day plan for your job interview is a wonderful idea—but not all 30-60-90-day plans are equal. I’ve seen a lot of free plans online that are worth about as much as you pay for them (nothing!). These plans can help you crush your interview, but you must have a smart, strategic, effective plan.

What makes a truly effective 30 60 90 day plan?

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Questions to Ask a Career Coach Before You Hire Them

career coach questionsChoosing the right career coach is important. How can you make sure that you are choosing a career coach with the right match of personality, skill sets, and experience for you?

Do your research and get a few questions answered before you commit to time with a coach.

What kinds of things do you want to know? (You may be able to find some of these answers on their websites or LinkedIn profiles, rather than by asking them directly.)

What is your field of expertise?

If you're in a specialized field, it makes sense to find a coach who understands your field and has experience in it. It also makes sense to find a coach with experience in helping people reach the goal you want to reach (getting the job, getting the promotion, etc.).

What are your credentials?

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Is Career Coaching Worth It?

is a career coach worth the moneySo…you’re in a job search, tight on money and worried about the future. Is hiring a career coach worth the investment of money or time?

Well, you could ask a client I recently coached…he received a job offer for somewhere he really wanted to work, but was a little dismayed at the salary they offered him. He contacted me (a career coach) to ask what to do.

I worked with him for an hour total on coming up with a counter offer that he felt comfortable with, and he ended up with a salary $50,000 higher than what he was originally offered.

How’s that for a return on investment?

Granted, that’s an extreme case…but I’ve worked with many, many people over the years who benefited in significant ways from coaching.

One person had no trouble getting interviews, but she never received an offer…until I role-played an interview with her and discovered that she was bringing up salary and compensation way too early in the process. It scared interviewers away from her, even though she was extremely qualified. As soon as she stopped doing that, she got an offer. She might have gone months or even years before she got hired…so that coaching time earned her thousands of dollars.

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Creating a 30-60-90-Day Plan that Wins the Job Offer

creating a 30 60 90 day planCreating a 30-60-90-day plan is a fantastic way to stand out from your competition in a hiring process. I’ve seen it help people with less experience (or zero experience) beat out others with substantial experience. I’ve seen it boost the value of job offers for those who bring it. I’ve even seen it help job seekers get offers for bigger titles and more senior roles than what they actually interviewed for. It really is kind of an interview miracle worker.

However (there’s always a catch, right?)…some job seekers have said to me, “I don’t know what you’re talking about…I took a plan and didn’t get the job.”

I respond, “Let me see your plan.”

Almost without fail, I see one of two problems:

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How Technology Can Improve Your Job Search

job search technologyAs you and nearly everyone else in the world have realized and are experiencing as we speak, technology has drastically changed the way people interact with one another. This goes not only for casual conversation, such as through social media, but through the way customers and businesses interact and even how people seek out jobs.

If you’re a senior-level professional on the hunt for a new position, you’re probably taking in just how much job hunting has changed since the last time you had to look for work. However, many of the changes delivered by technology are quite beneficial to job seekers!

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8 Reasons to Hire a Career Coach

hire a career coachThe list of reasons to hire a career coach is as long as the number of people with careers. Everyone has their own story, their own issues and obstacles, and their own needs.

However, hiring a coach can give you distinct advantages in a number of areas that many of us could benefit from in our job searching and career paths.

When should you consider getting a coach?

  • You’ve been job searching for a while with no luck.

Many a job seeker is making mistakes they don’t even realize. Sometimes it’s a resume problem. Sometimes it’s how you’re coming across in interviews. Sometimes you’re not marketing yourself well online.

If you’ve been searching with no luck and you’ve already tried some changes that aren’t working, it’s time to call in an expert to diagnose the problem and give you a solution that WILL work.

  • You are transitioning to a new career.

A coach with experience in the field you want to enter is the perfect resource to help you market and present yourself to potential employers. They can help you decide how to present your experience in a way that makes sense and appeals to hiring managers in that arena.

  • You have a difficult situation in your past that you have no idea how to talk about with potential employers.

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