Career Coach: Friend or Foe?

Michelle Yao

Michelle Yao

A Career Coach? Not until recently did I even know that such a person existed. Sports Coach, yes. Life Coach, sure. But Career Coach? Hmm, what an interesting idea. And why wouldn’t it be.

Most of us recognize the benefits of having a coach. As children in sports leagues/clubs we came to rely on them as trusted advisors, strategists and often times our own personal cheerleaders. So why not have someone who can talk with you and strategize about what is the best career for you and how you can get the job you want.

My experience with a career coach was nothing but positive. My coach met with me once a week for an hour, we explored my strengths, challenges and discussed what my career goals were. It was great to have someone to bounce ideas off of and discuss my opportunities and challenges with. She was emotionally supportive of the trials and tribulations that come with job searching and served as a fantastic sounding board. Especially during my more trying times I found having a career coach in my corner made the difference.

It is not surprising then that I would say quite openly that for me having a career coach is invaluable when you are in transition and assessing what your next steps are. We have trainers for the gym, tutors for school, why not have a professional who can help equip us with tools and skills to get the job we want. A Career Coach helps you with things like resume preparation, editing cover letters, networking, developing your LinkedIn profile and preparing you for interviews. They are a valuable asset when approaching the question of what do I want to do and what will I enjoy doing. If you’ve never thought to connect with one, I highly recommend it. Who knows, you might be surprised with what you discover about yourself and what you want your career to look like.

Happy searching friends!

Related Pages:

What Are Your Career Objectives for 2013? by Geraldine Sangalang, CHRP

Keeping Your Resume Current: Don’t Just Wait Until You’re Job Searching by Michelle Yao

Morale – Small Steps to Success by Bonnie Milne, PhD

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