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You may be wondering if you need a career coach and if the investment is worth it in the end. I'll provide information from Muse.com and address some frequently asked questions to help you decide if a career coach is right for you.
A Career Coach Can Personalize Your Career Plan
Per the Muse.com, Professional career coaches are skilled and trained in helping you create a personalized plan designed to meet your goals. So, while you can definitely unearth a ton of great material online—resume templates, cover letter tips, sample interview questions—you’ll get advice and information tailored specifically to your needs when you work with an expert.
Following a thorough assessment of your strengths, he or she will typically guide you through a series of questions about your unique situation to make sure you have a strong understanding of why you’re unhappy in your current role or why you might prefer a large company over a small startup. A good one will help you put into words not only what your goals are but how you can best achieve them.
A Career Coach Can’t Instantly Get You a Job
Career coaches are not magicians; they don’t promise you’ll be hired after an interview, and they don’t guarantee job placement. I can’t stress this point enough: The results of your sessions depend on the effort you devote to the process. This person is an ally, a trained professional who is familiar with your situation and dedicated to your success. He or she is there to help you identify goals, find or rekindle your passion, give you a competitive edge in your job search—with expert advice on crafting an excellent resume and cover letter—boost your confidence, and enable you to move forward in your career. If it’s a new job you’re after, your advisor will set you on the path to obtaining it.
Hiring a coach does come with a price tag, but the long-term benefits it can reap will hopefully make you happy that you invested. We are talking about your career after all, the next 40 or so years of your life!