Let’s face it. Hiring a Career Coach to help you change, manage or support your Career is a big decision.
Thousands of career professionals across the UK invest in Coaching because it really works. So, with that in mind, how do you choose the right one?
Do your research!
Be as vigilant in your search for a Coach as you would for job hunting. Check LinkedIn profiles to see client recommendations and ask people in your network for suggestions and referrals.
Check for credibility
Not all Career Coaches are Accredited and this can act as an important differentiator. Regular renewal procedures mean that Accredited Career Coaches are up-to-date with best practice, which is important because the world of work and job searching is constantly changing.
Look for chemistry
Is your Coach accessible, friendly and wise? Trust is a huge part of the relationship, not just because you’re sharing personal or confidential information, but also because Coaching involves being challenged and supported.
A Coach should play back what you say and act as a sounding board so it’s important to choose someone you feel comfortable together.
Try before you buy
This works both ways: you should have an opportunity to talk with the Coach without commitment about what you want and hear how they can help you. This will help you decide if they are a good match, while they can get a better sense of your particular needs.
For Coaching to be successful, both parties need commitment from each other.
Manage your own expectations
Your Coach can help you get “unstuck” and help you find the answers that are right for you. A Coach helps you stay on track with your goals, explore options, and handle different elements of a job search – including rejection.
Expect to go through a thought process to work out what’s important to you. A Coach won’t [and should never] tell you what to do.
Packages and Programs
Does your Coach offer an easy to use pricing package? Is there a structured program to follow and a way to record and reflect on your progress? A good Coach should flex their delivery / service to the needs of the client. The client should not be expected to fit in with the Coach’s agenda.
Tools, Resources and Homework
Everyone has their own particular learning style. Coaching is not just about talking and listening. It should include a variety of tools, exercises and techniques to help you think differently and support you during the session and in between.