13 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Career Coach

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13 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Career Coach : Before I started my job as a career coach, I spent years stuck in the wrong type of work. Feeling dissatisfied and scared on Mondays is a standard part of life as far as I’m concerned because I have bills to pay and not much direction or confidence to take my career to the next level.

After years of feeling like I was just moving and not really living life, I finally found my true passion and mustered up the courage to dive into the world of entrepreneurship. Little did I know at the time, this was what the doctor ordered to start enjoying life more.

Luckily I found a way to turn my experience into an opportunity. Had I not done so, I fear I might still be stuck in the career I dread to this day like many of the professionals I meet regularly.

You can try to take advantage of the many available resources to uncover new career paths and jobs, but don’t overlook the possibility of working with an expert when it comes to finding your life goals and creating a plan of attack to achieve them.

Working with a career coach can be just what you need if you want to get to know yourself, your dream job and how to make it happen so you spend more time living and less time moving.

So how do you know it’s time to work with an expert to get your career on track? Here are 13 signs it’s time to hire a career coach.

You don’t know what you want when you grow up…

Without a definite career path, plan, or self-assessment, any job change would be treated like buying a lottery ticket (not great)! A career coach can help uncover your skills, strengths, and even the career path that suits you best. If you feel like jumping from job to job with a little fun, maybe it’s time to really understand the opportunities in which you will thrive.

You know what you want to do next, but you don’t know how to get there…

If you are lucky enough to know your next move, consider yourself ahead of the game! The only thing you need now is to take the right action to achieve it. Unless you’ve successfully changed careers before, the “how to” part requires a specific strategy.

If you’re not in the right position to make the right move based on your current experience, a career coach can help you plan to make the right career move in the meantime. If you are ready to make the move, a career coach or job search coach can also help in this aspect.

You are a planner and don’t want to leave anything to chance…

With so much to do with job search and career development, second chances are rare and timing is everything. Because there are so many resources available to job seekers, it’s not uncommon to train clients with lots of questions.

In addition, many parts of the job search (network, interviews, etc.) rely on people who require deeper analysis when making certain decisions and steps. This is where a career coach can be very useful. Talk about easy breathing knowing you’ve made your best moves at the right time thanks to expert insight.

You’re sick of taking the wrong chances and want to make sure your next move is the right one…

If you feel like your job is a reaction to necessity rather than a strategic move, this may be a sign you’re putting together a resume full of random jobs (which won’t help tell your career story for the work you actually do). want to). Before jumping on to the next job that comes your way, you may want to hunker down and work with an expert to really get strategic so you can get your career on track.

Are you thinking of looking for a new job in the next 6 months to a year…

Job search takes time and waiting until the last minute to start preparing or searching can be a fatal mistake. Employers take time to recruit and will usually wait to make the right hire, not if they hire the wrong candidate to fill a vacancy. A career coach can help by assessing your current professional state and making plans to achieve your future goals. A coach is also great for helping you stay accountable along the way (not lazy)!

You don’t have a strong network & need help building it…

Making strategic contacts also takes time as there is never a guarantee that a contact will be available to connect with or even interested in (in which case you need a backup contact). A career coach can help you expand your network in the right direction as well as provide strategic insight on how to open doors and start conversations geared towards landing your dream job.

You have lots of questions and need lots of answers…

There are many career resources out there, but sadly, there is no one-size-fits-all advice. Everything about your career and job search will be unique to your situation. Career coaches are great to have in times of uncertainty when you’re wondering who to call, when, and especially to know what to say.

You spend all your time online…

Enough said. The online landscape is vast and has the potential to be a tremendous time-sucking black hole. If you spend all your time online, you may need a career coach to turn things around and generate more high-value activities in your job search or career planning.

You’re wasting a lot of time that you don’t have, trying to figure it out…

Life gets hectic, especially if you try to move around while working full time. If you know you need to move but your calendar is tight, it may be time to hire the help of a career coach. The coaching process, although time-consuming and requires client assignments, will be 100% focused on only strategic activities designed to help you make serious traction.

The thought of trying to figure out what you want to do causes paralysis…

The worst thing you can do if you’re feeling stressed about your career, is nothing. However, “nothing,” is what will happen if you are one of those people who tends to shut down when there’s too much work to do. Since career planning isn’t second nature, a career coach can provide tremendous added value in helping you get clear and get the wheels moving.

You start to lose hope and wonder if there is a perfect job…

Hope for the future is very important in a job search but tends to be insufficient when I meet job seekers who have been stuck for months or even years. Losing hope is the first step down the slippery slope to all sorts of side effects that are sure to knock you down completely. Depression, weight gain, and low self-esteem are just a few of the side effects you may face if you start to lose hope in finding a job.

Having a career coach by your side can be more than just a career changer. This can be a lifesaver when it comes to serious symptoms of career “desperation”. If you know someone who has reached this point, encourage them to hire the help of a coach who can lift, encourage, and really bring the spirit of loving guidance to the table.

You know you can’t do it alone…

Going out looking for work alone is probably the worst thing you can do if you are someone who likes to have support in an area where you are struggling. Career coaches are great partners in crime (suffice it to say).

You want to make a big change in your career path…

A career change requires more than just creating an updated resume. Making the jump from rocket scientist to marketing diva requires a very specific strategy and a career coach will help you define it. One of the biggest challenges in a career change is knowing how to build your career story with attention to relevant details.

In my experience, career changers in every industry have a hard time knowing this. Don’t miss this valuable opportunity to submit the right application for the first time. Find a career coach who can make you shine!