Building a successful career is very hard and today’s competitive market is not making it any easier. There are only a few fields which candidate or employee can choose from many different options of development and companies that are willing to create the best environment to grow. Let’s also not forget that the majority of workers are not exactly happy about their job – they either made a wrong choice or were forced by circumstances to abandon their dreams and now they don’t know how to change anything.

Career coaching is something that might be helpful in their situation.

What exactly is career coaching?

It’s discipline between coaching and counseling, focused on supporting people in making decision about their career. The idea is to help find tools that can be helpful in looking for change – resume, cover letters, social media or anything else that can work for the client. Career coach is also looking at his or her candidate’s psychological predispositions and encourages clients to be honest with themselves about what they really need and what they are really doing.

During coaching sessions, the client and the coach are looking at what the client has done so far to achieve success. Did he even start doing anything, or was only dreaming and now is ready to go? Maybe she is making the same mistake over and over again, i.e. sending an old copy of the resume that now looks unprofessional?

Coaches also use variety of tools to help client understand his or her needs – personality test or survey regarding professional interests. They can also use a method of playing out some scenes to help client gain more confidence and assertiveness.

At the end of a session, the client often receives homework or is asked to create a task for him- or herself. At the next meeting, the client and the coach are reviewing what has been done and what the outcome of the actions was.

It is important to note that career coach is not looking for job for their clients. They are not wiring CVs or searching through ads. That of course would be great, but this is not the point. Recruiters would not present a candidate who was not motivated enough to even write resume on his own. A coach’s job is to help his client find new ways and possibilities, not to go this way instead of him.

Very important factor is to tell apparat coaching and therapy. It is possible that a client who is unhappy and has problems finding motivation to do anything might have bigger issues that need attention, such as dysthymia, persistent depressive disorder or other mood disorders. Good coach should be able to recognize this and direct his client to a more qualified specialist.

But can’t this job of encouraging and supporting be done by someone else, for example, a friend? Well, it can on some level. The difference is that a coach is someone far enough from us to be comfortable with telling us even the bitter truth. Also, coaches with formal training are qualified to assess psychological test, something that cannot be done without education and experience.  A coach will also have more knowledge about current “do’s and don’ts” in recruitment and career development fields.

Who can benefit from career coaching? Not only managers from big name companies. This service can be even more effective for people who struggle in their career and are stuck at small companies without growth, people with disabilities, mothers who don’t know how to get back into workforce after a long maternity leave any many other groups.

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