Perhaps you have heard that you should have a career coach, but you have pooh-poohed the idea. You may feel that you are doing perfectly fine by yourself, and you don’t need to spend the money on professional assistance. But that decision may be costing you more than you think.
Here are some of the excuses that people use to talk themselves out of getting the career management assistance that they need:
1) I don’t want to tell someone else my business. How can you get help if you don’t open up? If you are struggling with managing your career or with finding another job, a good career coach can give you sound advice and keep you from getting tunnel vision. A good career coach can also give you objective feedback that you would not otherwise have.
2) Something will change soon. Depending on external circumstances as a career strategy is not a good career move. Hoping that your boss will promote you or that some recruiter will appear out of the blue to save you from your career rut is risky business. Although these things do happen sometimes, waiting for them to happen could mean waiting in vain. Crafting a strategic career management plan with a career coach is a much better option.
3) My company is looking out for me. Are they? Most companies are looking out for themselves, not their workers. Putting your career destiny in the hands of your company can be dangerous. Even if you happen to be in a really good situation at this point in your career, who knows what will happen tomorrow? Your company could go through a merger, and you could find yourself in a totally different company than the one that you are in now. By working with a career coach you can be proactive, and not put yourself totally at the mercy of your company.
4) I don’t know who to trust. It certainly is true that not all career coaches are the same. You may have a good experience with one and a disastrous experience with another. That is why you need to do your due diligence. Just because there are some bad apples when it comes to career coaches is not a good reason to give up on all career coaches. You have to do your research and find one who is a good fit for you.
5) What can a career coach tell me that I don’t already know? A skilled career coach will be current in the field and will be able to give you career guidance that you would not have on your own. A career coach can guide you through the maze of a changed job search landscape, assisting you with maximizing your network (both on and offline), exploring your career options in depth, and helping you negotiate for what you are worth in the marketplace.
So what’s your excuse? Call a career coach today to find out what you are missing. Call 877-743-9521 now!