WHY HIRE A CAREER COACH?
You may be wondering why you should hire a career coach, particularly if you have been successful in your career thus far.
Consider these points:
- The job market is worse now than it has been in the last 26 years. The national unemployment now stands at 9.7%, and the ranks of the unemployed are swelling (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/unemployment-rate-jumps-to-26-year-high-of-97-2009-09-04). Employers are shedding jobs faster than they are creating new ones. That means the competition for jobs has increased significantly since this recession began.
- The traffic to job boards has skyrocketed. Traffic to job search sites, for instance, grew 51 percent in January from the same month a year earlier, according to comScore Media Metrix. (Traffic on Job Websites Jumps, Scripps News, March 13, 2009, http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/41702)
- At the same time that traffic to job boards has increased, the number of postings has dropped. Despite the boom in traffic, many recruitment sites are taking a financial hit. Many charge employers to post openings, a far less frequent activity in these days of hiring freezes and layoffs. Indeed.com, a major job board, found that there were 119,171 postings for the accounting industry in January, down 53 percent from a year earlier. Postings in technology were down 43 percent to 395,629. The sectors that held up the best were health care, which was down 8 percent to 581,625 postings, and education, in which postings fell 9 percent to 62,933. (Traffic on Job Websites Jumps, Scripps News, March 13, 2009, http://www.scrippsnews.com/node/41702)
- “Executives in a job search now expect to spend an average of 10.1 months searching for their next position regardless of their employment status,” according to ExecuNet, a job board and networking site for senior level executives. (http://www.execunet.com/m_releases_content.cfm?id=4291)
What should you look for in a career coach? Here are a few tips from CNN Money:
- Credentials Choose a coach who has formal training in coaching.
Cheryl Palmer is a certified executive career coach with training from the Career Coach Institute as well as a certified professional resume writer with credentials from the Professional Association of Resume Writers.
- Credibility Your coach should be active and visible in the industry.
Cheryl has been quoted in the following media outlets: The Wall Street Journal, CNN, MarketWatch, The Ladders, ExecuNet, and HotJobs.
- Testimonials A good coach will provide you with references from past clients.
Cheryl´s testimonials are publicly available on her LinkedIn page at http://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylpalmer.
- Fees You should know how much you will be paying up front.
All fees are listed on Call to Career´s website at http://www.calltocareer.com/store/
*Taken from the article How to Find the Right Career Coach, CNN Money, August 5, 2008
What are some areas that you might discuss in a career coaching session?
- Career change
- How to search for a job more effectively in a tight market
- Interviewing skills
- Salary negotiation
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