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5 Signs You Need A Career Coach

"Why do I need a career coach?"

As a career coach, it might not surprise you that this is a question I hear a lot. A career coach helps their clients discern their core values, interests and strengths through a variety of interactive exercises, assessments, and client "homework." In short, they help you make the most of your career journey.

Here are 5 signs you might need a career coach:

1)you continuously Apply To Jobs and Hear Nothing back.

There are a number of potential reasons why you are applying to jobs and hearing nothing back.

Here are a few:

  • Your resume is not getting through applicant tracking systems.

  • Your resume might not have enough keywords.

  • Your resume isn't worthy of an interview they way it's written.

  • Your resume isn't formatted correctly.

  • Your resume doesn't make a great impression in 20-30 seconds. (Yep- that's how quickly recruiters decide yes or no to reach out to you.)

If you can't get an interview because of your resume, you might need a career coach.

When working with a career coach, you'll receive resources that will help you develop a professional and attractive resume. Personally, I have 25+ years of experience in HR and recruiting, so I know how to create an interview-worthy resume.

2) you’ve had multiple interviews, but can’t get to the next stage.

Chances are, if you can't get past an initial interview, you are not articulating your brand. You have all of the right qualifications, but you aren't communicating them well, in ways that resonate with the potential employer.

Here are a few ways you could be failing to communicate your brand:

  • You speak for too long during interviews.

  • Your answers lack clarity.

  • Your aren't connecting your skills to the job listing.

If you can't get past the initial interview, you might need a career coach.

Working with a career coach will help you nail down your personal brand. From there, you'll learn how to communicate that brand clearly in a way that is relevant to potential employers.

3) Your professional network has dried up.

Let's get one important thing clear: networking is not asking for a job.

Networking is simply having a conversation and gathering information. It's building connections! Studies show that 85% of jobs are found through networking and 70% are never posted publicly.

Most of my career clients cringe at the very thought of networking, but it is a critical part of the job search process.

Here's what they're usually afraid of:

  • They don't know what to say.

  • They're scared of meeting new people.

  • They don't know how to communicate their skills.

If you don't know how to network, you might need a career coach.

Career coaches can help you build a networking strategy, develop practice scripts, and give you the confidence you need to connect.

4) You Spend hours a week scrolling through job postings

If your strategy for trying to find a new career is to scroll through job boards for hours, you're going to run into trouble and a TON of wasted time and energy. Job boards can be helpful, but there are a a number of reasons why they are NOT the only way to find your next job or career option.

Here are a few ways job boards fall short:

  • They oversaturate quickly.

  • Some companies post listings to appear like they're growing.

  • Job boards lack personal connection.

  • Job boards are expensive... so many organizations don't even post their openings except through their own web-site.

If you're always scrolling through job boards, you might need a career coach.

A career coach will work with you to identify your value - a combination of your skills, strengths, and passions. With a career coach, you can find a way to connect your value with the market's needs.

If you can do that, you'll be spending less time on job boards and more time in interviews.

5) You’re on LinkedIn, but not active

LinkedIn a tool that will work for you while you're sleeping, but you have to know how to build an effective profile and engage.

77% of recruiters use LinkedIn, and remains the most popular tool for recruiters. Building a professional profile that is packed with good keywords and draws in recruiters is so important.

If you haven't optimized your LinkedIn, you might need a career coach.

A career coach can help you create a profile that is attractive to employers and recruiters.

(And, when you work with organizations like Career Development Advisors, you get experience from career coaches who ARE recruiters!)

What help from a professional career coach?

Schedule your (FREE) career strategy session today.

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