If you know what you want from your career and how to get it, you do not need a career coach. Most people do not need “coaching”, to help write their CV or get a job. They know what they want and put a plan in place to achieve it.
Bad experiences at interviews
Can’t even get an interview
Want to apply for an internal role
Want to explore possible career changes
Experiencing a difficult situation at work.
If any of the above sounds like your situation, you may benefit from a career coaching session.
But, before you engage a career coach you do need to do some background work and preparation. Some people book sessions with career coaches expecting the coach to tell them what job they should apply for or what companies they should target. That is not how coaching works.
The coaching process is focused on helping you, to uncover solutions that meet your needs. The more clarity you have before the session, the more effective the session will be for you. I have worked as Career Coach for many years and I thought it might be useful to share the three most difficult questions that you might encounter during a session with us or with any career coach.
Tell me about yourself
Many clients struggle with the ‘tell me about yourself’ question.I really don’t want to know if you are the tap dancing champion of Ireland; unless it is relevant to the position or role.
If you are looking for employment opportunities you need to develop a story that conveys the skills, expertise and value you bring to a role. This also make it easier for us to identify possible areas or opportunities. In reality we all have different ways of describing ourselves and you do need to develop a variety of ways of telling that story depending on the job or the situation.
What are you good at?
This is one of the first questions I ask people and they often struggle to answer. in fact some people say,“well, I thought you, would tell me that”.
I can work with you to identify key strengths but only You know what you are really good at or enjoy doing. Make a list of your skills, talents, and expertise.
What are your Top Ten skills? Force yourself to list at least Ten things you are good at. This exercise will give you clarity will make the session more effective and useful for you. Have examples of yourself in the workplace excelling at these skills. In my own experience, the career coaches helped me isolate my strengths and understand where I had areas for improvement. I’m now better able to pick and target positions which suit my skill set. This also enables me to better articulate my strengths for a position when asked.
What are Your goals
It is very important to have clear goals and to outline them early in the session.Your career coach is not a counsellor. She is not your best friend. This is a professional service. A good coach will have the objectivity that your friends and family can’t really provide. It is not enough to say “my goal is to get a job, any job”. You don’t really want any job, if you did you would have one already.Once we clarify your goals we will provide feedback that helps identify why various strategies or tactics may not be working
So, do you need a coach?
Yes, No..Maybe. The key point here is, Do you know what you want to do and the best way to do it? If the answer is Yes,then congratulations. You can do it yourself. If you are have been sending lots of CVs or feel that you do not present your best You in interview situations, then talk to a coach and discuss how they may be able to help you. If you decided to contact us,Remember the first session is free!