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6 Signs It's Time to Hire a Career Coach

career Nov 04, 2019

It's not uncommon to work through career issues or challenges on your own or with the support of a colleague or friend. In fact, some issues can be easily worked out with a great resource or sage advice.

However, more challenging career issues need a bit more than a DIY approach. Women, and particularly women of color, struggle with asking for help and overall don't ask for or get the support they need. They tend to rely on outdated techniques and information that may have served them in the past, but will NOT get them where they want to go in the future. As I always say, 20th century techniques, won't get you a 21st century career.

While over 73% of women want to make some type of change or improvement in their career, I get the "I can do it all by myself" syndrome. In fact, I used to suffer from it myself. After all, when you're a high-achieving professional, successful woman, of course you believe you got this.

The problem with diagnosing and trying to solve your own career issues is that you're not a expert. That's why you hire a pro when you're sick, need a new roof, or even to fix your car. I mean why would you half-ass your way through something important when can bring on the pros? The key is to find the right pro to help you.

However, before we talk about how to find the right person, let's talk about the six signs it's time to seek someone out.

1. You can't clearly articulate your next step and don't know what to do.

Your future vision self provides a huge amount of rocket fuel, inspiration and motivation to power you to do what you’re meant in the world to do. But you don't know what you don't know and you're not objective enough to discover it on your own. So, if you think you know what you want to do next, are confused or you really don't have a clue, then that's a clear sign you need a coach.

2. You're ready to make a change but you're afraid.

I get it. You've climbed that ladder of success and it appears you have everything you could possible want. Other's look up to you and even envy your career. The only problem is, you realized that you've climbed the wrong ladder and no longer love the view, and you have no idea what a pivot will do to your career or life. If that describes your situation, it's time to seek out an expert to help you navigate the terrain.

3. You've tried to make a change and it didn't work out as planned.

Too often I hear my client's tell me that they on the advice of a blog, mentor, or colleague, they took a new position, job or role only to regret it later. As a result, there's a great amount of fear around making any move because it may be the wrong one. If you're feeling stuck or trapped by the fear of making the wrong move, then it's definitely time to seek support.

4. You've been sending out resumes and can't seem to land anything you want.

This is more of a sign that you don't have clarity on who you are and what you really want, so most likely you're going after everything. There's been research to prove that while 95% of people think they're self-aware, the truth is only 10-15% of people actually do. A great career strategist can help you uncover your authentic persona (not your career persona) which will help you easily identify the right work for you.

5. You're feeling overwhelmed.

Overwhelm can often be a sign that you're afraid to make a choice or commitment. It's possible that your vision scares you and you've become paralyzed, unsure of the next step to take. In this case, hiring an career coach/strategist will help clear out the blocks that may be preventing you from reaching the levels of growth and commitment you need to achieve what you want.

6. Your career challenges are impacting your life.

Whether you're burnt out, frustrated or just plain bored at work, more than likely it's spilling over into every area of your life . Irritability doesn't just affect your performance at work, it affects your relationships, your mood, your activity level, your joy level and yes, even your health. Work shouldn't feel like "work." In fact, I believe there should an alignment between who you are and what you do. I don't believe in work/life balance because that suggests that you have to manage two separate lives, instead of an integration of one. This is one of the things my client's appreciate most from our work together. If your dissatisfaction at work is impacting your life, it's time to get a coach.

So, what do you need to look for in a career coach?

1. A great career coach/strategist will give you the personalize support you need and will serve as an objective partner to help you achieve the results you want. 

2. You'll also want to look for someone that you have a good chemistry with, because you'll be working very closely together.

3. Find someone who's "been there and done that," meaning their experience can serve as a resource for you. 

4.  Check out there perspective and methodology through articles, blogs, social media, and their website to ensure it's something you can appreciate and understand.

5. Know the difference between a resume writer/review, interview coach and a career strategist. They often all use the term "career coach," which means you need to interview them so you get exactly what you need.

6. You also don't want to forget about reputation. What's the "word on the street" about your coach? For example, I've done media, been interviewed, have spoken on this topic and recently been named one of the Top 25 Career Blogs and Websites to Follow.

7. Don't look for someone to just co-sign what you want or tell you what to do. Be prepared to do the work if you want results. Coaching doesn't work unless you do. Get prepared to roll up your sleeves and commit to the investment of time it takes to achieve your goals and dreams. 

Are you ready to reach out and work with a career coach? Let's connect for a career clarity call and determine if I'm the right career coach/strategist for you!

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