Can Career Coaching Services Benefit Your Career? Part 1

This post is part one in a six-part series that will discuss the benefits of career coaching. Part one discusses the coach’s role in career assessment and focus.

One of the most recent developments in the job search industry is the evolution of the career coach as an essential component for any top-level job search campaign. We hear about coaches in the media, read about them in resume books, and even see them on Oprah! Ten years ago, coaching was a virtually unknown profession. Today, it is evolving at a phenomenal rate.

Are you taking advantage of this new trend?

Do you know what a career coach is?

Could you benefit from the expertise of one?

By definition, a career coach is a trained professional (usually someone in the counseling and/or professional job search industry) who will guide you through the complexities of skills assessment, job search planning, campaign development, career marketing and long-term career management. To determine the value a career coach would bring to you, go through the following checklist of information, answering Yes or No to each question.

Career Assessment & Focus

  • Do you know “who” you are – professionally?
  • Do you have a clear understanding of your most significant skills and qualifications?
  • Are you clear about your career objectives?
  • Do your skills and qualifications match your objectives?
  • Do you know the type of position you are seeking?
  • Do you know what types of activities you do NOT want to engage in?
  • Do you know the industries in which you are interested and will be focusing your search?


Your career coach will assist you in identifying and assessing your qualifications, job preferences, likes and dislikes, immediate objectives and long-term goals. Your coach will help you evaluate your worth in the employment market and your value within specific industries.

If you can answer “YES” to most of the questions and are confident in your ability to manage your job search, then you are reasonably well-prepared to move forward on your own. However, if you still feel the need for the expertise, insights and support of a career coach, don’t hesitate for one minute. If you answered “NO” to more than just 3-4 of the questions above, I would strongly urge you consider the value a career coach could bring to your job search, career performance and compensation. With years of training and experience, career coaches know what works and what doesn’t work, how to optimize your results, and how to help you land your ideal position. With your career coach at your side, you can move forward confidently and successfully.

For more information on career coaching, please contact my office: 704-882-2839 or

Stay tuned for part two in this series, where I will discuss the coach’s role in career change and transition.

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