Can Career Coaching Services Benefit Your Career? Part 6

This post is the last in a six-part series on the discussion of the benefits of career coaching. Part five discussed the coach’s role in interview skills and salary negotiation. Part six discusses the coach’s role in references.

Reference checking can be problematic for some job seekers. Which references are the best ones to list? How much information do you share with your references? How much information on your references do your provide to the employer?


  • Will your references speak positively about your skills, qualifications, experience and track record?
  • Will your references say anything that could be potentially damaging to you?
  • Are your references the RIGHT references for you to use?
  • Do you know how to improve the performance of your references when they’re talking about you?
  • Can you make the reference-checking process easier for your references?


If you know that your references may be divulging information that could be construed as negative, let your career coach teach you how to best overcome these situations.

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.

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