Deciding to partner with a Career Coach is an important decision—one that you most likely have given quite a bit of thought to. Even more important than deciding to work with a coach is choosing the right Career Coach to work with. There are numerous articles, journals, and lists out there to help guide you in your decision. I would also like to throw in my two cents–actually, three…
- Know what you want to accomplish by working with a Career Coach. Do you need to start at the beginning to discover your interest and talents? Or do you just need a brush up on interviewing and negotiating job offers? Having your parameters in mind will help you choose a coach who can best help you realize your goals.
- Interview one or more Career Coaches before you decide. Most coaches will offer a no-cost consultation (I know I do!) as a way to get to know you and what your specific career goals are. Be sure to ask about their skills, qualifications, and experience with your type of situation. Ask what their “coaching philosophy” is and what the coaching process will be like. Also make sure to ask for a reference or two.
- Finally, remember that coaching is a relationship, not a transaction. There needs to be friendship and a connection between you and your coach. You need to feel at ease, welcomed, and a level of comfort where you are able to be open enough to talk about desires, dreams, and goals—and secure enough to know that your coach will help you obtain them.
Many individuals today use Career Coaching to gain a greater career focus, to improve their performance, or even to have greater satisfaction in their careers and life in general. What are your reasons for wanting to work with Coach Kevin Tucker?