Changing Careers is always tough but it is even tougher in this weak economy. If you are in a job that is no longer exciting or challenging or rewarding you may feel that you just need to make a change. If you are currently unemployed you may have a short runway before your time and money runs out. In either case a professional coach could help you make faster progress with less anxiety. Here are 6 ways that a professional coach might help in your transition.
1) VISION The best way to start thinking about a transition is to visualize where you want to end up in the future. A career coach can help you define and articulate that vision so that every step you take will be in a direct line between where you are today and where you want to end up. And coaching provides a unique “safe harbor” during the process because the only interest a coach has is your best interest and everything you say is with full confidentiality.
2) TRANSFERABLE SKILLSIf you are changing industries you will need to demonstrate that your core skill sets are transferable. Many candidates have been dislocated in this great recession and have not just lost their jobs but their careers. Casualties from the financial sector would be an example. Demonstrating that your core competencies can deliver value in the new sector is key to a successful crossover and a seasoned career coach can assist you in that effort.
3) DECISION MAKING . Job seekers often have so many ideas in their heads and so many emotions that it is tough to distill them down and make objective choices. An experienced coach has tips and proven tools and techniques to make that process easier. That keeps you moving forward. In these economic times, the first decision to investigate is if there is any opportunity within your existing company or an associated division that would re-energize you and keep the transition internal and low risk. Coaching can also provide value once you are set in your new position, helping you to think through new decisions with a seasoned professional in your corner.
4) NETWORKING . Hiring decisions are often made before the job posting ever hits the street so networked connections can be a valuable vehicle in finding an opening. Networking is a skill that can be learned and good coaches can offer guidance on the process.
5) RESUME DEVELOPMENT. We have extensive business experience and know which resumes WE would put in the "follow up" pile. They are the ones that combine research on the goals of the hiring company with the value that you can bring to help achieve them. Too many resumes focus on all the things that the candidate has done, without quantifying the impact that those tasks delivered for the company. A career coach can help you see the difference.
6) CONTRACT NEGOTIATION . Negotiating contract details is a sensitive issue but making sure that commitments are in writing and gaining approvals for small add-ons are possible and advantageous. Career coaches with experience in hiring can be a valuable resource in this area.
Hopefully these points will help you determine if engaging a professional coach would be valuable in YOUR transition.
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