Is a Career Coach Worth It?

Let me guess… You worked your tail off to get decent grades all your life and now you either hate your job or feel underemployed.

Despite your trips to the career center, you suddenly realize that setting up a LinkedIn profile didn’t make employers bend to your will. And remember all those high school teachers who promised you could be anything you wanted if you just gave your best effort on your homework and shut your mouth in class?

Screw them – am I right?

I feel you. In fact, that’s why I started Home at 30. To get where you want to go, you can’t rely on the educational system anymore. Believe me… I tried it.

But don’t go cussing out your guidance counselor just yet. I have another solution: a career coach can give you the tangible skills and proper guidance to get your career going.

Does it cost some extra cash? Maybe… Well, probably… OK – usually.

Is a career coach worth it? Try imagining the increased earning potential you could enjoy over the course of your entire lifetime. Want to know what that cost is when you weigh it against your other expenses?

A worthy investment.

A career coach can help you with:

Job searching

If you’re anything like 99 percent of the world’s population under 21, you have no idea what career to pursue. It’s a really hard decision and being young means you have time to figure it out, yet lack self-awareness.

When it comes to defining what you like and dislike, a great career coach will know the right things to ask to help you arrive at your own decisions. In addition, their knowledge of different career options will allow you to apply those preferences in a way that serves you best.

Think you’re too young to start your job search? Nonsense. I put that decision off for way too long and it burned me. Even if you’re in high school, narrow your job search now so that you can pursue meaningful internships and increase your chances of landing a job you’re excited about.

Building resumes and LinkedIn profiles

“Heh – I remember my first resume…”

These shouldn’t be the words coming out of recruiters’ mouths when they look over your resume. Having a sloppy resume is like walking around with food on your face – you either don’t know any better or you don’t care. And it doesn’t matter which one is true!

Even if you have no work experience, you can put together a professional resume with the right guidance. Once it’s done, it’s easy to keep it updated! It’s a great feeling to have a nice resume on your side.

Interview skills and preparation

A great resume lands you the interview; A great interview lands you the job.

Going to an interview without preparation is basically a waste of time – for you and the interviewer. So… don’t be “that guy.”

When I finally got coached on interview preparation, strategy, and execution, something strange happened. I started getting offers! Interviewing may seem straightforward, but it’s an art that takes time to understand. Unless you’re a natural-born interviewing wunderkind, getting a coach to help you interview will get you from “he/she’s a smart kid” to “have we made an offer yet?”

Making presentations

Whether you’re a hot-shot entry-level employee or a mid-level veteran, you need a couple tools on the old toolbelt to help you stand out.

Something I’ve noticed about most people is they don’t like to speak in front of crowds. You know what, though? I think great presenters are made – not born. If Alexa was around when I was a kid, my face would’ve turned red if I asked her a question.

Once I got some direction on how to conduct a presentation, all that changed. Suddenly, I excelled at something most people feared. Best of all, it carried over to my personal life as well!

Presenting and public speaking is a huge leg up in advancing your career and a career coach can help you get there.

Networking

I can’t think of it right now, but there’s a saying in business about knowing people or something like that… When I think of it, I’ll let you know.

Building a successful career is a 24-hour task, and these days, the competition is global. You can be the most highly qualified candidate in the world, but it doesn’t matter if no one knows who you are! Don’t be that person at events who’s standing around with a drink in their hand talking to nobody.

Career coaches are perfect for coming up with networking strategies that will maximize your efforts and make you feel more comfortable in social settings.

I got a huge leg-up for my first job by tapping my network. Through a friend of a friend, I was able to get the inside scoop on how the company conducted interviews and what they looked for in ideal candidates. It was like getting the answers to the test! All I had to do from there was execute.

Do you need a career coach?

Your career is on the list of things you don’t want to neglect. You should consider a career coach if you:

  • Lack motivation in your current role
  • Feel uncomfortable interviewing or presenting
  • Aren’t confident in your resume
  • Don’t have a clear vision of your career goals and how to get there

So ask yourself… Is a career coach worth it? I’d say it’s at least worth looking into!


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Disclaimer:
All opinions expressed on this blog are solely those of Home at 30 and are in no way affiliated with any other organization or institution. The purpose of this blog is to give general education and information about investing, wealth, careers, and college; It is not intended to be professional advice.

Author: Josh Ramos

After earning an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Master of Arts in Management at Wake Forest University, Josh has paid off over $130k in student loan debt in 4 years. By founding Home at 30, Josh wants to help you make the most of college, build a successful career, and achieve financial independence.

Is a Career Coach Worth It? was last modified: July 12th, 2018 by Josh Ramos

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