We explain how a career coach can bring clarity and confidence to your job search.
If you need help navigating the application process, are contemplating a career transition or are unhappy in your current role, career coaching can equip you with the practical tools and positive mindset you need to reach your goals.
When working with a quality career coach, the focus of each session remains on you and your needs.
Your coach serves as both a personal trainer and a cheerleader, so to speak. They hold you accountable for taking the actions you need to achieve your career goals but also serve as a constant source of encouragement, helping to reach your potential.
As you get started, your coach is there to guide you as you make career decisions, apply for jobs and prepare for job interviews.
Each coaching session is tailored to your needs, so whether you want to focus on preparing for a career change or practising for interviews, you'll be able to capture value.
Below, we explain how a career coach can help you:
1) Clarify and stay accountable to your career goals
If you are unhappy in your current role, your coach can help you think through which types of roles and industries may be right for you and provide career exploration resources.
For many clients, the most valuable component of career coaching is the ability to reflect on and secure a role that not only aligns with their skills and desired lifestyle but also with their purpose.
Once your career direction is clarified (or if you already know where you want to be), your coach will prepare an action plan to keep you accountable for the steps you need to take to reach your goals.
At each session, you'll update your coach on the actions you've taken to ensure that you are consistently making progress.
2) Prepare quality application materials that differentiate you from similar applicants
A top-quality CV, cover letter and LinkedIn profile are critical to your success in the job search, especially given the extremely competitive state of the job market due to COVID-19.
It's not unrealistic for one job to receive over 1,000 applications.
Given that your CV is most often the deciding factor in whether you get invited for an interview, and a career coach can ensure that yours is:
- Achievement-based, helping to differentiate you from other applicants with similar backgrounds
- Free from the most common CV writing pitfalls that cause recruiters to say "no"
- Optimised for applicant tracking systems (ATS), which are used to pre-screen applicants before your CV makes it into the hands of a human
Note that some coaches will only provide feedback on your personal marketing materials while others (like CV Pilots) can also overhaul your materials from scratch, if needed.
3) Develop a job search strategy
A career coach will help you create a strategy that drives results. You'll work together to identify the right individuals to reach out to and networks you can leverage to help you land interviews.
In your job search, a "spray and pray" strategy when it comes to applying for jobs and submitting your CV tends to be ineffective.
In other words, sending out a higher volume of applicants does not necessarily mean you will see results. The reality is often quite the opposite.
Jobvite research shows that over 45% of applications come from job boards, but only .96% of those candidates are actually hired.
In contrast, over 32% of applicants who go through hiring managers and 8% of referrals get hired.
Your coach will help ensure that you are using your time wisely and applying through the best possible channels.
4) Provide motivation and encouragement
When you build a trusting relationship with your career coach, you can rely on them for motivation and support throughout the job search and application process.
Whether you are coping with a job loss, stressed at your current job or frustrated with your career search, your career coach will help you reframe your situation in a more positive regard.
Career coaches also hold you accountable and let you know when you need to step up your game.
That said, our priority is to see you succeed in all aspects of your life.
5) Advise on interview preparation
Once you start to secure interviews, your career coach can help you prepare for interviews and conduct mock interview sessions.
Your coach can help you iron out your responses to interview questions that you find difficult and ensure that you're conducting an appropriate level of research on each company.
Through mock interviews, they'll be able to point out areas of improvement and teach you to structure your responses in a compelling, structured manner.
As a result, you'll be able to walk into interviews well-prepared and more confident.
Career coaching sessions can be a great way to create a career plan that you’re comfortable with and prepare for job interviews, helping you land your dream job.
CV Pilots offers career coaching as part of our career transitions package and on an ad-hoc basis.
To learn more about how we can help, email us as firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44 (0)207 043 2684.