When you think of a coach, you might think of someone with a headset on the sidelines of a field, with the job of guiding the plays, not making them. How fast players run or how many points the team scores is ultimately up to the players. While the coach will draw up and give them the game plan, the players must execute.
To know whether you need a career coach, it is important to understand what a career coach actually does. A career coach is similar to that sports coach, in that they share their experience, offer advice, and guide decision making. While they are not going to land the job for you, they will oversee your efforts to ensure that you focus on what matters, gain clarity, and bring your best self forward.
A career coach goes beyond the tactics of resume writing and strategies for interviewing best practices. They focus on the Why behind your motivations and help create an action plan on what to do and how to achieve it.
To determine whether now is the right time to hire a coach, answer the following questions:
Are you looking for growth and self-improvement? Accelerating your career often begins from within. Landing a new position, especially one that is a step-up from your current role, requires clarity as well as dedicating time and effort to the search process. A coach will walk you through the process, help you gain insight about yourself and why you do what you do.
Are you presenting the best version of yourself? Your success in a job search is directly related to how you present yourself, your past experiences, and the skills you have to offer. In addition to coaching services to solidify your resume and cover letters, and honing in on your interview skills, a coach guides you to create the right first impression, one that will translate into greater job prospects. Additionally, a coach will help you articulate why you would be a good fit for a company, and how you can create impact.
Are your goals clear and actionable?: The first step in career progression is understanding what your trajectory is. A career coach helps you focus on what you enjoy and which career choice gives you the greatest fulfillment. It’s just as important to identify what you don’t want to do, or no longer are passionate about. A coach helps create an action plan to forge a path forward to your next destination.
Are you unclear what to do next? When you know what you want but do not know how to make it come to fruition, that is a good time to connect with a coach. Perhaps you are changing directions in your career, or your industry is in a decline and you are forced to pivot into a new industry or venture into a different field of work. A career coach will ask the tough questions to help you discover your strengths and put them to work for you. Working with a coach often means an initial exertion of even greater effort and time than previously to fully take into account the advice you are receiving.
Working with a coach is a process that will take several sessions and is not a fast-track to getting hired instantly. Rather, it’s an opportunity to hone in on who you are, what you value, and how to put your strengths to work. It’s just as important to show hiring managers how you can impact their business, and why you are an inspired hire. A coach helps you get better.
Great athletes have coaches, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies have coaches, singers, and actors have coaches to become better at their craft. Why shouldn’t you?
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About a month ago I was let go from a position for violating HIPAA (accidental form checking in my training) and for being "too slow".
I am over 60 btw. I took an alternate to the posiition I had applied for because of the information given to me, which, I quickly learned, was an out and out lie. I needed employment at the time, but I do think they were gunning for me from the get go, as they let me go the week before my 90 days were up. I have seen so many dysfunctional medical practices out there and wonder if I should just forget about trying to work in one at all. Are any of them not toxically positive, as this place was, or just some other nightmare?
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Hi All - I wanted to share about a substack I'm writing called Memoirs of a Working Girl.
Personal work and life ruminations, critiques, and commentary.
I wanted to share in case anyone was looking for a fun read:
*please let me know if such a post is not allowed
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I struggle with some challenges in self-worth based on others perceptions. While i'm working on it - it will be a lifelong challenge.
I was hoping for some insight. I started at an organization that it didn't take long to see that it was a toxic work environment. I was seen as a threat by the sales team, and for the five years I was there, I had my ideas stolen, I was challenged at every turn, thrown under the bus and bullied. But let me say - I wasn't alone. They didn't treat anyone in the organization with respect, and unfortunatley upper management failed to address it.
Anyway - I brought in millions of dollars, and the ownership knew that, even though the sales team did all they could to sabotage the data within the CRM - again, management failed to address it. Fast forward, the company is sold. The new company has its own Marketing in another country, and the new leader has NO idea about marketing or how it works. Even though the prior owner told them Marketing was the secret sauce to their success.
I'm out of a job because the new leader was given incorrect data and not all of the data and she didn't feel it was worth it to keep me around. Never once did she ask for my insight, my thoughts on how to get the new brand off and running. She didn't want to hear anything from me. Mind you I had been given free reign to do what I needed to do after submission of my marketing strategy, planning and budget was approved for the year - the new owner micromanged me to death. But again, I wasn't the only one.
In the six months she had me stop doing what I was doing, sales rapidly declined. In the months following my departure it increased, and she didn't understand why it was so slow I was told. Its been almost a year and there is no newly branded website, the sales team doesn't have business cards, no marketing AT ALL has been done. She did hire a contractor that used to work for me back on a project basis to help refresh the website (basically do what I told her she should do), but the cost is minimal.
Why do I feel so rejected that I was the ONLY one to be let go. After all the abuse I had taken and the success I created, despite being loved by everyone else except the sales team, i'm the only one without a job.
If I look back, I can see where she was setting me up to be let go. So I was on the cutting block since day one.
I have to wonder is it this leaders ignorance, or did the sales team have me ousted and she believe them? The biggest scam artist got promoted. I would think maybe she had influence, but it turns out she's being micromanaged way beyond what I was. The new leader is basically telling everyone how to jump, when to jump and how high. If you don't wait for her direction, there will be hell to pay.
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I have been interviewing since April.
I am working but I am making about $15,000 less then I was.
I have been over-qualified for positions but I am not getting hired.
Now, not sure if it is my age, I am 60 but look 50. Truly do!! Been blessed.
I think I blow it in the interview. I get very nervous for some reason. I don't know what I am doing wrong! You would think after all the interviews I would feel comfortable or used to them.
Does anyone have any hints for interviewing? All of mine have been over Zoom or Teams. Thank you!
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I made a small error at work.
No harm was done. I placed a message that a patient needed blood work on the wrong chart. This was questioned by my manager. Upon reviewing the chart, I realized my error and the patient never had the blood work done.
I am concerned this could become a written warning. If it is a written warning I plan to request it be a teachable moment instead of a warning since no harm was done. Any other advice on how to handle this?
My manager who spoke to me about this issue has made two huge mistakes that I am aware of. If this becomes a written warning should I question if her errors were also written warnings?
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Can I even negotiate pay at this point?
I entered into an interview process after knowing their comp range which was below what I desired. When they asked if the salary range would work for me, I said it was below my desired range but am interested in learning more. I thought perhaps learning the total comp package would make it better but it didn't. For reference, this is a very large private university, not a small business. After learning more about the role, it's clear that the responsibilities are way higher than the title calls for (I'm very confident of this). This role title would be a "step down" for me but the responsibilities match, or perhaps exceed, my current role.
It's a new role they created and frankly, I'm not sure they know exactly what they want/need. I honestly don't know how many folks would do that job with those responsibilities for that price. It seems like an easy "PASS" and move on but I met the whole team and they are so wonderful.
Here I am at the job offer; can I even negotiate a higher salary considering they told me salary is $XYZ - $XYZ? If so... how? What the heck do I say? This people-pleasing gal is stumped.