13 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Career Coach

13 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Career Coach

Before I started my work as a career coach, I spent years stuck in the wrong types of jobs. Feeling unfulfilled and dreading Mondays was a standard part of life as far as I was concerned because I had bills to pay and not a whole lot of direction or confidence to take my career to the next level.

After years feeling like I was just going through the motions and not actually living life, I finally discovered my true passion and mustered up the courage to take a leap into the world of entrepreneurship. Little did I know at the time, this was just what the doctor ordered to start enjoying life a WHOLE lot more.

Fortunately I figured out how to leverage my experience into an opportunity. Had I not done so, I fear I might still be stuck in a career I dreaded to this day like so many of the professionals I encounter on a regular basis.

You can try tapping into the many resources that exist for uncovering a new career path and job but don’t overlook the possibility of working with an expert when it comes to finding your life’s purpose and creating the plan of attack for achieving it.

Working with a career coach can be just what you need if you are hoping to figure out you, your dream job and how to make it a reality so that you are spending more time living and less time going through the motions.

So just how do you know it’s time to work with an expert to get your career on track? Here are 13 signs it’s time to hire a career coach.

You don’t know what you want to be when you grow up…

Without a defined career path, plan or self-assessment each job move will be as calculated as buying a lottery ticket (not good)! A career coach can help to uncover your skills, strengths and even career moves best suited to you. If you feel like you’ve been jumping from job to job with little enjoyment, it might be time to get really clear on the opportunities where you’ll thrive.

You know what you want to do next, but you don’t know how to get there…

If you are fortunate enough to know your next move, consider yourself ahead of the game! The only thing you need now is to take the correct action for getting there. Unless you’ve successfully changed careers before, the “how to” part takes a specific strategy. If you are not exactly positioned to make your move immediately given your current experience, a career coach can help to devise a plan for making the right career moves in the interim. If you are poised to make a move, a career coach or job search coach can also help with this aspect.

You are a planner and don’t want to leave anything to chance…

With many parts of the job search and career development 2nd chances are rare and timing is everything. Since there are so many resources available for job seekers it’s not uncommon for coaching clients have a ton of questions. Furthermore, many parts of the job search (networking, interviewing, etc.) are dependent on people requiring a deeper analysis when making specific decisions and moves. This is where a career coach can be really handy. Talk about breathing easy knowing you have made the best moves at the right times thanks to expert insight.

You are sick of taking the wrong opportunities and want to make sure your next move is the right one…

If you’re feeling like your jobs have all been in reaction to necessity instead of strategic moves, this may be a sign you are collecting a resume full of random jobs (which won’t help to tell your career story for the job you really want). Before jumping at the next job that comes your way, you may want to hunker down and work with an expert to really get strategic so you can get your career on track.

You are thinking of finding a new job in the next 6 months to a year…

The job search takes time and waiting until the last minute to start preparing or looking can be a fatal mistake. Companies take time when hiring and will usually wait to make the right hire instead if hiring a potentially wrong candidate to fill a gap. A career coach can help by assessing your current professional state of affairs and creating a plan for reaching your future goals. A coach is also great for helping you stay accountable along the way (no slacking)!

You are lacking a robust network & need help building one…

Making strategic contacts also takes time as there’s never any guarantee those contacts will be available to connect or even interested (in which case you need backup contacts). A career coach can help you expand your network in the right direction as well as give strategic insights into how to open doors and start conversations geared toward landing your dream job.

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