What can a career counselor/coach do for me?
Your career counselor/coach works by your side as you accomplish your career or job change. You can expect a professional and customized approach to your situation. Your counselor/coach may assist you in identifying your values, interests, and skills through the use of career assessment instruments and then help you:
- investigate specific professions and/or industries
- plan and execute a job search campaign
- create resumes and cover letters that open doors
- turn interviews into job offers
Counselors also guide you to career success by coaching you to:
- achieve a promotion
- manage office politics, or
- work on a difficult office relationship
What is the process?
Sessions can include in-person meetings, telephone conversations, and email. The process will depend on what you want to accomplish:
- Change jobs - the process will include an initial consultation, an effective resume, job search techniques, powerful interviewing skills, and negotiating strategies.
- Change careers - the process may begin with assessment and include research, networking, and goal clarification. Then you will be ready to work on changing jobs.
- Career performance coaching - the process will be tailored to your specific situation. It begins with an initial consultation to identify your concerns, and then an action plan will be created to help you accomplish your goals.
- Entrepreneurial opportunities - includes identifying options including consulting, franchising, and buying or starting a business.
- Work on one career issue - such as preparing for an evaluation, achieving a promotion, improving your resume, developing a list of target companies, or interview preparation: the meetings will focus on that particular issue.
Counselors/coaches have a lot of knowledge and practical information to help you address specific career needs.
(Counselors/Coaches work somewhat differently and use a variety of assessments so the process will vary somewhat.)
Do counselors work long distance?
Yes, some counselors work nationally and internationally by phone and email.
How do I choose a counselor?
Consider these questions in terms of what is important to you:
- What kind of help do you need - has the counselor/coach worked with this issue before?
- What relevant experience does the counselor have?
- What is the counseloršs process?
- Are you comfortable in the initial telephone conversation with the counselor/coach?
- What is the fee schedule?
- What is the counseloršs availability and location?
How long will it take?
The number of meetings (in person or by telephone) will vary based on what you want to accomplish. Here are some examples:
- Job change: 6-10 meetings
- Career change: 8-14 meetings
- One career issue: 1- 4 meetings
Many clients want to work with a career counselor over time in an ongoing coaching arrangement.
How do I get started?
Click on the SEARCH NOW button at the top of this page to search for a career counselor/coach or call our Hotline at 212-859-3515.