What a Career Coach Can Do for You & Your Resume

A career coach can help you make the leap to your dream job
A career coach can help you make the leap to your dream job | Source

Why career coaching can help even the most experienced candidates

As one of the leading headhunters in the recruiting field, I'm constantly asked by job seekers of all experience levels why they didn't score a dream job they were more than qualified for. The short answer, obviously, is that the employer didn't think there was a "fit," but getting information beyond that point is next to impossible these days.

The reasons for not getting (unfiltered) feedback are quite simple: not only do HR managers prohibit employees from discussing such matters with candidates, it may actually be illegal for them to tell you the real reasons they didn't choose you.

It goes without saying that there are dozens of disqualifying aspects to the interview process, but the leading reason for not being selected -- assuming the candidate is qualified -- is that the applicant's overall presentation, resume included, is less than polished.

If you've been submitting resumes and you're not getting called back, then a career coach can probably help you refine your image.

A career coach will give you unfiltered feedback about what you're doing wrong with your image and your resume. Employers, simply put, aren't allowed to because of lawsuits.
A career coach will give you unfiltered feedback about what you're doing wrong with your image and your resume. Employers, simply put, aren't allowed to because of lawsuits.

A career coach can help you get noticed

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What a career coach can do for you

A qualified career coach can do a number of things for you, but the most important include:

  • Rewrite your resume so that it looks aesthetically appealing
  • Make your resume search-friendly for software
  • Teach you tips and tricks for getting noticed by recruiters
  • Assist you with building or refining a LinkedIn profile
  • Increasing your overall marketability by revamping your attire
  • Teach candidates how to answer questions effectively
  • Run mock interviews and learn how to overcome objections

Don't use an outdated resume style or font because it's an indication that you've fallen behind the times. Never do anything that looks unsophisticated or dated.
Don't use an outdated resume style or font because it's an indication that you've fallen behind the times. Never do anything that looks unsophisticated or dated.

What you can do if you can't afford a career coach

If you can't afford a career coach, then don't fret because there are a number of things you can do to help yourself stand out when submitting resumes for jobs:

  • Visit websites like CareerBuilder and Monster and read articles about the job market
  • Follow blog feeds written by recruiters who give advice about increasing your marketability
  • Make sure you customize each resume for each job submission by using key words that are listed in the job description
  • Follow up professionally so that you're not a pest, but let the company know that their open position is interesting to you. You have to find a balance between eager and over-eager


The effectiveness of a modern resume

Getting help with an interview strategy

Facing a panel of interviewers is intimidating even for the most seasoned candidates. A career coach can help you overcome your fear so that you can shine in the interview.
Facing a panel of interviewers is intimidating even for the most seasoned candidates. A career coach can help you overcome your fear so that you can shine in the interview.

Don't forget that quality resume paper matters a lot

Southworth Exceptional Resume Paper, 100% Cotton, 32 lb, white, 100 Count (RD18CF)
Southworth Exceptional Resume Paper, 100% Cotton, 32 lb, white, 100 Count (RD18CF)

A heavyweight cotton paper will certainly wow a hiring manager when you visit for an interview. Not only do first impressions matter, but having a resume paper with a lot of "wow factor" will help separate you from the other candidates.

 

© 2014 Brian Daniel

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antigravity 2 years ago

very helpful info because to build a strong resume we need a good career coach.

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