What a Career Coach Can Do for You & Your Resume
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 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
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
Additional resources for career coaching and resume help
- Career coaches: When are they worth their salt?
Fortune: What to look for in a career coach and how they can turn your professional life around -- quality guidance matters.
- How to Stay Relevant in Today’s Job Market
Falling behind in the office, socially and professionally, can end a career. Here are some important tips from a career coach about staying relevant so you don't get targeted for termination.
- 10 Things You Should Know About Career Coaching
Forbes: It's not that some people are born with it: A leading career coach says this skill can be honed.
Don't forget that quality resume paper matters a lot
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