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Career Coach Secrets To Job Search Success in 2011
Should you hire a career coach?
Have you been unemployed and involved in a job search for more than six months? Are you wondering what you should do differently in 2011 to enhance your job search efforts? Hiring a professional Career Coach may be the next best step.
I recently had the opportunity to
interview Leenie Glickman, an accomplished Career Coach based in the greater
Boston, MA area to get her input and advice on the benefits of hiring a career
coach. I asked her the "FAQs" from the job seeker perspective.
Leenie Glickman has been a professional career coach and expert resume writer for the past ten years, providing services in person and virtually (telephone and Skype.). She has a unique background, which includes experience as an Executive Recruiter, Career Coach, Resume Writer, Business Consultant and Corporate Trainer.
Career Coach, Boston, MA
Leenie, what are the key benefits of hiring a career coach to help with your job search?
1. Results! Career Satisfaction
The most compelling reason to hire a career coach is to get results, find a job, get that promotion, take the next step, make something happen for yourself. Even the most expert people need help when it comes to a job search. An effective job search requires collaboration, guidance and strategy. When you are immersed in your own life it is difficult to see yourself from an outside view. A career coach gives you that honest perspective, helps you piece together the different aspects that need to be considered for career satisfaction. A career coach will help you to create a buzz and get interviews.
2. Confidence and Self esteem
The career coaching process is complex. I focus on my client’s positive qualities but first have to overcome the negatives. We determine what will work by ruling out what hasn’t worked in the past. The key is to promote your strengths. Identifying, discussing and marketing your strengths gives you renewed self confidence. It not only feels good but it benefits the job search by energizing the applicant which makes a wonderful impression on hiring managers.
3. Motivation and Accountability
People in today’s tough economic times are giving up hope. A career coach will motivate you to take the steps needed to get the results you seek. You will have a scheduled time to meet and this keeps you on task. It is easy for time to pass when you are unstructured and working alone and unsure. A career coach keeps you engaged in the process so that your time is used wisely.
When you hire a career coach, what does the first meeting usually include? What should a job seeker expect?
The first meeting is a “Let’s get down to business” meeting. We discuss:
- Wish list
- Must haves
- History - what has and hasn’t worked in past
- What you have to offer
- What you like to do
- The unique combination of skills that sets you apart
- How best to promote you
How can you help a job seeker target or focus their job search?
By identifying your unique combination of skills, we can discuss the existing options and determine a direction that best suits your preferences. We evaluate the marketplace and match corporate requirements with your strengths. We promote your strengths in the context of what they are looking for.
What do you think is most important when writing an effective resume? What are a few tips for a job seeker to stand out from the competition?
Most importantly, a resume should tell, at a glance, the kind of work you do, the level you are at, and the type of job you are searching for. If a resume is doing its job, it will successfully pass the keyword search, meet the requirements of the administrators who may not know the intricacies of your job, and impress the higher level decision makers including the hiring manager.
- Include a summary of your core competencies
- Make it positive, include your strengths
- Give the resume a heading – usually a job title or combination of key skills
- Bullets should be accomplishments not responsibilities and begin with a verb
- Include only tasks you enjoy doing and want to discuss in the interview
- Make it easy to read, lots of white space, 10-11-12 point font, 2 pages is fine if you have been working a while, one page if just out of college
One of the unique services that I offer in addition to resume writing, is resume processing. I will write and apply for jobs on behalf of my clients. This helps speed up the process, leading to better results.
If a job search is getting exhausting, how can a job seeker stay motivated during their search?
Here are a few tips for staying motivated in a job search:
Keep busy with the job search, get out there, limit your computer time, look for volunteer, parttime or temp opportunities to keep busy and productive
Maintain a positive attitude, be hopeful. Keep yourself healthy, exercise, sleep, do good deeds. Meet with people – set up informational interviews, keep on networking
Make it a learning experience- a time for self discovery. Make a plan that works for you – follow it.
Research and investigate opportunities that may be further down the road for you…determine the skills and expertise needed to get to the next level…use this time to build on these skills.
Collaborate with a colleague, friend or your career coach for more ideas and suggestions for keeping your search fresh.
Do you have some networking tips for introverts?
I hear this a lot! Here are a few tips that may help.
First, you may want to get a networking buddy to keep you company at events. When you start the networking process, ask questions, learn to be inquisitive as this will get others talking and take the pressure off of you.
You may also want to join and participate in a professional group for your particular field. Ask to help out with meeting preparation or facilitation.
There are many career coaches in the Boston area? What sets you apart from the competition?
My clients find me easy to talk to. You can be comfortable opening up with me. You can be you with me! My door is open, you can call me, email me..I am here for you. I have day, night and weekend hours for your convenience. Sessions can be face to face or by phone.
I focus on the positive and market your strengths. Together, we match your expertise with what the market is looking for.
I give assignments and guidance through the process and am totally committed to you landing a great opportunity that will provide you the satisfaction you are seeking. We move at a pace that is comfortable for you.
The process is enjoyable and we make the most of our time together so that you achieve the results you seek.
Contact Leenie Glickman
For more information on Leenie Glickman and her career coaching and resume writing services, please visit www.careercoachleenie.com.