ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What a Career Coach Can Do for You & Your Resume

Updated on August 11, 2014
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

How many job seekers send resumes to recruiters when jobs are posted online?

See results

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Don't use an outdated resume style or font because it's an indication that you've fallen behind the times.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

view quiz statistics

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 100% Cotton Résumé Paper, 8.5” x 11", 32 lb, Wove Finish, White, 100 Sheets (RD18CF)
Southworth 100% Cotton Résumé Paper, 8.5” x 11", 32 lb, Wove Finish, White, 100 Sheets (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

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • antigravity profile image

      antigravity 

      4 years ago

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

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)