Oftentimes those seeking new job opportunities or career advancement fear looking to an outside career professional for guidance. The reality of career coaching is that it can help the job seeker with situations that even the most seasoned professional can have trouble with. Being both mentally and physically prepared for stressful situations such as job interviews and salary negotiations will reduce anxiety and heighten confidence which prospective employers will notice.
Could you benefit from career coaching?
- When you think about changing jobs, is it a little overwhelming?
- Have you been laid off? Have others been laid off in your company?
- Do you wake up wondering, “I don’t want to do this work for another week, let alone the rest of my life”?
- Are there important relationships you need to navigate and improve in order to be successful?
- Are you prepared for unexpected changes?
- Do you dislike your boss, or does your boss dislike you?
- Are you overloaded with projects and feel the stress is more than you can deal with?
- Are you unhappy or unfulfilled at work?
- Are you thinking about starting your own business or consultancy?
- Are you taking work frustrations out on your loved ones?
- Do you fear a cutback or layoff?
- Have you decided you want to change your career direction, but don’t know how to get started?
- Are you having a conflict with a boss, peer, subordinate, vendor, contractor or customer – one that you can’t seem to resolve?
- Were you passed over for a promotion; someone else got the job you wanted?
- Did you receive a bad performance appraisal; or were you fired for performance or other issues?
- Are you paid significantly less than those in similar jobs in your field?
- Do key individuals in your organization lack integrity, or act illegally?
- Do you feel that your work environment is chaotic, verbally abusive, hostile or demeaning?
- Do you no longer feel appreciated? Do you feel that you no longer make a difference?
- Do you have an unexpected interview and need a résumé and interview training overnight?
- You don’t feel that you make a difference at work?
- Do you feel that your skills and expertise are becoming outdated?
- Do you feel it’s time to move on, but have no idea where to start?
- Does your company want to transfer you to someplace you have no desire to go?
- Is the politics in your workplace driving you crazy?
- You’re over 40, you’ve been laid off from a high-paying position, and you’re having lots of doors closed in your face?
- Is there something wrong with work, but you can’t put your finger on it?
If you answered “yes” to EVEN ONE OF THESE QUESTIONS, you might benefit from career coaching.
Career Coaching Survey
Need more help deciding if coaching will benefit you? Take our quiz and find out. (Scoring can be found at the end of the quiz.)
On a scale of 1 -5 , 5 being “more true” and 1 being “less true”, rate the following:
- I can be relied upon to be on time for calls and appointments.
- This is the right time for me to accept coaching.
- I am fully willing to do the work and let the coach do the coaching.
- I keep my word without struggling or sabotaging.
- I’ll give the coach the benefit of the doubt and try new concepts or different ways of doing things.
- I will speak straight (tell the whole truth) to the coach.
- If I feel that I am not getting what I need or expect from the coach, I will share this as soon as I sense it and demand that I get what I want and need from the relationship.
- I am willing to stop or change the self-defeating behaviors which limit my success.
- I have adequate funds to pay for coaching, and will not regret or suffer about the fee. I see coaching as a worthwhile investment in my life.
- I am someone who can share the credit for my success with the coach.
- 10 – 20 You are not currently coachable.
- 21 – 30 You are coachable, but you must be sure you honor your commitments.
- 31 – 40 You are coachable.
- 41 – 50 You are exceptionally coachable. You should ask that Barb demand a great deal from you!