Bad Career Coaches

By CAREEREALISM Founder, J.T. O'Donnell I’ve been in the career coaching business for 9+ years. Prior to that, I was in the HR/staffing industry. I’ve met all kinds of career coaches. Some are truly exceptional. Others are okay. Then, there are always the few who give our profession a bad name. Bad Career Coaches Make Me Mad! At least once each week, I am contacted by someone who got outdated, misguided advice from a well-intentioned, but off-base career advisor. I’ve also been asked to review countless resumes that were supposedly done by a specialist. However, after submitting it to over 500 jobs, the person is now starting to wonder if the 'new-and-improved' resume they paid good money for might actually be the problem. Sadly, these resumes often look like they were done by my 8 year-old. FACT: Now that every job is temporary, more and more Americans are going to need to seek the advice of experts to help them effectively market their businesses-of-one. Today, staying employed means staying on top of the latest news and techniques for job search and career advancement. In the same way we need doctors and dentists to keep us healthy, we now need professionals to keep our careers healthy. School teaches you everything EXCEPT how to find career satisfaction on your own terms. Thus, it only makes sense that we would work with an expert to help us take control of our futures. I'm Fighting Back Unfortunately, with this increased need for career experts, many scam-artists and unqualified opportunists will try to take advantage of those in need of help. I can’t stop them, but I can focus on helping legitimate career experts get the exposure they need so they can do good work and help people be happier on-the-job. Recently, I hosted a FREE webinar for the good career coaches titled, 5 Mistakes Career Experts Make Online. (Bad career coaches need not bother to listen in!) In it, I share the five common mistakes respectable career coaches make on-line. I'm hoping this information will help legitimate career experts understand how to support the masses. I’m also hoping to identify a few new coaches I can then invite to join the CAREEREALISM team. Sorry, this event already happened! Please go to our webinar page to review our upcoming FREE webinars. You can also check out our past events in the archive section. | |

If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Diane submitted. She has recently worked with a co-worker on a group project. When it came time to present the project at a meeting, Diane let her co-worker present. While it went great, the co-worker proceed to take credit for nearly all of Diane's work. Frustrating to say the least!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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If you saw our first video, you might have heard about the awkward situation one of our viewers, Cam submitted. He's been working at a job for awhile, but recently overheard a hiring manager making fun of a candidate with autism right after an interview-not only awkward, but VERY unprofessional!

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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Starting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life. It's in those first few months when a parent can really bond with their newborn and make lifelong memories. However, for some new dads, it can be difficult to juggle being a new parent while remaining dedicated to their career.

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

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There are LOTS of questions around resume dos and don'ts. There's so much advice out there that it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what's the correct answer.

During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

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Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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