The career coaching industry is like any profession: There are good career coaches, and there are bad career coaches. And that last group gives us all a bad name! This past year, I’ve heard far too many stories from desperate job seekers who were scammed by the underbelly of career coaching. The worst stories usually involved the job seeker spending thousands on services that were supposed to get them interviews for high-paying jobs – but nothing materialized. Please, if you are considering investing in some help in your job search this year, I beg you to do your homework!
Ask These Questions BEFORE You Buy!Having been in career coaching for 10+ years and in the HR industry for many years before that, I can tell you if I was in the market for some career coaching, I’d be sure to ask the following:
- Explain the methodology you will use to coach me and give me an example of how you used this technique on someone in my situation?
- How accessible will you be to me beyond the time we book together? (i.e. Will I be able to e-mail you with questions, etc.?)
- I know you can’t guarantee me a job, but what can I expect from us working together?