You wouldn’t hire just anybody to give you a haircut right? Well, when looking for a career advisor, you should be just as particular. Let me be the first to break it to you, we’re not all the same!!!
Most career coaches are specifically trained to help people find a job. They’ll help you decide on a specialty that fits your personality, assist you with your search, and some even help you create your interview-worthy resume. That’s perfect for people who know that they’re looking for a J-O-B.
But what if you don’t know what you want to be when you grow up? Or what if you don’t want a job? That’s when you need a career advisor that is trained to think outside of the job box. You need someone that can help you monetize your passions….someone that will be open to hearing all of your “crazy” business ideas and help you narrow down to one profitable idea and give you an execution plan to help you start making money sooner than later.
So if you’re ready to make a career change and decide that you want to invest in a career consultant that can gently guide you into the direction of your dreams, here are some things you need to look out for:
1) Know What Your Investment Is Getting You
Every career advisor has their own approach to helping clients make their best career decisions. Some offer a single coaching session and others may want you to purchase a package of 10 sessions before they’ll work with you. It’s up to you to decide which route you want to go in. If you’re looking to make your career transition sooner than later, then you’ll want to hire someone who can get to the “meat and potatoes” of your career needs.
Also, you don’t want to hire a coach whose business is dependent on you purchasing endless amounts of packages from them. You don’t want someone who will make you feel uncomfortable when you no longer need their services.
I offer a one time 90 minute laser coaching session (and give email support after the call) where I help my clients map out a new career direction. I have clients do some pre-call exercises so that I have a better idea about what their needs are. I find that most people don’t need ongoing coaching to get started in a new career. They need clearly mapped out directions on how they can turn their interests into income.
2) Does The Coach You’ve Chosen Understand Entrepreneurship?
If you’re looking to build multiple streams of income, a side hustle, or a full time business, then you’ll want a coach that understands entrepreneurship. Traditional career coaches aren’t trained to understand the needs of an entrepreneur. Your needs will be different and dealing with someone who has successfully built a business of their own is ideal. Since there are so many moving parts when it comes to building a profitable business, you want someone who can skillfully guide you through the proper steps so that you know the best places to focus your energy. My specialty is helping people profit from their passions.
3) Can you prove that you can help me?
In a time when so many people are calling themselves coaches without the proper training, you want to make sure that the person you hire is actually licensed to help you accomplish your goals. You want someone who has actually completed the necessary training needed to accurately call themselves career coaches. I’m a licenced profiting from your passions career coach. You don’t have to work with me, but make sure that the person you choose to work with is a trained professional.
Now that you know what to look for in a career advisor, if you decide to invest in one, keep these pointers in mind. Also, get on the phone and have a conversation with the person you’d like to work with. You shouldn’t feel rushed or pressured to make a purchase when talking to them. The person you chose should be someone you feel comfortable speaking to. Remember, your going to be sharing your life goals with them and you want to do so in a supportive environment. Good luck with your career transition!!! I’ve made the leap myself and trust me, it’s more than worth it:)