Job Search Question Of The Week: How Can I Find A Good Career Coach?

Sep 21 2011 in Featured, Job Search Strategy, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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At the end of my Resume Revolution complimentary webinars (enroll at, I open up the floor to job search questions … from you.

This was an especially interesting job search question from M.P:

Q: What is the best way of finding a good career coach? I need help with my job search. I have received valuable feedback from a hiring manager regarding my resume. I have been looking for over a year.

reCareered: You’ll find many on Career Coaches on Career Central at , one of Linkedin’s largest groups for job seekers. I created this group to bring candidates, coaches, and employers together in a single place.

Additional advice:

  1. Know who’s giving the advice: Make sure the person you’re communicating with is the actual person doing the coaching/writing (rather than a salesperson, with staff doing the actual coaching/writing). It’s a little more expensive but well worth it, when you find someone you’re comfortable with. Stay away from coaching “farms” and resume “mills” that have staff do all the client work. It’s worth it to work with a smaller volume coach who gives personal service.
  2. Stay away from HR certifications: Certified coaches and resume writers often have very little actual professional experience helping people find jobs. Many have tried to break into coaching/resume work (with little prior hiring experience) by taking an inexpensive cert class that gives them “magic” initials after their name. Better to work with someone who has a background hiring people for many companies, so they can share how a wide variety of companies handle hiring. Experience trumps certifications – every time.
  3. Former outside recruiters: Former outside recruiters might be your best bet (if you can find them). Coaches and resume writers with this background have a unique perspective of what works for hiring managers, often for a wide variety of companies, positions and levels. Quality recruiters make good money and those who transition into career coaching probably aren’t your least expensive choice – but often your best choice.
  4. Make sure they “get” you: Explain your career issues during an intro session and make sure your perspective coach has a plan to help you overcome your specific barriers.
  5. Cheapest is usually worst: Quality coaches charge more, because they can demand more. Coaching is a personal service, and you get what you pay for here. A good budget is 10% of your estimated annual income, especially if you are facing problems in your search such as career transition, career change, ageism (age 40+), industry downturn, management/executive positions, desired geographic move, gaps or other issues that make job search more difficult.
  6. Weed through opposing opinions: If you ask 10 people about your resume, you’ll get 10 different opinions, often conflicting. Open your mind to alternative approaches and determine which opinion seems right for your specific situation.
  7. Go with your gut: Your gut is usually a pretty good judge.

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  1. One-on-one services: .
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