New Year? New Career?

With every new year, as a Certified Career Management Coach, I see an huge increase in my client base. This is a great time to say, “Out with the old and in with the new!”. The trend is to make changes in these categories: weight loss, relationships and career. Where I come in is in regard to your career change. Career change is huge. Job search is scary. The unknown can paralyze us. And, sometimes we just simply stay put, thinking we can tolerate the poor work environment, the bad boss, the low pay, the lack of advancement opportunity for just one more year. For all the new clients who enlist my services as their career coach, there are just as many who do not pick up that phone or message my inbox. What is holding them back? Fear. Fear of the unknown. In this post I hope to address some of the biggest issues that contribute to fear. First, let’s look at what to expect when you call me. These is a sampling of the types of questions I will ask you:

  1. How can I help you?
  2. What prompted you to call me today?
  3. What is the most important thing you would like to see changed in your next job/career?
  4. What do you want less of in your next position?
  5. What do you want more of?
  6. What does your target position look like? In what industry?
  7. What would that position bring you (beyond the type of work and the industry), what else is important to you?
  8. What will be different when this happens?
  9. If you had the perfect position what would it be worth to you to have it? How would your life be different?
  10. How long have you been considering this career move?

…..and several additional questions related to your specific situation.

When you pick up the phone and bravely call you should set aside up to 20 minutes to discuss your particular situation with me. At the end of the call you will have a much better idea of what to expect from a coaching relationship with me. You will also have a clearer picture of the actual steps necessary to achieve your goal, the time frame and the financial commitment necessary to get there. Second, you may be afraid that you will ‘get roped into’ something before being able to think about it. Some clients are absolutely ready to jump in and schedule their first coaching session. They have typically been thinking about this for a very long time and are finally ready to move forward. Others may be just testing the waters. That’s okay. Gathering information is the first step. It’s okay to let me know that you are conducting research and are still in the very early stages of making a decision or commitment. I promise never to push you into a coaching relationship. If anything, you will most often hear, “You don’t need to do anything right now. Just take your time and give me a call back when you are ready to get started.” No pressure!! Lastly, some clients have the fear that they will commit to a coaching relationship with the goal of making their long-awaited change and it won’t work. I guard against this by first assessing whether you are ready to make a commitment to our coaching relationship. If there are things that are going to get in your way, I will let you know before we get started. My goal is to help you achieve your goal. I want our experience of working together to be successful. Second, with my coaching practice, you pay as you go. There are no upfront fees. You will receive a PayPal invoice to be paid prior to each coaching session. My goal is to keep it simple and reasonable.