The Seattle Times recently ran a terrific article on finding a career coach. If you’re in the market for a career coach, consider these five tips:
1. Clearly define the help you want.
I offer my prospective clients a pre-coaching questionnaire. Many times, I’m told that just completing the questionnaire helps them get clearer about their goals.
2. Research with multiple resources.
Word of mouth, recommendations from your professional organizations, colleagues — all will prove useful resources.
3. Analyze for a good fit.
Look closely at the coach’s website. You should get a very clear and vivid sense of the coach’s approach, specialty, and personality.
4. Put the name into several search engines.
Get a wide perspective on your prospective coach. Look for articles she’l authored as well as articles in which she’s been quoted as an industry expert.
5. Have a conversation with the career coach.
Before any final decision is made, I invite my prospective clients to join me for a preliminary phone meet-and-greet, to see if we’re a good fit.
Bonus: My top three coaching mantras.