How can I find a career coach in the offline world? In what way can a coach be helpful?
The new breed of coaches are more like business consultants. They focus on working with managers to set goals and maximize performance – on the job and in their personal lives.
Coaching these days is not therapy. Coaches don’t work on personal issues or delve into a client’s past. That knowledge may come as clients move forward toward personal and professional goals, but it is not the focus of a coaching relationship. As a perk in today’s tight job market, increasing numbers of companies are picking up the tab for these coaches.
The best way to find a good coach is the same as finding a good dentist or hairdresser – ask your colleagues, friends, and family. You can decide by interviewing different ones. Make sure you write down a list of questions you can use to interview a prospective coach.
Here are a couple books you might check out that will help with finding a good career coach:
- “Take Time for Your Life: A Personal Coach’s Seven-Step Program for Creating the Life You Want,” by Cheryl Richardson
- “Do What You Are : Discover the Perfect Career for You Through the Secrets of Personality Type,” by Paul D.Tieger, Barbara Barron-Tieger
For a list of coaches in your area, check out the International Coach Federation’s website.