Where Do Career Coaches Come From?

From time to time, I troll LinkedIn discussion groups or blogs seeking the voices of other job seekers. Misery does love company, after all.  I seem to find more content from career coaches than job seekers.  I have a theory that a certain percentage of job seekers give up finding regular employment and become career coaches instead.   “As in, if you can’t do, teach?” 

I have seen some useful information posted online, mind you, and I’d never argue against getting an independent opinion regarding one’s resume or job search techniques.  Sometimes the truth hurts.  Just make sure the advice you act upon reflects who you are, and how you approach the world.

Among those who are blogging about their own job search, there seems to be an oversupply of freshly minted graduates, many of whom do a lot of whining about their plight.  I’m not unsympathetic.  A blog can be a great place to vent and being unemployed or underemployed is not fun.  Doubly true for those with few other resources to draw on, and younger people may have a smaller network of people already in good jobs.   Or, are more seasoned job-hunters less likely to share their personal thoughts in a public forum?  I suspect that may be true, too.

It being the Lunar New Year, I wish good fortune to all job seekers in this Year of the Snake, and especially those willing to blog about their experiences. 

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3 thoughts on “Where Do Career Coaches Come From?

  1. Most coaches are people who have these things going for them:

    People seek you out for your advice. Whether it’s after church, at a Chamber of Commerce meeting or at a social event, people are always asking for your advice and opinion.

    You value personal growth. You set and accomplish your own goals in multiple areas of your life.

    You see great potential in people. And it frustrates you when they don’t exercise that potential.

    You build strong relationships easily. You relate well to others personally, in business and just in the ordinary encounters in life.

    You don’t need anyone to motivate you or schedule your time. You exercise discipline in your own life and want others to know the freedom that comes from reaching new goals.

    You recognize you’ve already been coaching – you just need a way to formalize what you’re already doing. Now you’re ready to schedule sessions and charge for your expertise.

    • Excellent points you make! There is definitely a need for career coaches, I’m just guessing it’s a very crowded marketplace if you’re trying to charge for your expertise.

      • Actually it’s not. There’s so many people who could career coaching. I mean just think about college students, veterans, seniors, 30 year olds and corporate companies. Remember career coaching also involves life coaching because your work should be around your life not the other way around.

        And career coaching involves looking at the different work models: freelancers, starting a business, coaching, consulting, advising, electronic immigrant, temp, contract and etc.

        There’s more harvest than workers.

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