Before becoming a job search coach, I spent time trying to figure out what made a good one.
People I asked applied some of their own lessons about what made them effective in their professions.
For example, people with experience as managers thought of certifications as being a possible way for discerning the difference between one coach and another. Investigating the certifications available offered a lot of career coaching certifications (assisting people with changing professions, rather than jobs) and not much relevant to job search. One program offered to teach me how to puty the right keywords in a resume, navigate employment websites and “find the perfect words for an interview.”
I could see certifications were not going to be helpful.
Another group of people thought a former recruiter might make a good job search coach . . . but then I found were were very inexperienced and, frankly were people who could not explain their way out of a paper bag.
And then people started to say, “What about you, Jeff? You’ve been helping people for a long time, haven’t you? You have created videos, lots of podcasts, articles, books, filled positions . . . What about you?”
I will go one extra step beyond a background like mine.
Find a job search coach you feel comfortable talking with PLUS the experience of filling jobs PLUS someone who has the ability to translate all the elements of job hunting in ways that make sense for you. After all, it makes no sense for a job search coach to give you information you don’t understand or can’t apply to your search, right.
It only works if you can follow their strategy and execute on their tactics.
The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a leadership and career coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.