Although they are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between being a job coach and a job search coach.
What is a job coach?
A job coach focused on your success in the current work place by training an employee. I doing so, they him and uses structured intervention techniques to help the employee learn to perform job tasks to the employer’s specifications and to learn the interpersonal skills necessary to be accepted as a worker at the job site and in related community contacts. In addition to job-site training, job coaching includes related assessment, job development, counseling, advocacy, travel training and other services needed to maintain the employment.
In contrast, a job search coach is hired by you to help you find work. They are not a recruiter. Recruiters, whether corporate or agency/3rd party, are hired by employers to fill positions and are paid by those firms.
Corporate recruiters are on the payroll of the employer.
Contingency agency or third party recruiters are only paid when they are successful filling a position with an employer and you remain in the employ of that company for what is usually 90 calendar days.
If you have heard the term, “retained search,” that usually refers to a firm that has been hired by the employer to fill a high-level position. They are usually compensated with a retainer of one third of the projected fee at the time the contract is signed, one third of the projected fee at the time interviewing begins and the balance upon successful completion of the search. Although usually thought of in the context of Philly executive positions, retained search can be used for all types of roles with the firm.
As a result, a recruiter’s interests and yours may be different. After all, when you pay someone nothing and the other party is paying tens of thousands, or hundreds of, thousands of dollars and provides the opportunity for repeat business (and repeat payment). Recruiters work for employers.
In contrast, a job search can works for you and only has your interests at heart. They are not resume writers (although some do write a resume). They don’t find positions for you (also, some may). What they do is help you prepare for interviews, particular resume and/or LinkedIn profile, use their expertise to explain what may be occurring in the search and how to prepare for the next step, as well as help you with negotiating the best terms for yourself.
In effect, they are your agent, guiding you through strategies and tactics that they have generally learned through their work as a recruiter.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.
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