I got this tweet a couple of weeks ago from Craig Murden:
I have blogged about this before in the following posts:
- The Professional Job Search Creed – 1 of 10 (November 17, 2006)
- I Have A Coach – Do You? (July 16, 2007)
- I Hate My Coach (August 21, 2007)
A job search coach would have significantly changed my job search… here are two reason why:
- I was doing the wrong stuff in my job search, but I didn’t know it. I spun my wheels, and got frustrated, but didn’t know I should do something else.
- I had no accountability to anyone. Everyone treated me with kid gloves since they didn’t know how to ask if I was still unemployed. It’s a touchy subject that many don’t ask about.
Now, you can PAY for a coach, or you can find a “buddy,” as Craig suggests. Either are okay options, in my opinion. During my job search I didn’t think I could afford a coach, and I’m not sure if I was ready to be a good client of a coach.
I have seen, however, many job seekers find someone they can be accountable to from job search clubs – essentially their job search peers. Some of those relationships lasted beyond the job search, which I think is pretty cool. I think there are two keys to a coaching relationship:
- Principle-based methodology. If someone is your job search coach and they tell you to do bad stuff (like spend all your time on job boards, or apply to newspaper ads 100% of the time), you have the wrong coach. This is where a professional job search coach comes in – not only are they principle-based, they have a lot of experience with their other clients that will help you keep your job search as short as possible.
- Accountability. You must be accountable to someone for your weekly (daily?) goals and targets. This CANNOT be your spouse, as your spouse is TOO close to the emotional outcome of the job search. I know career coaches who won’t coach their spouses
Do you have a coach? If not, go get one. In the link above, the first point in the Job Search Creed is to get a coach.