I frequently get emails asking for recommendations on job coaches who are in or around the city where the job seeker is. For some reason they want to be close enough to meet with the job coach in person.
My response is “send me your resume and I’ll pass it on to my coach partners. My coaches usually specialize in a profession/area (like Project Managers or CFOs or CEOs) or an industry (like retail, banking, etc.). If any of them see a connection between your resume and their specialty, they’ll get back to you.”
It’s more important, when you look for a job coach, that they understand your profession and/or industry than whether you can meet with them, face-to-face.
Let me take that back just a little… some of my coaches prefer the face-to-face, and some clients prefer the face-to-face. There is great power in face-to-face, whether it’s with coaching or with networking or with sales or with __________. But I think that having a virtual job coach is totally acceptable.
To put it simply, would you rather meet with someone face-to-face who doesn’t understand your profession/industry, or meet with a job coach virtually who has helped dozens or hundreds of people who have similar career paths to yours land a job? Getting the best of both worlds might make you lucky, and I’m not against it, but I think it’s more important to be aligned with their specialty rather than just be in the same city.
When you look for a job coach, consider WHAT they specialize in, not WHERE they are. With that perspective, a virtual job coach makes sense, doesn’t it?