Career Counseling Services

Individuals

  • Do you no longer find your job rewarding, but you're not sure what career would be better?

  • Are you a recent college graduate lacking clarity of what to do now?

  • Does your career have you feeling trapped?

  • Would you like to again feel passionate about your career?

Businesses

  • Is your organization looking for an organizational development consultant that looks at all areas of the organization (marketing, HR, financial, etc.) to assess your needs?

The REAL truth is that you DONT have to settle for less, staying in a job that is not ideal for where you are now. We can help you create your own path to a career you both desire and deserve. Let's work together to define where you are now, where you want to be, and what steps you need to take to have a job that is satisfying, rewarding, and enjoyable! Or, let us take a look at what your organization needs to achieve success to take it to the next level in this ever changing competitive world. Whether it be to connect bridges between departments; fundraising for your non-profit, staff your organization or need a consultant to assist in team building, we can help.

 

Whether you're an established professional already part of a specific industry or field, or you're a recent college graduate just beginning your career search, I can help you identify the perfect career for you. We'll examine your interests, your talents, your dreams, and your goals for the future. We'll identify the barriers that currently prevent you from attaining your goal, and we'll give you the techniques to overcome them. We are with you, each step of the way.

As a certified career coaching and organizational development firm, we've been assisting people in finding or changing careers to attain their greatest career dreams for years, empowering them to identify their ideal career and find their own path to obtain it or assisting organizations with achieving the road to success. We'll help you gain clarity, self-confidence, break organizational silos and the knowledge to succeed this changing work world.

Contact us today to set up a free 20 minute consultation with the purchase of one of our packages.

Finding the right career coach for your needs and personality can be a daunting task. However, it is of the greatest importance to find someone that is not only qualified, but qualified to address your needs. To make sure your career coach is qualified and can deliver what you need, here are 9 tips to consider.

1. Experience

Does the coach have work experience comparable to yours? It is estimated that about 75% of self-proclaimed career coaches actually have little-to-no experience in the workplace and have only been trained in life coaching. Such individuals may have a number of suggestions that seem wise on the surface, but have few practical suggestions on how to help you achieve your professional goals.

2. Credentials

Choose a coach who belongs to trade organizations like the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and the International Association of Business Coaches (IABC), International Coach Federation (ICF) or other related organizations like the Association for Talent Development (ATD) or the Society Human Resources Management (SHRM). In the federal sector, federal career coaches will be certified through the Federal Career Training Institute in Baltimore, MD and have the designations of Certified Federal Job Search Trainer (CFJST) and/or Certified Federal Career Coach (CFCC). These affiliations are a sign of formal training and of adherence to general standards of professionalism.

3. Credibility

Select someone that has a solid and quality reputation in the industry. Your coach should be active and visible in the industry, publishing books and articles in major media, as well as presenting new ideas at professional conferences. It is crucial to validate the person's standing. Select a coach for whom coaching was a first career choice, not someone who may have failed in another role and found coaching as a default role to which he or she may not be 100% committed.

4. Testimonials

Request that the coach provide you with references from past clients. If he or she declines, or if you're offered just one or two, this could be a point of concern. You should certainly inquire as to why you cannot have a broad(er) sample. Whether there may have been bad experiences or no experiences (due to inexperience) in the past, there could be something that is not quite on the level. Do some research on the Web and see if you find any comments about this individual.

5. Methods

Some coaches insist that you come to their location in person; others will agree to meet with you at a local coffee shop or even work with you by phone or by email. If you would prefer a particular meeting location or method, make sure the coach you're considering will at least discuss your request.

6. Goals

Any decent career coach should be able to help you find and establish your professional goals. However, before meeting with anyone, take some time to determine your own goals and potential milestones. When you do meet with your coach, inquire as to when you can expect to see results, and what those results might look like. If your coach is unable to give you answers in this regard, he or she is asking you to drive without directions.

7. Consultation

Your first meeting is vital in establishing the extent to which your potential coach and you are compatible (or not). Don't forget: this an individual with whom you will be revealing personal aspects and details of your life. Make sure you make the most of the first session, but also bear in mind that the first consultation should be free. Beware of anyone who charges for an initial consultation.

8. Guarantee

Inquire as to what sort of guarantee the coach provides. While there are many factors in beginning a new career and securing the right position, you are paying for a service and should end up satisfied. For example, imagine that in spite of all your work and investigations into improving your professional situation, your energy spent with the career coach, the work doesn't lead anywhere. In such a situation, what recourse will you have? Will he or she refund your money, extend the term of service, or does the coach offer an alternative plan?

9. Fees

Career coach rates vary substantially with coaches who target middle managers charging anywhere from $50 to $800 for sessions that may last an hour or an entire day. Some coaches want to meet with you only a few times, to help you get started in a new direction, while others want to work with you in a far more long-term manner. Some individuals provide you with various materials to supplement your coaching sessions; others rely more on the outcome of your meetings. Make sure you understand from the get-go how much you will be paying and what services you'll receive for that rate. For business organizational consultation services, call 240-938-4667 for pricing.  

 

 

 

 

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