#023: Why & How to Hire a Career Coach with Ann Sutton | The Career Reset

What do you need to consider when you hire a career coach?  Why and when do you hire a career coach?

It used to be that people would hire a career coach when there was a ‘problem’.  When they were stuck, or in a panic, or facing a really tough situation. That’s when people think it’s time to hire a career coach.

I think of it like managing your health.  There are those people who don’t get motivated to manage their health until something goes sideways.  They can’t do up their jeans. They got a warning from the doctor or their body isn’t able to perform the way it used to.

A lot of people wait until some kind of ‘threat’ or concern before they ask for help or take action.  And then they sign up for Weight Watchers (or WW as it’s now called… what???). Or they buy books on the Whole 30 or Keto.  They join a running group or hire a trainer to help them get back on track.

But then there are those who are more proactive. 

They don’t wait until things go sideways. They know that it’s easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle than it is to wait until there’s a threat or crisis.  So they have a trainer, and maybe a nutritionist. Or they use one of those food delivery services. They pay to play a sport on a team or join classes at a gym.

Well when you’re thinking about your career, it’s kind of the same thing.  

You can certainly wait until you have an urgent need to hire a career coach. 

Maybe you’ve lost your job.  Maybe you hate your job. Maybe you’re having a hard time with people you work with. Maybe you have a chronic performance or leadership issue that’s getting in your way and you’ve realized it’s time to do something about it.

All of these are good reasons.

A lot of people wait to hire a career coach because of the expense.  Let’s be honest, private coaching is a luxury and the situation better be pretty serious if you’re going to shell out that kind of money, right?

Sure, I get that.  

But these days, you can hire a career coach without going all the way to private sessions.  There are programs and memberships and group coaching and a lot of other tools that make it more accessible to have a coaching partner as part of your ongoing team.  

It’s possible to hire a career coach as a proactive tool vs. a reactive one.

Kind of like a gym membership.

The question is, how do you find the right solution for you? How do you even start finding a career coach that aligns with who you are and what you need? And what you’re willing to invest?

In this episode, I’m talking to Ann Sutton.  A fellow career coach and we discuss why you might need a career coach, what to expect in a career coaching relationship, how to find the right career coach for you and the different modalities of career coaching available to you.

It’s everything you need to know to confidently find and hire a career coach that’s dedicated to helping you create the career you want.

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