Do You Need Job Search Help?
- Can you communicate your unique strengths confidently to others?
- Are you prepared for a behavior-based interview?
- Are you tired of rejection in your job search?
- Are you feeling stuck or unmotivated?
A career coach can help guide you through the job search process, help you maintain focus and stay on track towards your goals, and communicate your value effectively to potential employers. Working with a job search coach can help you stay accountable and find a job faster.
Whether you are coping with job loss, starting new again, or simply ready to find something different, a job coach can collaborate with you to develop a job search strategy and will support you through each step of the process. Job search help is available!
“My counselor has a high level understanding of critical issues; her compassion, guidance and focus stand out. I have a highly stressed job and she had help me to focus and concentrate on what really matters which is my “well being”. She also has helped me with my company’s career assessment review and performance profile by proofreading and critiquing my assessment answers. I just received my scores, which were average of 95%. This score will place me on the high end of the list when it comes to promotion.” -career management and work stress
The Reality of the Job Market
More than 70% of jobs are never advertised. Relying on the job ads is one of the least effective ways to get work. You need to know what you really want and are suited to so that you can then implement a creative multi-strategy job search plan.
The job search process can be a very frustrating and disorienting experience. Many people feel helpless, afraid, or angry about looking for a job in the first place. You’re not alone. You can get your career back on track. You may need to step out of your comfort zone, but that is where job search help can be beneficial. At Eddins Counseling Group in Houston, Tx, we will work together to help you identify specific needs, problems, and challenges that you can solve for a company vs. simply identifying posted job leads. You’ll learn to present yourself in a compelling way. By doing so, you’ll begin to feel in charge of your career vs. helpless and afraid.
Regardless of the job market, it’s important for you to be clear on the type of work you
would love to do and the ideal work situation for you. Your clarity and focus will come through in the job search and employers will respond and see you as the ideal fit for the position. Before you begin your job search, you will need to know: what is my career objective (as specific as possible) and what can I uniquely offer a potential employer? If you do not have the answer to these 2 questions, you are not ready for the job search. The job search is a way to find a place where you can begin to thrive. It can feel scary and you might doubt that it is out there, but have faith. Even if you don’t find the best fit right away, you can get one step closer to your goal through your next decision.
Candidates who are well-prepared and present themselves as an ideal fit can get job offers over more experienced candidates. You don’t necessarily have to have the highest qualifications, so don’t rule yourself out. Stay focused on your goals and work with a job coach to have an outside perspective of what is possible and how to get there.
“My counselor was extremely helpful in “repackaging” my skill set by helping me revise my resume to reflect the skills I want to use.” – 32 year old male, Business.
“Joan had an excellent understanding of my industry, which helped me to explore career ideas with her and ultimately decide on a direction.” -career direction
Steps to Follow in Your Job Search
Here are some strategies that you might find useful as you embark on the job search process. This list may seem overwhelming, so just start with the first point and identify one small way you can implement that in your day to day and proceed with the next. Some may not apply to you so skip to the next. However, you also don’t want to underestimate the value each step can provide. A job coach can work with you each step of the way and help better prepare you to land your next position or career move.
- Start with your mind-set; believe that you can and will find the right job for you.
- Do the inside work first, i.e., who are you, what are your strengths, what is your objective and what do you have to offer? Get clear on your ideal work situation. Be open to areas outside your industry or that you haven’t considered before.
- Get support and take good care of yourself (get plenty of rest, exercise, eat well, engage in your hobbies, and talk to someone about the emotions you’re experiencing). Consider getting job search help as a way to balance the stress of the process and have an objective perspective keeping you on track.
- Stay engaged, involved and active in your industry.
- Seek certifications or additional training to upgrade your skills and knowledge.
- Research your industry and know what is going on in the market.
- Connect with people on a regular basis and expand your relationships. Develop a short introduction that explains to others who you are and what you are looking for.
- Leverage technology; use social networking tools such as LinkedIn (many employers search here first), blogs, career portals, and virtual job fairs.
- Update your resume (but don’t get stuck on this!)
- Prepare a compelling, unique cover letter.
- Consider temporary, contract or part-time positions. Volunteer, intern, or take on a consulting contract.
- Practice interviewing skills. Your job coach can perform mock interviews with you. Read our job interview advice.
- Develop and practice salary negotiating skills and negotiate any offers presented to you.
- Watch your attitude. It can get disappointing, frustrating and even feel hopeless at times. You don’t want to come off as negative to others as they’ll turn away from you and most importantly, you don’t want to give up hope for yourself. We have worked with numerous clients who were feeling frustrated down and disappointed only later to feel happier as their new path opened up better opportunities or life situations.
“I received an offer! Your help and advice played a huge part in my success and I wanted to thank you for helping me focus and get ready for interviews.” – DH, Accounting
Job Search Coaching Can Help You:
- Identify your job search objective and go after the job you really want
- Know your unique gifts, accomplishments, competencies, and skills
- Identify career options that may be overlooked
- Build self-confidence and motivation in your job search
- Develop clear messages to communicate your value to others who can help
- Create an accomplishment-based resume
- Write an effective cover letter
- Practice and prepare for interviews
- Identify which companies, industry areas or clients need your unique skill set
- Organize and plan an effective job search
- Convey your value to potential employers
- Communicate your strengths without having to “schmooze”
- Create opportunities for yourself vs. waiting for vacancies to open up
- Discover how to utilize the hidden job market to find a job fast
- Overcome feelings of fear and anxiety about your career
- Deal with procrastination in your job search
- Prepare for salary and benefits negotiation
The mock interview format is a great way to ease your nerves and prepare me for the real thing. Meeting with my career counselor helped me improve my interview skills and gave me the constructive criticism I needed. I found it particularly helpful when getting advice for the “please describe yourself ” that is an ever important icebreaker in most interviews. I feel the preparation helped improve my confidence in answering a variety of difficult questions. I would highly recommend Daniel as a career counselor. You’ll leave the experience feeling more confident about your interview skills.” -job search, interview prep