Some people want to generate the most money in exchange for their time and skills. While others use jobs as stepping stones to leadership positions in certain industries. Both goals are okay. However, the first statement is an example of immediate gratification and while the other statement is an example of delayed gratification. Immediate gratification is the result of short-term goals, which take between one to six months to achieve. Long-term goals could take six month to retire to achieve, which results in delayed gratification.

If you want a job for the sole purpose of generating the most income immediately, then a Job Coach can satisfy this short-term goal. If you are seeking to use jobs as stepping stones resulting in a leadership position in a certain industry (stepping stones such as internships, fellowships, guilds, or extensive professional training), then a Career Coach would best help you design a roadmap (career plan) and hold you accountable along the way. Individuals who may take a lower or not paying job to gain experience or develop credibility or relationships with people in executive positions should seek a Career Coach.

What is a Job Coach?

Job Coaches guide individuals seeking jobs suitable to their skills, interests, and restrictions. They are experts in job searching, resume and cover letter building, and the interviewing process.

What is a Career Coach?

Career Coaches may or may not have a certification but experts in skills such as career planning, negotiation, and leadership skills.

How to Select the Right Job Coach or Career Coach for You?

The relationship you will have with a Job Coach is often short-term or sporadic. Your relationship with a Career Coach is long-term and on-going. You should consider the following when seeking a Job Coach or Career Coach:

  • Credentials
  • Credibility
  • Competency
  • Compatibility
  • Connections

CREDENTIALS

The Job Coach or Career Coach credentials must have one or more of the following: a certification, a degree, or relevant work experience.

CREDIBILITY

The Job Coach or Career Coach should have one or more of the following to valid his/her effectiveness: awards, reviews, testimonies, or word-of-mouth referrals. In Lean Six Sigma (process improvement), when seeking improvement in a product or service, the team looks at the customer’s voice because the customer creates the value of a product and/or service. The same philosophy or principle applies to the work of a Job Coach or Career Coach. The word ‘credibility’ is interchangeable with the word ‘value’.

COMPETENCY

Your Job Coach or Career Coach must have specific knowledge and/or experience in your industry or field. Not all career paths are created equal. Each company has its own requirement for skill level, personality traits, experience (and length of experience), travel frequency, etc. You should not spend a lot of time educating the Job Coach or Career Coach on the job process in your industry.

COMPATIBILITY

Your Job Coach or Career Coach must have personality traits and work ethic that you respect, appreciate, and value.

CONNECTIONS

Your Job Coach or Career Coach should have connections with decision-makers in those industries. Having connections could help your Job Coach with industry research related to jobs in your field and geographical location, decision-makers in your industry, and job and job requirement trends. Your Job Coach or Career Coach should conduct informational interviews with decision-makers of companies and attend networking opportunities in your industry, stay visible, and build relationships. Their connections in their network. Their network is their net worth. You want a Job Coach or Career Coach who can use their connections and your connections as leverage for your job hunt or career.

At the end of the day, you want results. Conducting thorough research before hiring a Job Coach or Career Coach or career services company will help you avoid disappointment and wasting time and money.

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