Frequently Asked Questions

What is a job search coach?

A job search coach is a professional who helps individuals looking to do any of the following:

  • Make a change in their career, enter the market for the first time or re-enter the job market
  • Overcome obstacles in their job search process
  • Develop professional skills

A job search coach can help you with the following specific aspects of your job search:

  • Help you identify and assess your talents, abilities and true potential
  • Determine the types of jobs that match your interests and skills
  • Develop an actionable job search plan
  • Identify your strengths and overcome your weaknesses
  • Create and optimise your ‘marketing tools’
  • Learn to network
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Encourage you throughout the process and boost your level of confidence especially in the area of job search

Why should I use a Job Search Coach?

If you’ve ever used the services of an Insurance Broker, an Estate Agent, a Solicitor, a Financial Advisor, or an Accountant, you’ve recognised the value of professional services.

If you are currently employed but unhappy in your current role, a good Job Search Coach has the tools, resources and experience available to help you navigate toward a new and more rewarding career. If you are unemployed, an experienced Job Search Coach can save you time and money by helping you through their coaching to get back to work sooner than you would on your own.

What kind of clients do you work with?

One of the things I love most about what I do is the wide variety of individuals that I have been privileged to work with. I routinely work with graduates/new entrants to the job market and C level executives and everyone in between. I work with clients who are looking for clarity in their job search.

The challenges of figuring out what you want to do next in life are not unique to any age range, education level, or economic status. It’s why I like to schedule an initial 20 min free consultation call, either in person, on the phone, or via Zoom, to learn about what is going on with you and determine if I can be of assistance and what that would look like.

What makes you different from all the other Job Search Coaches out there?

Great question. To date I have close to a 100% success rate. All clients to date, that have engaged me in their job search process or have used the 60 1:1 Job Search Programme all are now happily working in a role that they wanted.

I would rather you go to my testimonials on my website or my reviews in google so that you can read what others say about me rather than me tell you about how good I am.

What’s the single biggest mistake people make in a job search?

Generally speaking, it’s the things that people don’t know they should be doing that hold them back. There is so much misinformation and conflicting information, never mind the overwhelming quantity of information out on the web that can in fact compound the difficulties and frustrations of conducting an effective job search. If I were to sum it up, I would say the single biggest mistake is just that people don’t know what they don’t know about conducting an efficient and effective job search campaign. This means that it seems impossible to even start or know where to start, never mind negotiate the path through.

Will a Job Search Coach find me a job?

Absolutely not! No more than a boxing coach will get in the ring and fight the fight for you. A job search coach is your teacher/mentor and accountability partner. They will give you all the training you need but it’s still up to you to fight the fight. (Just to let you know, I would be dubious about engaging anyone that says they are going to find you a job for a fee.)

What a Job Search Coach won’t do:

  • Tell you exactly what job you should go for. The idea of having somebody telling you exactly what you should do and make your decisions for you is not what career coaching is about. Like a Freudian psychotherapist, the coach will not be giving you the answers but rather ask probing questions for you to reach the solution yourself. Just like with psychotherapy, this can be a lengthy process so the more clarity you have already, the quicker this process will be.
  • Know everything about you and what you should pursue. Some coaches will purport to have the answers and solutions to your career before you sign up and have your first session. Stay away from any coach claiming this, as this is impossible. It’s impossible for a coach to turbocharge your career, only you can make this happen.
  • Come with you to interviews or write your CV. They are there to assist you with a job application process, not to do it for you.

How long does it take to find a job?

Unfortunately, there is very little way to predict that. Everyone’s situation is unique, and depending on someone’s background and earnings level, it could take a couple weeks or up to 6 to 8 months or more for executive level or highly specialised occupations.

The two main factors that affect the length of job search. Firstly, how hard are you willing to work at it? Your Job Search process needs to be treated like a job and you need to be focussed on the tasks required, so therefore you need to bring some discipline to the process in order to see success.

And secondly, how effective is the job search you are conducting? Unfortunately, 100% of us don’t know what we don’t know. Do you know the particular tasks you should be doing every single day in order to maximise your efforts and minimise the time it will take you to land in a new, highly satisfying role? If you are unsure about this then contact me and I have a tried and tested process that will bring you clarity and confidence, while delivering results.