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What is a Career Coach?

It seems we all get a little stuck in our careers from time to time. After all, we experience tremendous growth as people throughout the years; it stands to reason that our career aspirations would too. Whether you’re a student who just doesn’t know what they want to do with their life, or you’re a seasoned professional with years under your belt, you can benefit from the services of a career coach.

First off, what’s a career coach? A career coach is a professional who works alongside clients to help them work toward achieving any career related-goal, whether that’s to clarify a career direction, execute a job search, make a shift, or develop application materials.

Career coaches can offer services such as resume building and negotiation skills, or they can take a more philosophical approach to help you explore what you may want to do with your professional life. Whether you’re looking for a job, seeking advice regarding a current role, or considering a major career change, a career coach can help you take that next step. Some, like Lucero Wellbeing, help people navigate protected leaves, ADA, company policies, and HR or employment issues.

Whatever targeted service you need help with, there are many reasons why you should hire a career coach for help in your professional life.

How a Career Coach Can Help You

From career planning to career transition to career advancement, there are many ways a career coach can help guide you along in the next phase of your professional journey. Let’s go over some of those benefits today.

Career coaches can…

Accelerate Your Job Search Process

At the most basic level, career coaches can help you locate jobs that may be best for you, work on your resume, prep you for interviews, give you tips on networking strategies, optimize your LinkedIn connections, give you job search tips, and navigate compensation negotiation.

Advance Your Career

If you’re looking to advance your career in some way, whether that’s to seek a promotion, take on a high-profile project, or build relationships with senior management, career advancement is a big benefit of career coaching.

Discover Your Next Move

If you’ve been feeling stuck in a rut, a career coach can help you determine what’s been getting in your way, what is dissatisfying about your current role, the type of career change you may want, and help you define the elements of a fulfilling career.

Evaluate Your Career Options

Perhaps you have multiple career options you could seek, whether you’re contemplating a pivot into management within your current industry or you want to bring your skills to a whole new industry. A career coach’s neutral perspective will bring an objective eye to the decision in a way that best aligns with your goals.

Manage Your Career

A career isn’t a set-it-and-forget-it thing. It has to be cultivated, nurtured, grown, and maintained in order for it to work for you over the long haul. Just like any project you would manage within your job, career management involves milestones to hit along the way as well as measurable goals to look forward to. A career coach can take a holistic look at your career and help you develop a road map for navigating it.

Hone Your Personal Brand

Your personal brand is critical in shaping how others see you and recognize your worth. Whether internally (the work you produce within the company) or externally (original content you have created, authored books, thought leadership shared with others, etc.), a career coach can develop or update your brand and visibility, says Forbes.

Update Career Advancing Skills

Most careers evolve as the years wear on. This requires you to periodically upskill or reskill to either make career changes or advance within your existing career. Your coach can give you the tools to map out a plan for adjusting or acquiring the necessary skills to position you for growth.

A career coach can help with all of the above and more. So, if you’re feeling stuck in your current career, want to consider a change, or are just looking for guidance, consider hiring a career coach to navigate the best path forward. Remember: if you’re not moving forward, you’re stagnating. Don’t get stuck. Call us instead.

Book a Session With a Lucero Career Coach Today

Lucero Wellbeing, a private practice in California and Nevada that provides mental health services, specializes in career coaching. No matter where you are in your professional journey, we can provide candid answers to your career-related questions and help guide you along the way. Contact us today to learn more about our career coaching services in Las Vegas and beyond. Backed by decades of executive experience, we know how the corporate world operates and how you can make it work for you.