Frequently Asked Questions
A career consultant is an expert who helps you solve specific career problems by offering professional or technical advice. He or she serves in an advisory capacity and generally works with you to achieve short-term goals, including career exploration, effective job search strategies, resume and career marketing, and interview preparation. The answers to your questions come from the consultant.
A career coach is a professional who helps you explore what you want to achieve in life, and assists you in finding and achieving your potential. Instead of offering advice, a coach listens, asks good questions, provokes thought, and challenges you to generate your own solutions and strategies. He or she also may serve as an accountability partner to help you implement your solutions or strategies. The focus of career coaching is achieving long-term goals. The answers to your questions come from YOU.
Great question! You may want to consider hiring a career consultant in three instances: (1) when you're feeling stuck in your job or career and have tried everything you can think of without success; (2) when you've sent out more than 100 resumes in the last 3-6 months and have received only two responses; and (3) when you've been seriously considering a major career jump for a long time, but cannot seem to move forward. Definitely, do your homework to find the right person for you. Solicit recommendations from friends and colleagues outside of your own company. Ask for a free, initial consultation before you hire a consultant (or coach). Take the time to interview several people for the job. You want to find the right "fit" for you in terms of expertise, personality, and cost of services.