Your competitive advantage in a tight job market
If you are lucky, you may only have to do a rigorous job search four or five times in your life. Given that, how can you expect to master all the latest techniques and evolving trends that are crucial for a successful job search? If you have fallen into the trap of just wildly applying online and hoping for the best, then you need a better job searching strategy. This is where a career coach can make all the difference and shave months off your job search.
What is a Career Coach?
A career coach is an expert in navigating the hiring maze. From understanding the employment market to leveraging different types of networking, a career coach stays on top of the latest trends and tools available to make a difference in landing a job you really love.
A Career Coach can help you
- Create a job search strategy
- Define your personal brand
- Tweak resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and cover letters
- Use LinkedIn effectively
- Improve your negotiation skills
- Track down hiring managers
- Expand your professional network
- Explore opportunities in the hidden job market
- Improve your interview skills
Career Coaching vs. Career Counseling
While a career coach focuses on the practical tools and strategies for your job search, a career counselor is helpful in determining your next career move or professional passions. These licensed therapists may use tools such as personality tests, Strengthsfinder 2.0, or Strong Interest Inventories to help you pinpoint your ideal career. Similarly, they can help you deal with their emotions and feelings surrounding job loss or address psychological blocks that stand in your way to success. While we don’t offer these services at the Personal Touch Career Services, we would be happy to recommend some talented counselors who can provide counseling. We also suggest checking out the counselors in private practice with the Colorado Career Developers Association.
How Coaching Works
Our coaching can be purchased on either an hourly or package basis. At the end of every session, you will get follow-up assignments to reiterate everything you just learned.
During our coaching appointment, we focus on your learning objectives to make the most of your time. We usually start with a comprehensive review of your current tactics to identify and implement best practices for your job search.
We can coach anywhere, anytime…
We are available on evening and weekend hours to accommodate your demanding schedule, in addition to regular business hours. Our office is located in Westminster, Colorado. We can meet at our office, on the phone, or online.
Not located in the Denver area? No worries – coaching can also be done via online meeting through GoToMeeting.com. You will actually see everything we are doing, in real time. No special software is needed – just a high-speed internet connection.
What Makes Our Career Coaches Unique
Unlike many career coaches, our founder and Master Coach Donna Shannon worked as a recruiter for eight years, both as a corporate recruiter and as headhunter. She knows the hiring game from the inside out, and her two books – “How to Get a Job Without Going Crazy” and “Jump Start Your Sane Job Search” – teach job seekers how to get past the guard dogs like herself. Over the years, she has continued to evolve her programs to reflect the latest trends and market conditions.
All our coaches have been trained by Donna personally, and she continues to mentor them to keep them up-to-date on the employment landscape.
Our coaching programs include access to Donna’s online class, “Using LinkedIn to Find a Job Without Going Crazy.” Social media has become a crucial tool for anyone’s job search, with an estimated 90% of employers looking at LinkedIn profiles before calling the candidate for an interview. The class is essential in learning how to reach out to hiring managers directly and networking to gain an insider’s edge with any job posting.
Signature Jump Start Coaching Package
Looking for a comprehensive coaching experience that will teach you everything? Our Jump Start Coaching Package is an ideal solution.
Over the course of five sessions, we take your job search from the basics through advanced techniques, including tracking down hiring managers, networking strategies, tapping the hidden job market, and interviewing. The course includes all materials: Donna’s two books, sample letters, and our online LinkedIn class.
See below what Donna’s Jump Start Coaching Package Includes:
Hourly Coaching Sessions
If you choose one of our hourly sessions, we will pinpoint your specific area of concern to make the most of your time. Not getting enough interviews? We will review your application methods, resume, and LinkedIn profile. Tired of getting contacted about “spam” jobs that aren’t in your industry? We can tell you how to significantly reduce them. Looking for help with your networking skills? We can teach you effective methods that don’t feel pushy or weird to your desired targets.
Interviews tend to be the most stressful part of the job search. Cut that stress down with our unique approach to interview coaching. We start things off by getting your baselines and tailoring the coaching experience just for you.
Explore new theories in the interview process and gain practice exercises to do at your own pace. Your second session consists of a recorded mock interview that is perfect for studying after your coaching sessions are finished. We know you will walk into your interviews with more confidence, and by the end of your sessions, you will too.
Donna is an experienced, effective career consultant. She takes the time to listen and understand your situation and goals. She offers practical advice to guide you through your job search with a warm and caring approach. In addition, she is a whiz at resume/cover letter editing. 10/16/2017
Very good experience. Resume looks great, received good coaching and material to prepare for different level of the interview process. 8/20/2017
Thank you, thank you to both Donna and Beth for all of their help. Donna was thorough in her teaching methods and patient with my exploration of my next career move. Beth worked with me on my LinkedIn profile to find a good balance. 10/10 would work with both again. I know have a job that I love and know that when I need to search for work again, I will have the tools to do so confidently from beginning to end. 8/9/17