Using Career Coaches And Mentors Effectively Is All About Timing

It’s a stressful time for many people at the moment, knowing that redundancies, job cuts and changes to working conditions are on the horizon. It’s hitting people who never imagined they’d be unemployed, because work environments that were once considered completely secure are now being impacted by “economic necessities”.

You went from having set works hours to the vast open space of free time. We all long for it, but when it’s before us free time can be daunting. Make sure that you set and hold “work hours” each day. That is, dedicated and focused time toward your job search. Know in advance what you’ll do each day.

Certified career coaching certification singapore coaches, like the author, are also available. Coaches work with you one-on-one or in groups (typically with over the phone convenience) to build your communication and confidence. You can use your sessions to practice interviewing and receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses. Coaches point out where you’re going astray, how to maximize your efforts and keep you on track so you can obtain the best possible job options.

Where do you look for a coach? My favorite way of finding anything I need is to ask others who have had experience with it. So to find a coach I would ask my friends who their coach is. If that doesn’t work then there are directories of coaches on the web. A few such websites are: and .

#1 Have A Plan: In the job search as in home improvement, you need a plan. You can’t just buy a bunch of supplies and get to work. You have to plan out the project and lay the foundation. The same goes for the job search. Once you’ve determined the job you want, you have to decide how you’re going to find that job. If you aren’t finding enough leads, you have to figure out how to get more or better leads. If you’re getting interviews, but not getting the right offers, you might need to fine tune your interviewing skills. Put your efforts where they will be most effective based on what needs to be done. For example, don’t waste time tweaking your resume and scouring job listing sites, if what you really need is interview preparation.

It may be challenging, but set at least one goal that is three to five years in the future. This will give you a bird’s eye view of what you’re moving toward. Write down your future goal with a date associated with it, such as: To advance my career and get a marketing manager job by June 30, 2011. Let your goal stretch you. Also make it real enough that you believe you can do it. Your longer-term goal will inform goals you need to set today.

This is the Big Kahuna. The Chief. The Big Guy. The Man. And yes, the real decision maker. This my friend, is show-time, this is make or break time, this is use all the knowledge you can muster.

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