A career coach is a qualified professional who is trained and skilled at providing professional career guidance to individuals to support them by coaching them through career decisions. And, whether you've worked with a career coach before or this is your first time, chances are you have questions.
Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions, so you can make an informed decision and invest in the program that best fits your goals
There are several benefits to hiring a career coach and some might surprise you.
Support - Your career coach is there for non-judgmental support during your job search. Whether it's an advancement or a new career, working toward that goal can be lonely. They can help you see the big picture while you concentrate on immediate issues. They'll listen and point out new perspectives, and help uncover hidden opportunities. They provide expert advice for overcoming obstacles between you and your dream career.
Provide structure - Searching for a job isn't easy. You may be frustrated, annoyed, and even demoralized. Your program may include regular productive meetings with your coach via phone and/or Zoom which will give you stability and structure, and carry over into your transition to a new career. Your coach will also require accountability from you as you work to achieve your goals.
Help with focus - Staying focused during your search is key to your success. Working with a career coach may eliminate a lot of wasted time and misdirected effort. Your meetings with your coach will hone your focus on what you want and need from a job, both today and in the future. They will evaluate your passions, values, and interests to ensure that you don't settle for a position that will not meet your needs or make you happy.
Instill confidence - It's easy to feel your confidence falter, especially if you have already been turned down for a dream position. Your coach will help you recognize your strengths and weaknesses, instead of focusing on your perceived flaws. Your coach will help keep your self-confidence realistic and strong. This will translate positively to employers in your interviews.
There are advantages and disadvantages to almost everything, including hiring a career coach.
A career coach:
- Teaches you how to listen to your inner voice to find out what makes you happy
- Provides encouragement and support
- Reviews and provides feedback on your job search marketing materials and if needed will assist in writing your materials
- Helps reduce the stress of job searching
- Helps you navigate job search-related roadblocks
- Helps uncover opportunities in careers you may not have thought of
- Eliminates time wasted searching for the wrong job
- Reinforces confidence in your abilities, in interviewing and networking
- Is trained to listen and help you discover your true interests, strengths, and passions
- Holds you accountable for your actions or lack thereof
- It’s an added expense if you have no discretionary income
- It may take time to find a career coach you're comfortable with
- It can be scary to try new things and push yourself
Hiring a career coach is almost always a shortcut to finding the job that best suits you. Investing your time and doing the recommended work under the guidance of a good career coach will pay off now and for many years to come.
Our career coaches are here to support you in a vast array of career decisions, which may include assisting you in the transition of a new job. However, a career coach is not a job recruiter and will not be physically locating job opportunities on your behalf.
While there are no industry regulations for becoming a career coach, our career coaches have decades of career coaching experience in addition to years of extensive training and serious credentials.
Our career coaches are formally screened when they apply to be a TurnKey Career Coach. We ensure that they meet or exceed our high standards for qualifications and demonstration of excellence in the field of career coaching.
References are available upon request.
This is a great question! There are similarities between the two professions. A career counselor will provide you with information in the industry you're interested in and give you advice on where to apply. A career coach looks deeper at your interests, strengths, and passions and may suggest a position in an industry you hadn't considered.
Career counselors build tools to assist you in your job search from a direct, educational point of view. They look at the current employment landscape and help you find a job in an industry that is currently hiring. If you're a recent college grad or are just entering the workforce without any formal training a career counselor can help you find employment.
However, if you are switching careers or are looking for a job you'll be passionate about, you want to hire a career coach. They will take the time to delve deep into your passions and interests to help set you on the path to find the life’s work you will love.
The two professions are similar in several ways but only a career coach will help you identify your goals and also help you reach them.
We have developed several career coaching packages that are extremely affordable. While fees for career coaches vary by experience and by your selected program or package, we work hard to ensure that coaching is affordable and available to everyone.
We would be delighted to schedule a free consultation to talk about which program is the best fit for your needs. Please feel free to call us at 832-617-7227 or email Coach@TurnKeyCareerCoaching.com.
There are three levels of career coaches and this affects the rates they charge. The three levels are:
Mentors have less experience but often specialize in helping individuals find a rewarding career path. Their high-quality services are affordable and the price point is designed for clients on a budget.
Coaches have more experience and charge a little more for their services. For professionals looking to advance or switch careers, it is important to have an excellent coach to navigate the stumbling blocks and assist your advanced level search.
Master coaches typically work with senior executives and leaders due to their exceptional experience. The cost of their services also reflects their years of expertise.
Even though there are different types of career coaches, in our programs, all are thoroughly vetted and backed with years of experience. The differing prices are also due to the variety of services offered in the selected program. Some programs give clients more time with the coach and this will be reflected in the price.
- Reach out to us for a free career coaching consultation or select your career coaching package online and submit payment.
- If you have selected your package and paid online, you will receive a confirmation via email of your program and your next steps.
- Time to select your career coach and schedule your first session! Book a coach today!
- Your career coach will walk you through your program and prepare you for everything you need to get started.
Each career coaching program is designed to be uniquely customized to your career goal needs. The truth is that only you can answer this question. We encourage you to narrow your choices by reviewing our program descriptions and comparing them to your specific needs. Need more help? Call us today for a free consultation.
Once your session is booked, the coach will send you a confirmation email within one business day. If you don't receive the email, first check your spam folder. The majority of our coaches respond to clients within a few hours. If you haven't received an email within one business day, please contact our customer support team.
You will be working directly with your selected career coach and receive personal, customized attention. Your coach will ask you questions to better understand your current career situation, any barriers to change, and what your career goals are. Your coach will also work with you to clarify your values, skill sets, and career ambitions to determine your best next steps.
Typically, it takes one to two weeks to complete your career coaching package that includes a customized resume and cover letter. This timeline may extend depending on your scheduled session with your career coach and how many edits are included in your package.
Of course, if you need to expedite your package we can make arrangements to meet your time goal.
For scheduled cancellations, if you cancel the session within 48 hours before your scheduled call with a career coach, you may receive a refund.
If you decide that it's best for you to stop your program mid-completion, you may be issued a partial refund. Please note that specific conditions may apply and a refund will only be applied to the sessions that have not been started.
If you have additional questions about refunds please contact our customer support team.
Yes! It is a common misconception that a career coach must be local to be effective. However, it doesn't matter where the career coach lives. That’s because their role is not to help you find a position or supply facts on the local job market. A career coach is there to help you discover what direction you want your career to take, and in what industry.
Since a career coach's job is to ask personal questions about your likes, interests, dislikes, etc., and this can be done by phone or online via Zoom, you do not need to meet in person to have these discussions. This applies whether you are looking for advice, need moral support, or aren't sure which career is best suited for you.
However, it is always nice to meet in person, especially when you're discussing personal information. If you're not sure if you need a local or remote career coach, here are some advantages for both.
Local Career Coach
- Your mock interviews will be in-person which can be more realistic.
- Local coaches often have contacts in industries that can help you secure an interview.
Non-local Career Coaches
- The mock interview process is a small part of the program. The mock interviews can be just as realistic online via Zoom or Skype.
- Even though local coaches may have contacts in businesses it is typically limited to only a few industries that you might not be interested in or qualified for.
Regardless if you choose a local or remote career coach, the important thing is to make sure that he or she is a coach you are comfortable with.